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Satellite Earth Observations and Their Impact on Society and Policy

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  • Results from an unprecedented workshop bringing together an international advisory board of experts in science, policy, Earth observation, and innovative industry
  • Presents an up-to-date and unique compilation of the breadth of work in studies on the socioeconomic impact of satellite Earth observation
  • Is relevant to a society that seeks to understand the link between observations and government policies decided in the Paris Agreement and future discussions on climate change
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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Background and Introduction

  2. A Study on Methods for Assessing the Impact of Satellite Observations on Environmental Policy (Japan)

  3. International Initiatives and Studies


About this book

The result of a workshop bringing together an international advisory board of experts in science, satellite technologies, industry innovations, and public policy, this book addresses the current and future roles of satellite Earth observations in solving large-scale environmental problems. The book showcases the results of engaging distinct communities to enhance our ability to identify emerging problems and to administer international regimes created to solve them. It also reviews the work of the Policy and Earth Observation Innovation Cycle (PEOIC) project, an effort aimed at assessing the impact of satellite observations on environmental policy and to propose a mission going forward that would launch an “innovation cycle”. The achievements of such a mission would feed back to innovations in next-generation observation technology, thus contributing to global policy demand for policy-relevant information.

This book is open access under a CC BY  license. 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Tokyo, Japan

    Masami Onoda

  • Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

    Oran R Young

About the editors

Masami Onoda is currently the U.S. and multilateral relations interface at the International Relations and Research Department of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Fellow of the Institute of Global Environmental Strategies and Advisor to the space debris start-up Astroscale Pte Ltd. Dr. Onoda has been engaged in international coordination of satellite programs including serving on the Secretariat of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations in Geneva, Switzerland, and earlier as the Secretariat of the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. She has also supported technology transfer to SMEs for a small satellite project. She holds a Ph.D. in Global Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree in environmental management from the Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Tokyo.

Oran R. Young is a renowned Arctic expert and a world leader in the fields of international governance and environmental institutions. His scientific work encompasses both basic research focusing on collective choice and social institutions, and applied research dealing with issues pertaining to international environmental governance and the Arctic as an international region. Professor Young served for 6 years as vice-president of the International Arctic Science Committee and was the founding chair of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change within the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. He currently chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change and the Steering Committee of the Arctic Governance Project.

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