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Ordnance Survey hosts global climate change workshop

By Tim Wickham
26 October 2021

Southampton-headquartered mapping agency Ordnance Survey (OS) is urging governments to use location data in the fight against climate change.

The call to action follows a workshop convened by Ordnance Survey for senior leaders from national mapping and geospatial agencies. It demonstrates how national mapping and geospatial agencies are actively supporting efforts in tackling the climate crisis and protecting citizens. The statement calls for ongoing and strengthened commitment to developing appropriate infrastructures to enable data sharing on a global level.

David Henderson, Chief Geospatial Officer, Ordnance Survey said: “We already have great examples where accurate and trusted geospatial data is already delivering a positive impact – from monitoring and insight with earth observations platform to accurately planning sustainable energy infrastructures.

“Many governments, including the UK, are drawing on the power of trusted and authoritative geospatial information in helping to hit net zero targets. It’s vital that location data is recognised as a fundamental enabler in solving common challenges and supporting sustainability plans globally.”

Donna Lyndsay, Innovation Lead at Ordnance Survey, said: “Geospatial data is an essential tool in helping us achieve net zero targets and mitigate the impact of climate change. The trends we’ve identified are the key areas where OS believe accurate geospatial data can deliver innovative and actionable solutions to help tackle the climate crisis and ensure we continue to live sustainable lives.

She added: “What we do individually is not going to solve climate change, there must be greater emphasis on data sharing and best practices on a global scale as it’s critical we act together and act now. It is heartening to see the collaboration that has come from the Cambridge Conference with global mapping agencies providing valuable insights of how geospatial data is already supporting how we respond to climate change and contributing towards achieving net-zero.”

Ordnance Survey was ranked at number 24 in The Business Magazine's 2021 edition of the Solent 250 list of the biggest local businesses.