During the past few decades, satellite remote sensing technology has firmly established its unique capability to provide a synoptic view of the world. This was stated by the chairman of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Maj. Gen. (Retd) Raza Hussain. He was delivering inaugural address at a training course on applications of satellite remote sensing technology and GIS in Karachi recently. Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology (ISNET) and SUPARCO jointly organizes the course which is attended by a number of scientists, engineers and decision-makers from the OIC countries. The SUPARCO chief in his inaugural address pointed out that the GIS has proved to be an indispensable tool for integrating ground information with remote sensing data in a competent way for viewing, analyzing, retrieving and extracting information at a more detailed level.
Gen. Raza was of the view that the rapid advancements in this technology in terms of spatial and temporal resolution, efficient hardware and software facilities, high speed communication services have rendered a vast potential for applications in earth resources and environmental monitoring. He said that in view of its immense potential to provide timely and detailed information about the phenomena taking place on the surface of earth, this technology is gaining popularity among the organizations concerned with surveying, monitoring and studying earth resources and environment. SUPARCO chief stated that the it was encouraging to note that a large number of OIC countries have been engaged in space technology and applications sharing their knowledge and experience for quite sometime now.
Gen. Raza pointed out that SUPARCO is already performing its job well in fulfilling the goals and objectives of a peaceful and comprehensive space programme both at national and international levels. He hoped that SUPARCO would be contributing even more to the development efforts by sharing knowledge and experience with the Muslim countries of the world.