Earth observation is a consolidated domain experiencing, as the whole space sector is, explosive growth and rise in interest. The ones who profit the most from data and services that originate from Earth observation are the authorities and public institutions, institutions responsible for managing natural and energy resources, companies, providers of services associated with meteorological forecast, defence and intelligence agencies.
The possibility of monitoring greenhouse gases from space through next-generation sensors will allow for new kinds of investigations and is going to be one of the priorities in the Copernicus roadmap, the European Earth observation program.
Already today, two-thirds of the fifty Essential Climate Variables necessary for the work of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change can be measured in a reliable way from space and used in open mode through Copernicus services that supply actual BigData.
LINKS Foundation has been working for some time in the field of satellite data processing for Earth observation, in close contact with research institutions, universities and European businesses. The Foundation boasts solid experiences in the study of artificial intelligence algorithms applied to data from the Copernicus system for many diverse civil applications such as emergency management, energy, healthcare, environmental protection and precision agriculture.
LINKS has led many European-Commission-funded research programs on satellite data processing systems that, together with land-based sensors (in-situ measurements) and data generated by man (human-sensing) allow for furthering the environment’s resilience to natural catastrophes caused by climate change, supporting world heritage management or investigations against environmental crimes or the quality of the urban spaces we live in and of the air we breath.