OHB-System forms partnership with China on CarbonSat
OHB System AG has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese Institute of Remote Sensing Applications to develop a global satellite system for measuring the greenhouse gases which are at the root of global warming.
The partnership was triggered by a proposal for a satellite-based global measuring and monitoring system for the greenhouse gases CO2 and methane known as "CarbonSat"-Constellation. This idea is based on the previous research work with the ESA satellite ENVISAT, the Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Chartography" (SCIAMACHY) and related Chinese research.
Using as a basis a German prototype satellite, a German-Chinese satellite constellation is to be assembled to which other nations can contribute further satellites. This system will be open and transparent for all countries, thus providing a globally accepted source of climatic data for the first time.
Said Berry Smutny, CEO of OHB-System AG, upon signing the memorandum of understanding: "Environmental protection is a global challenge and only global partnerships are able to achieve the results required to protect the earth. The Chinese involvement in this new German-Chinese partnership shows how seriously both sides are committed to the transparent implementation of the post Kyoto Protocol. This partnership also demonstrates that space technology is playing an instrumental role in environmental protection. This is because global monitoring of CO2 emissions is only possible from space. We hope that other nations will also become involved."
The increase in greenhouse gases is one of the causes of global warming., with CO2 responsible for 60% and methane for 20% of the rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution. However, the results achieved to date indicate that m
More precise and frequent measurements are required for greater accuracy in modeling the increase in atmospheric temperatures caused by carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), the two main greenhouse gases.
For this purpose, OHB-System and the Institute of Environmental Physics (IUP) at the University of Bremen working with the support of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and economic development agency Wirschaftsförderung Bremen have devised a new measuring system based on a satellite constellation with enhanced sensors. The concepts and technologies developed are worldwide leading. Consequently, it will now be possible for the first time to collect daily measurements in high local resolution to create a reliable base of data for more accurate forecasts of climatic change as a foundation for political and economic decisions.