THE OCEAN: KEY TO OUR CLIMATE
Ocean is the planet’s main carbon pump and has the largest capacity for storing heat. Understanding climate mechanisms primarily means understanding the ocean variability. Over the last 30 years, observation systems for the ocean have made giant leaps. The development of satellites for space oceanography has been the driving force behind this revolution. CLS was a pioneer in the field. The company receives, processes and qualifies these satellite data for the international scientific community. As world leader in altimetry CLS works with climatologists. CLS is committed to enhance the ocean data processing in order to better assess the socio-economic impact of the sea level rise in coastal area where population can be threatened. CLS is also involved in a better characterization of the sea level estimation in the Arctic region which is also an area where major issues will arise.
SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES
Marine resources are too often depleted (due to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing). They are also victims of pollution. These stocks will only be able to adapt to global warming if we return to sustainable fishing levels. CLS supports sustainable fisheries management. CLS solutions combine expertise, consulting, technical solutions and services in order to accompany the players in Fisheries in the sustainable Stewardship, the fight against illegal fishing & aquaculture, the implement of sustainable management plans for fisheries and the support of traditional and national fisheries. CLS is committed to monitor all fishing vessels, develop fish traceability solutions from fishing areas to the shore and forecast fisheries impacts on stocks.
BIODIVERSITY… HIGH STAKES FOR HUMANITY
Global warming in the Arctic seas means that ice fields are forming later and later in the year. Polar bears linger for longer on the coastlines. Their hunger pushes them to venture increasingly into Inuit villages, rummaging through dustbins in search of food. Thus, the Inuit believe the species is not at risk. It’s easy to jump to this kind of conclusion if you don’t study a species in its entirety. The study of highly migratory species can in fact only be done from space. In 1978, CNES, NASA and NOAA created the ARGOS satellite location and environmental data collection system. Data from the system is acquired, processed and distributed by CLS to the international scientific community. CLS and Argos helps scientists, NGO and governments measuring the Health of biodiversity. More than 400,000 have been monitored since the 1980s. CLS is committed to make this patrimony grow for many more decades while ensuring the next generation of Argos satellites. CLS will go much further into the number of wild species to be tracked with smaller and smarter devices to better understand and protect our biodiversity.
CLS, a subsidiary of the French Space Agency, ARDIAN & IFREMER, is a worldwide company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth since 1986. Its mission is to deploy innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet, and to manage its resources sustainably.