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Space-Based Earth Observation: How Satellites Improve Our Lives Every Day, with Canadian Astronaut Jeremy Hansen


Precise weather forecasting is essential in our day-to-day lives but have you ever thought about how your weather app can give you an accurate weather forecast?

A growing number of satellites orbit around the Earth, making various Earth observation, communications, navigation, and science applications possible.

Earth-observation satellites help us monitor and protect our environment, manage our resources, and ensure the safety and security of Canadians. These satellites provide essential information on the oceans, ice, land, and the atmosphere. Satellite imagery and expertise is also used to support global humanitarian efforts and sustainable development.

Register today to learn more about the applications of space data to government operations in this unique panel discussion moderated by Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Experts from 6 different Government of Canada departments will share insights on how space data is being used across their respective sectors to further public policy objectives.


  • Dr. Heather McNairn, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Roger De Abreu, Acting Deputy Director, Canada Centre for Remote Sensing, Natural Resources Canada
  • Shannon Kaya, Senior Policy Advisor, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Brad Durnford, Ice Superintendent, Canadian Coast Guard
  • Lieutenant-Colonel Catherine Marchetti, Commanding Officer, Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre, Canadian Armed Forces


Jeremy Hansen, Astronaut, Canadian Space Agency

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