Australia: A new centre at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University will focus on technologies for space, atmosphere and climate. It will help put Australia in a leading position in the study of atmospheric mass density and applications of satellite technologies in climate and space weather.
Professor Kefei Zhang from RMIT’s Space Research Centre said that satellite-based remote sensing provided a low-cost, powerful means of precise measurement of characteristics of the earth environment on a global scale.
“Geo-environmental satellite programmes such as the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) will allow high-accuracy monitoring of climatic hazards,” Professor Zhang said.
“New platforms for in-space tracking and navigation, precise positioning, space weather, atmospheric modelling and climate monitoring will play a critical role in supporting future Australian satellite missions.”
RMIT Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said, “The RMIT research framework provides a platform for interdisciplinary groupings, bringing together teams of researchers from diverse backgrounds to address complex problems.”
Professor Zhang will lead researchers from the Bureau of Meteorology, Curtin University of Technology, the University of NSW, Electro Optic Systems Space System, GPSat Systems Australia Pty Ltd, National Space Organisation Taiwan and NOAA’s World Data Centre for Meteorology.