Big conference in Oslo on satellites and climate in 2023

The Norwegian Space Center and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) arrange World Space Conference on Climate Change (GLOC 2023) in Oslo from May 23-25, 2023.

GLOC 2023 will help increase knowledge of climate change and how its impacts can be mitigated through space services and applications.

The conference will bring together representatives of major space organizations, the space industry, scientists and other industry, along with decision makers, organizations, agencies and others working on climate issues, to discuss how infrastructure and activities in space can help understand climate change and reduce its impact.

GLOC 2023 will focus in particular on the causes and consequences of climate change, possible solutions to this, Earth observation and climate research satellites, marine monitoring, cooperation between countries and organizations, and the impact of climate change on everyday life.

satellites and climate

Data from satellites is becoming increasingly important in climate action. Earth observation satellites monitor the Earth’s climate and environment, covering large and remote areas quickly and regularly.

In addition, Earth observation satellites provide a long time series of data, which is central to scientists’ models of how the climate is changing. Thus, satellite data is included in the decision basis for climate policy in many countries.

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Sentinel-6, located above northern Norway and the Arctic, will measure the world’s sea level. Illustration: ESA / ATG medialab

Norway is part of Copernicus, the European Union’s program for monitoring Earth’s climate and environment using satellites.

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Norwegian agencies, researchers, companies, organizations, and others use data from the guarded Copernican satellites to monitor many environmental factors, including sea ice, the evolution of glaciers on land, oil spills, fishing activity, air pollution, avalanche risk and much more.

New satellites that can measure and monitor climate change and the impact of measures will make important contributions in the coming years. Read more about these and how satellites contribute to climate monitoring here.

largest industrial organization

The IAF is the largest industrial organization in the aerospace industry with more than 433 member organizations in 72 countries.

This includes the largest space organizations, space companies, research institutions, universities, national space industry organizations, and museums around the world.

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The Global Space Conference on Climate Change (GLOC 2023) will be held in Oslo in 2023. Figure: GLOC 2023

The industry organization stands behind the Global Aerospace Conference Series, which changes its topic and venue every year and of which GLOC 2023 is a part.

This year’s conference

The theme of this year’s conference, GLEC 2022 (Global Space Conference for Emerging Countries), was the space industry and how it can help emerging countries and economies. This conference was held in Quito, Ecuador on May 22-24.

Among other things, the importance of a good legal framework and space law for space activities was discussed, as well as how the space ecosystem could be developed to be as robust as possible in countries with little space experience.

The benefits of space technology and infrastructure in space and how it can contribute to social and economic development were also topics. In addition, various financial models and methods of obtaining resources, as well as the development of new technology and training of personnel, were discussed.

At this year’s conference, the theme of next year’s conference and the host country, ie GLOC 2023 in Oslo, was presented. Kristian Hoegle Hansen, CEO of the Norwegian Space Centre, has signed an agreement to arrange the conference on behalf of the Norwegian Space Centre.

Stas to promote Oslo

– GLEC 2022 was an interesting conference, bringing together participants from 42 countries, says Christian Huegle Hansen.

Participate in two panel discussions, focusing on how National Space Centers contribute to the development of the space industry, and what challenges lie with models of good governance, risks and compliance with international rules.

“In Norway, as a small space nation, we did a lot right, and I received good feedback on the examples of tropical rainforest monitoring, marine monitoring, and the development of Andøya as a small satellite launch center,” says Hauglie-Hanssen.

The importance of good employment of STEM subjects, as well as cooperation between countries in the region, was a topic of review at the conference.

– As usual, there was a good opportunity to develop networks and establish new relationships. And, of course, it was great to be able to promote Oslo as the host city for next year’s GLOC2023 conference, says Hauglie-Hanssen.


Christian Hoegle Hansen – General Manager – Norwegian Space Center – 920 60 043

Marianne Moen – Director of Communications – Norwegian Space Center – 480 63743

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