January 4, 2015

2015, space for the climate

Jean-Yves Le Gall. © CNES/LEFEUVRE Eric, 2013
Crédits : CNES

Following a year of great achievements and important decisions in 2014, our Space policy in 2015 will hinge on climate-related challenges.

The first reason is that several scientific and technological programmes we have been working on for years will begin to bear fruit. This is true for the Jason 3 satellite, to be launched next summer and which will continue the investigation of the oceans, begun with Topex-Poseidon in 1992 and later pursued by Jason 1 and 2.

Secondly because several projects, each of them innovative in its own right, are currently being developed. Swot will enable us to learn more about the global dynamics of terrestrial surface waters, IASI NG will further improve weather forecasting and Merlin will study methane and its impact on the greenhouse effect.

Finally, because France will be hosting the COP 21 Conference in Paris in December, an event that will bring together all those concerned by climate change.

Space will naturally be a constant topic of discussion, given its vital contribution to knowledge of our planet and especially of its evolution. In 2015 the overriding objective will thus be to bring global warming under control.

Success is imperative because as the UN Secretary General said quite rightly, we cannot fail ”because there is no plan B since there is no planet B”. This is why CNES will be making Space available for the climate in 2015.

Jean-Yves Le Gall
CNES President
Janvier 2015

Our Space policy in 2015
 will hinge on climate-related
 challenges.