When it comes to making the case for space involvement in environmental policy, Manfletti has the figures to hand. “Out of 50 data variables that are used to monitor the climate, such as ocean levels, salinity and aerosols, 26 of them can only be monitored really well from space,” she explains.
However, when Manfletti first read the European Commission’s green deal communication in December, she was surprised that space was not included. “I even flipped to the annexes at the end” she says, “I hoped to see it somewhere as a cross-cutting sector, like the digital economy”.
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