26.09.2011 - Natural Sciences Sector

Exhibition ‘Satellites and World Heritage Sites, Partners to Understand Climate Change’ at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

© Cnes 2009 - Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image. The satellite image shows that Venice is highly vulnerable to any change in sea level. The frequency of flooding and damage to the city has increased significantly in recent decades.

The exhibition ‘Satellites and World Heritage Sites, Partners to Understand Climate Change’ was first created to highlight the specific climate change challenges facing World Heritage sites. The series of 25 panels use satellite images to show the threats facing these unique places, including shrinking glaciers, coral bleaching, disappearing permafrost, desertification and floods.

Space-based sensors have the capacity to measure essential climate change variables. Overall comprehensive monitoring using space technologies is made possible through collaboration among nations around the globe.

UNESCO in close partnership with its space partners created the exhibition for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP16), where it was publicly displayed in Cancun, Mexico. The exhibition then travelled to the cities of Campeche and Ciudad del Carmen, before opening in Beijing, China. It is displayed on the exterior fences of UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris until 11 November 2011.

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