Bill Nelson, representative of the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), described climate change as a global challenge that requires immediate action, after signing a joint declaration of intention during a virtual meeting held yesterday, the post explained.
Nelson emphasized that the agreement will set standards for future international collaboration, providing essential information to address the challenges, ‘and helping to answer and address the most pressing questions in Earth science for the benefit of the United States, Europe, and the world’.
The proposal seeks to create a more global strategic partnership, including cooperation on missions and other research activities, such as agencies working together to define a mission that studies the water cycle and a successor to the Gravity Recovery and Climate tracking spacecraft current experiment.
On the other hand, NASA and ESA are currently developing studies on Earth sciences, including Sentinel-6, a program to fly two satellites aiming at continuing the record of three decades of sea level measurements.
This initiative, in which the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the European Commission, the European Organization for the Use of Satellites and the National Center for Space Studies (France) also participate, launched the first satellite of this type built in Europe, in November 2020.