China, October 17, 2014: Speaking at the recently held Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing, Guo Huadong, dean of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggested six satellites network to monitor global change as well as observation technology based on the moon.
Huadong’s proposed six satellites would study the impact of human activities, the carbon source of land forests, light pollution, the volume and movement of glaciers, and changes in the ocean environment and global climate.
“The proposal mainly takes into account important problems in global change research, such as the carbon cycle, water cycle, and energy cycle,” said Guo. However, he did not explicitly mention if China should torchbear the initiative or if it should be an effort led by Global Earth Observation (GEO) effort that is headquartered in Geneva.
According to Guo, more than 200 Earth observation satellites have been launched worldwide, including 25 global change scientific satellites, 13 of which are in orbit. It is estimated that there will be nearly 30 global change scientific satellites in 2030.