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Space-Applications in Climate Change and Green Systems: the Need for International Cooperation, Published 2010, 66 pages. Over the past half-century, space systems and activities have made crucial contributions to the study and understanding of climate change, through the multi-decade accumulation of vast quantities of scientific data concerning the atmosphere, the oceans, the lands, and the mechanisms of exchanges between these domains. The future activities of the global space community can make significant contributions to monitoring and understanding both the causes and the consequences of Climate Change, as well as to mitigating its effects. This report of the International Academy of Astronautics addresses these potential contributions, examining three critically important themes: observing Earth from space, leveraging the integration of space and ground systems, and enabling novel green systems and technologies. The report finds that there is already significant and successful international cooperation, particularly as regards Earth observation, but that still more can be done. The report concludes by presenting the recommendations of the Academy to the global space community for action in each thematic area, including crosscutting actions for enhanced international cooperation both among the members of the space community, and with organizations external to it.
Space-Based Disaster Management: the Need for International Cooperation, Published 2010, 79 pages. The report briefly describes the significant role played by space technology vis-à-vis major natural disasters, overall shortcomings in the presently available space observations and in early warning/forecasting methods.  Further it gives an account of various international initiatives which are providing space-based information and services for monitoring and mitigating different natural disasters.  Possible satellite constellations carrying both optical and microwave sensors capable of providing data at frequent intervals as well as those providing measurements required as precursors for earthquakes are indicated.  The study makes various recommendations related to virtual satellite constellations, data sharing policy, access to in-situ observations across geographical boundaries, strengthening collaborative efforts in developing early warning methods, augmenting communication networks for ensuring availability of data and value-added products in near real-time and necessary efforts required for capacity building and outreach activities.
Space for Security and Prosperity of the Peoples. Published 2010, 440 pages. Hardcover. Security of Mankind can not be enhanced without comprehensive review of the whole part of factors and threats as well as the use of the most up to date technologies and interdisciplinary approaches to this very complex problem. IAA International Symposium “Space & Global Security of Humanity” held in Limassol, Cyprus, November 2-4, 2009, has examined the problem area of global security of humanity and the way to solve problems of creation of international aerospace system for monitoring of global natural and technogenic phenomena (IGMAS), insuring the sustainability and harmony of mankind’s development. This book also gives detailed information on Earth’s Socio-Natural Balance Conservancy, Space systems and advanced space-time data technologies – Neogeography, Aerospace technologies and global security (Earth remote sensing, geoinformational technologies in industry, ecology and other spheres), Common Educational and Scientific Space. International Distance Learning System.
Dealing with the Threat to Earth from Asteroids and Comets, Published 2009, 140 pages. The Earth has been struck by asteroids and comets (Near-Earth Objects, NEOs) many times throughout its history. This report of the International Academy of Astronautics addresses the nature of the threat, expected future impacts, and the consequences of impacts from various size NEOs.  It reviews current programs to detect, track, and characterize NEOs, and the future improvements required in order to take responsible and timely action.  It identifies a number of techniques that could alter an incoming NEO’s orbit so as to avoid an impact.  It addresses the organizational aspects that will have to be dealt with if a serious international capability is to be developed and employed to mitigate the threat.  It then addresses behavioral factors and the sociological and psychological aspects of the threat and attempts at its mitigation before, during, and after an intercept attempt, whether successful or not.  Lastly the report examines some of the principal international policy implications that must be dealt with if the world is to act in a timely, unified, and effective way with the very real threat due to NEOs.
Cost Effective Earth Observation Missions,  October 2005, A. A. Balkema Publisher, a member of Taylor & Francis Group plc. Laiden, The Netherlands, 160 pages. Publication sponsored by DLR, Germany. Cost-effective missions can be achieved by using different approaches and methods. One of the possible approaches is taking full advantage of the ongoing technology developments leading to further miniaturization of engineering components, development of micro-technologies for sensors and instruments which allow designing dedicated, well-focused Earth observation missions. This Study provides a definition of cost-effective Earth observation missions, information about background material and organizational support, shows the cost drivers and how to achieve cost-effective missions, and provides a chapter dedicated to training and education. The focus is on the status quo and prospects of applications in the field of Earth observation.
Space to Promote Peace (with focus on reconstruction of Afghanistan), September 2004, Paris, France, 119 pages. Can Space technology promote peace and development in the world? Can Space technology contribute to meet efficiently such a challenge and aid the Afghan and the international efforts of reconstruction in Afghanistan? Can Space- based tools make a difference? These are questions that nations having space-capabilities have to answer and make a combined effort to pitch in support of promoting peace and bring in an improvement in the quality of life of these people. Intuitively, countries with access to space assets know that space-based applications can have the potential to enhance life on Earth, including contributions to environmental monitoring, natural resource management, health, and therefore to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in these countries. However, they know that the capabilities of space technology are still not used in a huge part of the world where they could be extremely useful, particularly in Afghanistan: The challenge is implementation.





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