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The Contribution of Space Technologies to Arctic Policy Priorities

28 Aug 2012

This report compares the needs of Arctic stakeholders (as articulated in policies and strategies) with the contribution different types of satellite technologies (communications, weather, navigation, earth observation, surveillance, and science) can make to meet current and future requirements. It will help the European Space Agency (ESA) understand Arctic issues, increase the synergy between ESA activities and Arctic initiatives, and assist ESA in preparing relevant Arctic related programme proposals to meet future requirements.


The Arctic is a challenging region in which to live and work. Distances are vast, the weather is difficult, and for much of the year it is dark. Although increasing, Arctic populations are small. Space technologies have many attributes that make them ideal for application in the Arctic context. Satellites can see remote areas that could not be accessed in any other way. They can cover wide areas with relatively little infrastructure. And, they can provide types of information that are not available from any other source. Space technologies can contribute to Arctic policy priorities in many ways: Communications, Earth Observation, Navigation, Surveillance and Science.

Author: Polar View

Year of publication: 2012

Publisher: Polar View

Tags: Arctic biodiversity climate change earth observation education indigenous peoples infrastructure polar report technology and innovation transport environment and health

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