With increasingly intelligent sensors, new methods, new techniques and associated standards, the world of environmental measurement is changing rapidly. Tools are becoming ever smaller, easier to use in situ and more efficient thanks to the integration of new technologies. All sectors of the environment are affected – water, air, waste, soil, risks, energy – as is climate change where metrology is proving essential in many areas (including agriculture, tourism and insurance).
In parallel, satellite applications and drones are also booming. The new 2018-2022 satellite applications plan aims to improve the use of satellite data at all levels. Manufacturers are developing different types of drones for environmental, agricultural and energy applications, including some for use in specific environments (e.g. aquatic drones).
More generally, ISO/IEC 17025 General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories, was revised at the end of 2017. This standard is used by more than 40,000 accredited laboratories around the world.