The aim of the partnership is to advance science and ensure that data from Earth-observing satellites are used to their best advantage, ESA said.
The two agencies partner to “pave the way to leading a global response to climate change, through the monitoring of the Earth and its environment with their combined efforts in Earth science observations, research, and applications”, they said.
ESA’s Acting Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Toni Tolker-Nielsen, said: “Both ESA and NASA have excellent tools and the expertise to advance Earth science, so working together we will be able to achieve much more.”
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said: “Climate change is an all-hands-on deck, global challenge that requires action – now. NASA and ESA are leading the way in space, building an unprecedented strategic partnership in Earth science. This agreement will set the standard for future international collaboration, providing the information that is so essential for tackling the challenges posed by climate change and helping to answer and address the most pressing questions in Earth science for the benefit of the United States, Europe, and the world.”