China calls for cooperation to boost earth observation

China calls for cooperation to boost earth observation


China: Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Wan Gang has called for more international cooperation to boost research capabilities and the level of earth observation in developing countries.

Cooperative efforts under the framework of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) will help achieve the strategic targets set in the GEOSS’s 10-Year Implementation Plan by 2015, Wan said at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Beijing Ministerial Summit.

About 500 minister-level officials and delegates from 50 countries and 40 international organisations attended the GEO Summit.

The Chinese government hopes that GEO will make more efforts to promote the sharing of earth observation data, Wan said. “China had donated satellite dishes to 17 developing countries to share data from China’s Fengyun meteorological satellite network,” Wan added.

At the Summit, David Hayes, Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior of the US, said the US will launch a new global initiative to develop a database of 30-meter satellite imagery to show changes in land cover and land use worldwide.

Meanwhile, China successfully launched a new meteorological satellite, the second of the Fengyun-3 (FY-3) series, on November 12, 2010.

Source: People’s Daily Online