Australia: Perth, Western Australia-based Curtin University of Technology is initiating a new USD 8 million space technology partnership that will address the issue of climate change with the use of its Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Research Laboratory. The lead scientist in this three year project is Dr. Peter Teunissen, who heads up Curtin University’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Research Laboratory.
Along with the Curtin University of Technology, the USD 8-million project also includes RMIT University, the University of New South Wales, the Bureau of Meteorology, Electro Optic Systems Space System, GPSat Systems Australia Pty Ltd., National Space Organisation Taiwan, and NOAA’s World Data Centre (WDC) for Metrology.
According to a media release from Curtin University, the funding for the programme is by the Australian Government through the Australian Space Research Programme (ASRP).
The advanced GNSS technology will include the ability to model atmospheric and climate conditions and to track operational satellites and inoperable human-made objects (commonly called “space junk”). Teunisssen said, “The new space technology programme in which we will be involved is a vital step towards improving our understanding of climate change in Australia and will play a critical role in the way we cope with changes to our environment.”