The Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT) announced that UNAM, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and NASA will work on a carbon cycle and climate change observatory.
“It is considered that climate change will be the next greatest shared challenge for humanity, so it is paramount, and a source of pride, to be able to start this new project with the great talent of UNAM,” said Landeros Ayala in a SICT press release.
The “Mexican Observatory of Climate and Atmospheric Condition” will begin operations in 2022 as an earth data station connected to NASA’s Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory (GeoCarb) satellite, said UNAM’s Rector Enrique Graue Wiechers and AEM’s General Director Salvador Landeros Ayala. The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) will also support the project.
The observatory will offer a record amount of data on atmospheric gases including carbon dioxide, methane and carbon monoxide, allowing scientists to study climate change and monitor ecosystem stress in an ‘unprecedented’ way, according to SICT.
This is only one of the many collaborative projects between NASA and UNAM. In 2020, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) launched a masterclass to introduce the telescope’s instrumentation to UNAM’s students.
“With first rate projects like this one, which, with NASA technology, will make it possible to improve understanding of the carbon cycle and other actions, progress is made to apply space science and technology to tasks that benefit life here on earth,” reads SICT’s press release.