Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

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Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

Founded in 1961, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe. Its task is to invent the space systems of the future, bring space technologies to maturity and guarantee France’s independent access to space. CNES is a pivotal player in Europe’s space programme, and a major source of initiatives and proposals that aim to maintain France and Europe’s competitive edge. It conceives and executes space programmes with its partners in the scientific community and industry, and is closely involved in many international cooperation programmes—the key to any far-reaching space policy. The agency’s more-than 2,400-strong workforce constitutes an exceptional pool of talent, with some 1,800 engineers and executives, 35% of whom are women. Two CNES offices will participate in TOLOMEO, the Image Analysis and Products office and the CESBIO research laboratory. The Image Analysis and Products office is responsible for the development of image processing and analysis algorithms and processing chains which allow final users to efficiently exploit satellite remote sensing images. As such, it has strong links with end users in many different application fields and also with other research laboratories who are partners for the research activities. One of the main application fields of the office is risk and disaster management. Engineers from the office act as project managers for the “International Charter Space and Major Disasters” and design and develop image processing techniques for rapid mapping and change detection. The office is also responsible for several work packages in the FP7 SAFER project as it was in the past for the FP6 PREVIEW project. The objectives of CESBIO are to contribute to the progress in the understanding of the functioning of continental surfaces and their interactions with the climate and man, with an emphasis on the utilization of remotely sensed data. It is imperative to not only develop physical models, but also to be capable to provide scenarios of the evolution of these surfaces and their properties under climatic and anthropic pressures. The laboratory also contributes to the development and the promotion of space related tools while participating in the definition, the application and the scientific utilization of space missions.