Human activity is seriously impacting the complex ecological feedback
systems that connect the chemistry and behaviour of our oceans, atmosphere
and soils. Climate Change is the largest threat facing civilisation. We
can still only estimate the speed at which increased greenhouse gas emissions
will precipitate damaging feedback effects such as accelerated melting
of the cryosphere, desertification and increased carbon loss from soils.
This increasing environmental change will force change on
where people can live, and how they can sustain themselves. These are
the challenges that businesses and governments require help in order to
For decades, scientists from government labs, NGO’s
and industry have been feeding in their respective data into the ever
more complex computer tools which provide today’s estimates of possible
climate change scenarios. However, despite international political endeavours
towards global emissions targets, much new research continues to suggest
that the targets to which the international community is preparing, will
not be enough to stop global warming accelerating.
Underpinning most of the climate modelling and subsequent mitigation policies
is the discipline of Remote Sensing.
Timeframes for international emissions reduction targets are being discussed
and agreed upon - see Sustainability -