Monitoring the Climate System from Space: Progress, Pitfalls and Possibilities

Grantham Institute for Climate Change / by Dr. Helen Brindley and Jacqueline Russell

Passive satellite sensors have provided unique observations of the Earth’s climate system since the first space-based weather observations in 1960. Satellite measurements have provided direct observational evidence that recent increases in greenhouse gas concentrations have produced the expected changes to the outgoing energy emitted by the Earth.

This briefing paper provides an overview of the way measurements from space can provide a basis for the understanding and analysis of climate change. It highlights some of the insights to climate change that space observation has provided, as well as proposing initiatives to resolve the difficulties that still exist in constructing climate quality space-based records.


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