South America Water from Space Conference 26-28 March, Santiago, Chile
Climate, weather, and human life are profoundly affected by changes in Earth’s continuous, interconnected ‘water cycle’. Observing and monitoring the key variables governing the global water cycle is essential to our understanding of the Earth’s climate, forecasting weather, predicting floods and droughts, and improving water management for human use.
The progress of Earth Observation Satellite Technologies (EO) has made it possible since at least the last 40 years to survey several of these key water variables from space. In the coming years, an increasing number of EO missions will offer an unprecedented capacity to observe the Earth’s surface, its interior and the atmosphere, ushering in a new era in the science of the Earth environment and the water cycle.