The workshop starting today in Mexico City reaffirms the vitality of space cooperation between France and Mexico. The close ties the two nations have forged in space since the inception of AEM in 2010 were formalized in April 2014 by the signature in Mexico City of a framework cooperation agreement in the presence of French President François Hollande and his Mexican counterpart. This strong relationship was instrumental in crafting the Mexico Declaration in September 2015, adopted unanimously by the world’s heads of space agencies, a declaration that proved fundamental in recognizing the contributions of space to understanding, monitoring and coping with climate change at the COP 21 climate conference and in securing the historic agreement of 12 December 2015.
Over the next three days, CNES, CLS and AEM will be organizing a series of workshops and presentations. There will be overviews of ocean parameters and the use of satellite data in monitoring and managing the oceans, interactive sessions with personnel from both space agencies on ocean forecasting models, and demonstrations of support tools for fishing vessels, coastal zone management (preserving the balances of mangroves and coral reefs), detection of illegal oil discharges, identification of pollutants and monitoring of illegal fishing.
In his opening speech, Jean-Yves Le Gall stated: “CNES and AEM enjoy a close relationship and we are particularly pleased to be here to discuss such vital issues together. Space assets are key to improving our understanding and stewardship of the oceans, be it through telecommunications, data collection, navigation or observation. And CNES is especially proud that the TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason 1, Jason 2 and Jason 3 altimetry satellites have played a precursor role in studying the dynamics of the oceans and how they affect climate change.”