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China selects ERDAS software for disaster monitoring

Norcross, US: ERDAS announced that National Disaster Reduction Committee and Ministry of Environmental Protection, both in the People’s Republic of China, are now using ERDAS IMAGINE and ERDAS APOLLO to monitor environmental changes and improve disaster planning and response.  

This project will use remotely sensed data acquired from the HJ-1 satellite constellation, named for the Chinese word for environment, ‘huán jìng.’ HJ-1 consists of the optical satellites HJ-1A and HJ-1B, both launched in September 2008, and the SAR satellite HJ-1C, expected to launch later in 2011.  

HJ-1A carries a hyperspectral camera, HJ-1B carries an infrared sensor, and both include wide-view CCD cameras. Data collected with the HJ-1 satellite constellation will be used to monitor and forecast environmental changes and natural disasters. ERDAS IMAGINE is processing data collected by the constellation, and ERDAS APOLLO is managing and serving this data. Together, they form a complete Geospatial Business System for authoring, managing, connecting and delivering geospatial data products across the organisation.

“By enabling these agencies to accurately process satellite data and quickly and securely disseminate the geoinformation products, ERDAS IMAGINE and ERDAS APOLLO will enhance China’s ability to respond to disasters, or pre-plan to mitigate their impact on the population,” said Kaushik Chakraborty, Asia Pacific Vice President, ERDAS.

The project has already assisted in the response to the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 2,200 people in Yushu, Qinghai in April 2010.  It also provides valuable information as the nation contends with a severe drought in the Guangxi and Yunnan provinces that has killed crops and left many people and animals without drinking water.

Source: ERDAS