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  • A One Planet Summit for Biodiversity

    Revive green diplomacy: this was France's objective in organising the 4th One Planet Summit at the Élysée Palace on Monday, 11 January 2021, in cooperation with the United Nations and the World Bank. SCO was present at the Summit, which was attended in person or virtually by representatives of a large number of countries and international organisations.

  • 1st COPIL for FloodDAM

    COPIL, remember this little word because it will become common in the SCO news that will follow the evolution of the labeled projects. COPIL means Steering Committee, regular meetings of the partners of a project - the consortium - to activate its implementation and monitor its progress. For FloodDam, December 14 marks its 1st COPIL, which aims to lay the governance and milestones of the project.

  • Littoscope, deeply SCO

    The rising level of the oceans is inevitably eating away at coastal regions, which is one of the most concerning aspects of global warming. Rising to the challenge of identifying coastal flooding hazards and assessing their socioeconomic risks for the area, Littoscope is a flagship project as it is typical of the "SCO concept": satellite data combined with in-situ and socioeconomic data to tackle recognised local issues. Three months after project kick-off, stakeholders in the Littoscope consortium welcomed us to their stage review on 11 December 2020. Focus.

  • One-to-one with the OFB

    2020 was declared the International Year of Biodiversity, so the SCO made this theme the central focus of its calls for projects. Among the members of the SCO France Inter-Agency Committee (IAC), there is one who keeps a very close eye on the responses to the national call for projects: the OFB, the French Office for Biodiversity. Interview with François Hissel, Director of Monitoring, Assessment and Data at the OFB.

  • MEO Climate, official launch in the Gers region

    Backed by the Toulouse-based start-up MEOSS, MEO Climate was one of the first projects to be awarded the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) label in March 2020. The objective is to implement a mapping platform that will provide local and regional authorities with local spatial and temporal indicators that are up-to-date and validated. The tool, which is being tested in the Gers region of south-west France, will enable close monitoring of the initiatives undertaken in the areas of renewable energies, management of water reserves and farming practices. We talked to Thomas Ferrero, founder of MEOSS, and Hervé Lefebvre, Chair of the collective association of municipalities managing the plan for coherent territorial development (SCoT) in Gascony, south-west France).

  • Towards a Latin American SCO

    To curb the ever-increasing effects of climate change, the Mexican space agency, AEM, would like to launch the creation of a Latin American SCO. In particular, this joining of forces and means will enable non-signatory countries of the SCO to benefit from its projects. In partnership with the French SCO, on Friday 6 November 2020, it organised a webinar of presentations and discussions.

  • One-to-one with the CNRS

    When we talk about climate change, we firstly think about the Earth system, and the CNRS covers all of its themes. Already a user of space data in association with field data, the CNRS is among the very first players in SCO France, which was created barely five months after the official launch of the SCO International initiative. Interview with Nicolas Arnaud, Director of the National Institute of Universal Science (CNRS-INSU), who shares his vision and his motivation to give shape to SCO.