Rene Heise from NATO HQ IS -ESC, Climate and Energy Security Section (VNC) will talk about the project Cube4EnvSec- a new multi-year project supported by the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Programme to study the climate-space nexus.
NATO Allies recognise that they face many environmental challenges, in particular the increasing risks of accelerating climate change, and have been addressing these challenges for many years. In March 2021, NATO Foreign Ministers endorsed NATO‘s Climate Change and Security Agenda. It provides a 360-degree approach, encompassing measures to increase Allied awareness of the impact of climate change on security. Just a few months later at the NATO Summit in Brussels, NATO Leaders agreed a Climate Change and Security Action Plan, with the aim of making NATO the leading international organization when it comes to understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on security. At the Madrid Summit 2022, NATO published one element of its Action Plan - the first Climate Change and Security Impact Assessment. In addition to maritime, land and air domains, the Impact Assessment underlines the threat climate-related hazards present to the operational domain of space. These effects will be presented, followed by a discussion of the resulting new challenges for civil-military systems. Correspondingly, NATO recently launched a multi-year "Cube4EnvSec" project, as part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) programme. This flagship SPS project leverages the latest IT advances by combining space/time data cubes and AI. A series of relevant use cases will be established, proving the capabilities of real-time data cube management, analytics, and federation of fixed and moving data sources and sinks. One use case is planned with the impact of space weather effects on energy systems and critical infrastructure as well as data links from satellites and UAVs.