EPA Climate Change Lecture Series continues

Date released: Nov 20 2012

Dr Alan Belward from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Italy will provide an evening lecture on the power and potential of earth observation from space as part of the EPA’s Climate Change Lecture Series.  The lecture will be held in the Mansion House on Tuesday 20th November at 18:30.

Global challenges require global information and analyses and from space a suite of satellites, developed by the European Space Agency, NASA and other space agencies are providing a unique picture of a changing planet.   Satellites   are at the forefront of fulfilling today’s information needs to support actions on the key challenges we face in climate change, land degradation, biodiversity loss and wider environmental change.  

Dr Dara Lynott, Deputy Director-General, EPA, commented,
“Satellites observations bring an exciting new dimension to environmental monitoring.  The startling images of artic sea-ice loss show us how much our planet is changing and alerts us to the need to both prepare for impacts and act to prevent catastrophic changes. The EPA’s Climate Change Lecture Series is extremely popular and once again we anticipate a large attendance at Dr Belward’s talk. We will be providing an on-line video of the lecture for those who can’t attend.”

Dr Alan Belward will show how the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative is changing our understanding of how the Earth works and providing information on natural disasters such as land subsidence or floods.

Through Enterprise Ireland an increasing number of businesses in Ireland are also using this data to develop new information services across international markets targeting end-user organisations in business and resource protection such as Coast Guards, Naval Services and Environmental Protection Agencies. To coincide with the lecture the EPA is also releasing a research report on the further development of Earth Observation in Ireland.  The report was compiled by Dr Brendan Kelly of Athlone Institute of Technology and suggests that Ireland is well placed to develop and use Earth Observation products and services.

Notes to Editors:

Biographical notes: Dr Alan Belward is Head of the Land Resource Management Unit of the European Commission’s  Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. His research is focused on monitoring land dynamics based on satellite remote sensing data. This is used to assess climate change impacts and the conservation and support for biological diversity. He has worked for the G8 Committee on Earth Observation Satellites, the  International Geosphere Biosphere Programme and the Gl obal Climate Observing System. From 2002 to 2006 he chaired the Global Climate Observing System’s Terrestrial Panel and since 2009 he has served on the GCOS Steering Committee. He is currently a member of the NASA and USGS Landsat Data Continuity Mission Science Team and the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 Mission Advisory Group. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Technical University of Vienna where he teaches Environmental Technologies and International Affairs.

Registration: The lecture is free, but attendee should register in advance via email to clara@claraclark.ie or by telephone: 01- 2898533.

Chair: The EPA’s Climate Change Lecture Series is chaired by Dr John Bowman.

Previous Climate Change lectures: All previous lectures in the lecture series are available on the  EPA’s You Tube Channel and on the EPA’s website.

Further information: Emily Williamson/Annette Cahalane, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)