Welcome to the website for Space4Climate (formerly CDSSG)

This unique group offers a valuable forum bringing together representatives from academia, the public sector and industry, all with an interest in establishing a ‘seamless supply chain’ for climate data from space.

Since it was initiated in late 2013, Space4Climate (formerly known as CDSSG) has had a positive impact throughout the UK climate data community through consultations, engagement, raising awareness, supporting funding bids and industry-focused studies.

One of its most successful impacts has been in helping the UK community take advantage of EU funding opportunities and ensuring that the UK’s priorities are communicated coherently and effectively to organisations such as ESA.

In 2015/16 Space4Climate undertook and successfully completed a significant work programme.

The tasks were:

Task 1:  Mapping of seamless supply chain

Task 2:  Systems design to support operational climate data production at JASMIN/CEMS, plus report on data licensing issues

Task 3:  Near-real time ozone and methane data production at JASMIN/CEMS

Task 4:  Climate Data Exploration Demonstrator

Task 5:  Costing report for operational support system at JASMIN/CEMS

Big Data earth observation

Space4Climate has a proven track record in:

  • Building links along the entire climate data supply chain, from raw satellite data to end user products, bringing together experts in data, infrastructure, science and applications
  • Influencing the development of the UK’s key infrastructure assets, to meet the particular requirements of exploiting climate data from space
  • Supporting UK organisations competing for funding for projects involving climate data, including the Copernicus Climate Change Service where UK organisations have had particular success
  • Achieving a clear representation of UK priorities in the ESA Climate Change Initiative through consultations across the UK climate data community
  • Delivering consultations on priorities to feed into the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme, and UK science investment strategy

The activities of the group have been supported to date by the UK Space Agency and the National Centre for Earth Observation.

If you would like further information about Space4Climate, or if you would like to join our mailing list, please email

Space4Climate and the UK Space Agency hosted a free Climate Data From Space Workshop on July 5, 2016. You can download the course presentations hereFive of the presentations, including a Science Overview by Prof Chris Merchant and a Policy Overview by Prof Richard Brook, were filmed and are on the Institute for Environmental Analytics You Tube channel here.

In 2016, the Space4Climate was instrumental in setting up the Climate-Data from Space Zone, which will deliver dedicated storage, processing and software resources to the climate data providers’ community.

Climate Data visualisation
Visualisation of climate data from space. PHOTO: IEA / Emma Sheppard

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