Adaptation Futures 2018

The Space4Climate group will be running a stand, and are involved in running a session at Adaptation Futures 2018 – Dialogues for Solutions in Cape Town in June this year.  The conference aims to progress discussion and learning within the adaptation community on how to move from problem diagnosis to successful implementation.


World Café: Applications of Earth Observation Data for Risk Management and Resilience Building

20 June | Session S43 |  9:15am | Room 2.41

Event Chair: Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, GEO Co-chair and Principal/Head of South Africa’s Delegation to GEO, South Africa.

The Space4Climate group  is partnering with Acclimatise and the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) to run a special session on the application of earth observation data for risk management and resilience building at the Adaptation Futures conference taking place in Cape Town (South Africa) in June. The session will engage a variety of climate data providers and users interested in the use of Earth Observation (EO) data.

We invite you to join us in a discussion regarding the potential of using existing and emerging EO data to improve climate resilience across sectors including how it can be combined with other types of data (e.g. socioeconomic). The World Café session format is designed to promote interaction between data providers and data users. Case studies of uses of EO data will provide discussion prompts, helping to uncover challenges and enabling factors for data use to support climate resilience building. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in up to three different sector discussions.


Table topics:

Table 1: Agriculture – Chair: Yana Gevorgyan, NOAA/GEO, U.S

Table 2: Cities – Chair: Geoff Busswell,Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd

Table 3: Financial Institutions – Chair:Laura Canevari, Acclimatise, U.K

Table 4: Insurance – Chair: Beth Greenaway, UK Space Agency

Table 5: Health – Chair: Tegan Blaine, USAID, U.S.


Download the event flyer (PDF)  here

Download the session report (with speaker bios) here [Available soon]

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Chair’s welcome  Presented by: Mr Mmboneni Muofhe, GEO Co-chair and Principal/Head of South Africa’s Delegation to GEO, South Africa.

Mr. Mmboneni Muofhe is the Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Technology Innovation at the Department of Science and Technology in South Africa and oversees the South Africa’s Space Science and Technology Strategy, among other strategies. Previously, he was the DDG for International Cooperation and Resources and Co-chaired the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He has also assisted the development of the South African Earth Observation Strategy (SAEOS).

Satellite Earth Observation; from mission to climate data products for resilience building  – Presented by: Beth Greenaway,  UKSA.  PDF will be available here after event

Beth Greenaway is Head of Earth Observation and Climate at the UK Space Agency where she leads on Earth Observation policy, strategy and funding. Beth devised the UK Environmental Observation Framework and was fundamental to production of the Data Sharing Action Plan through the GEO Data Sharing Working Group. Beth brings a broad knowledge and enthusiasm for the whole Earth Observation system, facilitating growth and innovation and solutions to societal issues.

EO derived climate services for implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement  – Presented by: Briony Turner, Space4Climate.  PDF will be available here after event

Briony Turner is the Climate Services Development Manager for the Space4Climate group and a Steering Group member of the London Climate Change Partnership. She previously worked for the UK Climate Impacts Programme and is completing a PhD on mainstreaming climate change adaptation in England’s social housing sector at King’s College London.

Look back to look forward  – Presented by: John Firth, Acclimatise.  PDF will be available here after event

John has over 25 years’ extensive experience of integrating climate change into decision-making and risk management processes. As CEO of Acclimatise, he is involved in a number of international climate service initiatives, including The Collider and the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation (GCECA), where he is a member of the governing board.


These case studies will form 5 minute oral presentations on the discussion tables, helping to provide tangible examples for table participants to discuss as well as drawing on their own experiences as data providers, users or clients.  Table discussion will be facilitated around the following topics:

  • Ways in which Earth Observation data help strengthen/provide new climate services
  • Data accessibility: Technologies, infrastructure and cost
  • Earth observation data quality and reliability
  • Challenges and enabling factors for the use of EO data in climate resilience building


Download all the case studies [Available after event, 20th June]


Table 1 Agriculture

Improving Food Security with Earth Observations: GEO Global Agriculture Monitoring Initiative (GEOGLAM)  Presented by: Yana Gevorgyan, NOAA/GEO, U.S. PDF available here

Understanding factors associated with weather warning responses in marine fishermen  – Presented by: Krishna Malakar, IDP in Climate Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India. PDF available here

How can Earth Observation Data support sustainable development in the Caribbean?  – Presented by: Shona Paterson, Future Earth Coasts. PDF available here and aquaculture focus study here


Table 2 Cities

Using Earth Observation Tools for Cities: Challenges and Opportunities  – Presented by: Neuni Farhad, C40. PDF will available here on the 19th June.

Identification and Classification of Coastal Towns and Cities: Prioritising the implementation of Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives in Denmark – Presented by: Madhuri Gotety, Aalborg University. PDF available here

Probabilistic rainfall nowcasting warning system for flash flood risk management  – Presented by: Angelica Nardo Caseri, Cemaden. PDF available here


Table 3 Financial Institutions

Earth observation: Supporting strategic climate resilience building in financial services  – Presented by: Laura Canevari, Acclimatise. PDF available here

Climate Data Store: authoritative hub of climate information for understanding past and future impact of climate change across a variety of market sectors.  – Presented by: Briony Turner, Space4Climate. PDF available here


Table 4 Insurance

Wind Storm Information Service (WISC) – enhancing the insurance sector’s understanding of the nature of windstorms over the European continent.  – Presented by: Beth Greenaway, UKSA. PDF available here

Applying the ECA approach to climate insurance – Presented by: Sönke Kreft, UNU. PDF available here

How best to engage potential users with National Centers for Environmental Information’s (NCEI) climate and weather data  – Presented by: Briony Turner on behalf of John Firth, Acclimatise. PDF available here


Table 5 Health

Evaluating multiple lines of evidence on evolving climate-related disease risks  – Presented by: Dr Tegan Blaine, USAID. PDF  available here

Climate Driven Risk of Dengue Virus Transmission in Sonora, Mexico  – Presented by: Cory Morin, University of Arizona. PDF available here

A new tool for satellite-based monitoring environmental effects on Health  – Presented by: Celestino Gómez Cid, Gmv Innovating, Solutions Ltd]. PDF available here

Adaptation Futures S4C twitter_final

Adaptation Futures is the biennial conference of the Global Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), an initiative hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to guide and bring coherence to adaptation research worldwide . The last conference was held in 2016 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with over 1700 attendees from more than 100 countries. This year, organisers anticipate over a 1000 participants from academia, government, civil society and business, all aiming to take climate adaptation forward.

About Adaptation Futures

Useful resources:

Space4Climate members at Adaptation Futures:

If you’d like to organise a side meeting or press interview with us, please contact Briony Turner

Beth Greenaway, Head of Earth Observations and Climate, UK Space Agency
Beth Greenaway, Head of Earth Observations and Climate, UK Space Agency
Geoff Busswell, Head of Marketing and Sales - Satellite Systems & Operations, Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd
Geoff Busswell, Head of Marketing and Sales - Satellite Systems & Operations, Telespazio VEGA UK Ltd
Briony Turner, Climate Services Development Manager, Space4Climate IEA
Briony Turner, Climate Services Development Manager, Space4Climate IEA
Director of Space at GMV-UK
Director of Space at GMV-UK


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