Last week Norway signed a climate pact with the state of California, to help it electrify driving. Now Norway has signed a new deal with the US’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), to strengthen monitoring of climate change in the Arctic.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Tuesday that NASA and Norwegian mapping agency Kartverket will jointly develop new technology to improve climate surveillance. The agreement is believed to have great significance for the measuring of sea levels and changes in the ice.
“This is a groundbreaking agreement because we will now use our most fantastic technology in an extremely important geographic area in Norway,” Michael Freilich, director of NASA’s earth observations, told NRK. NASA will deliver a satellite distance recorder to the new observatory in the settlement of international researchers at Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard, over which Norway has territorial jurisdiction.
Freilich and Per-Erik Opseth of Kartverket will cooperate closely and hope the agreement will lead to even more international cooperation on climate change surveillance. “This will give us the opportunity to understand developments in sea levels in relation to how land masses move,” Opseth told NRK. “Then we can much better predict how the globe and climate will change in the time ahead.”
The new observatory on Svalbard is due to open in June of next year. NASA is also building a special robust telescope for the observatory that can tolerate the tough climate on Svalbard.