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Universities Space Research Association contributes to the first Global Stocktake (GST) technical assessment of global climate-change mitigation effort towards the Paris Agreement goal

Washington, DC–April 10, 2023. A recent NASA study used carbon dioxide (CO2 ) data collected from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) satellite to look at carbon balance of countries globally. The study, (published in Earth Science System Data [https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-15-963-2023]), demonstrated the use of space-based atmospheric CO data for supporting global climate change mitigation monitoring. “The NASA study is a great demonstration of how USRA’s value-added Earth observation product (Open-Source Inventory For Anthropogenic CO2--ODIAC) can directly contribute to the climate change mitigation monitoring”, said Dr. Tomohiro Oda, a senior scientist and USRA’s COP delegation lead, and co-author of the NASA study.

Photo of the COP 27 entrance

Entrance to COP 27

In addition, to playing a key role in the study, USRA has contributed to the Global Stocktake (GST) which is a critical technical assessment process under the UNFCCC where our global collective mitigation and adaptation efforts towards the Paris Agreement goal are evaluated. GST will be conducted every 5 years, and the results will be used to set more stringent targets for countries, to achieve the Paris Agreement goal effectively.

USRA has been admitted as an observer since 2021.  The USRA delegation for the past two COP meetings in Glasgow, UK in 2021 (COP26) and Sharm El Shaikh, Egypt in 2022 (COP27), facilitated important Earth-observation-based mitigation conversations at COP meetings. Particularly, USRA and Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies co-hosted a side event in COP27 having prominent invited speakers from the US, Japan and Europe. USRA also submitted input for the GST to the third meeting of the Technical Dialog to be held in May in Bonn, Germany. 

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