Partner Perspective

WGIC Partners with Geospatial Virtual Pavillion @ COP26 on climate change

In November, 200 nations and governments from around the world will gather at COP26, the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference.

WGIC Secretariat September 28, 2021
The Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 - WGIC, GEO and WattTime will launch the GHG satellite report

WGIC is partnering with KTN, a non-profit organization from the UK, organizing the Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion at COP26. This virtual event will take place from 1-11 November 2021. On November 2nd (14:00-16:00 CET), WGIC will be releasing the GHG Mapping report developed in collaboration with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and WattTime/ClimateTrace.

The Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for COP26 will showcase how we can realize location intelligence’s full potential in achieving carbon emission targets. Furthermore, the use of space data and location intelligence can help us unlock significant opportunities for businesses and governments. It’s a call to work collaboratively to achieve carbon emission targets and build solutions across sectors and societal challenges. Several companies have already joined as sponsors – Esri, GHGSAT, Sparkgeo, Satellite Vu, and AAC Clyde Space. More will follow.

ArcGIS Story Map; The Road To Glasgow

The University of Edinburgh is an Official Observer to the COP. They have produced videos and activities on this tour to flavor some of the big questions surrounding COP 26. This ArcGIS Story Map features videos from University of Edinburgh staff and students ‘exploring how we are changing our world and how we could change it in the future.


Good policies rely on good data, and space technology plays an important role in transitioning to greener and more sustainable practices. This includes measuring atmospheric components such as methane emissions sources and variations. WGIC member GHG Sat presents PULSE as its contribution to COP26. It’s a unique public resource to raise awareness of methane and its impact on climate change. PULSE provides a first taste for GHGSat capability. Their analytics and high-resolution satellite imagery are set to power discussions and lead to concrete actions on climate change.

OGC FAIR Climate Service sesssion

On 9 November 2021, the OGC will be hosting the FAIR Climate Service session (14:00-16:00 hrs CET) at COP26. Producing and providing reliable information for climate services requires huge data to come together and process from different scientific ecosystems – requiring standards and collaboration to support evidence-based decision-making. The OGC membership already has decades of experience providing expertise, innovation, standards, and operational best practices in various sectors.