Climate Links - A terrestrial data collection network complementing satellite observations

TitleClimate Links - A terrestrial data collection network complementing satellite observations
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsKazemzadeh, F.
UniversityInternational Space University
CityStrasbourg, France

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.
This project envisions a comprehensive system of sensory devices for proficient users in the scientific community and non-specialized users in the public to address the above-mentioned shortcomings. The main focus of the report is to establish requirements for a pilot study in Nigeria using stationary data collection boxes (the ‘GreenBox’) for the systematic collection of precise and accurate data of ten essential climate variables. This integrated system includes all components required for collection, management, and distribution of the sensory data to appropriate users such as scientists and the general public. This report presents recommendations for the system architecture, implementation plan, social and political impacts, and legal consideration of such an endeavor during the pilot project in Nigeria.