|Title||Climate Links - A terrestrial data collection network complementing satellite observations|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|University||International Space University|
The ISU Masters 2009 Team Project, Climate Links: A Terrestrial Climate Data Collection Network Complementing Satellite Observations, pursues the following:
To design an integrated climate data collection, management, and distribution systemfeaturing in-situ data collection complementary to satellite data collection.
The increase in the number of satellites dedicated to studying climate variables and the establishment of international programs such as GEOSS clearly show that space infrastructure plays a key role in understanding the mechanisms and effects of climate change. Although increasing amounts of climate data are being collected from space, there remains a lack of in-situ data collection to correlate and validate the satellite-collected data. The reason for this deficiency is that traditional methods of terrestrial data collection are often expensive and time consuming. There is also a lack in knowledge of the existence of such data by the space community.