The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has launched an inauguration ceremony for its space and earth information research institute and the completion of the first phase of its satellite remote sensing ground station. The building of the satellite remote sensing ground station, an important installation for the university’s research institute, won the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.
After the operation of the satellite remote sensing ground station, Hong Kong could strengthen its monitoring of weather, environment and natural disasters in Hong Kong, southern China and the surrounding areas. The station could also help reduce the life and property losses may be brought about by natural disasters as landslide, earthquake, tsunami and typhoon. The establishment of the satellite remote sensing ground station indicated that Hong Kong has entered a new phase of Hong Kong’s development in the field of remote sensing. Early in 1997, the CUHK and the Chinese Academy of Sciences jointly established a lab of earth information science. With the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong base of National Remote Sensing Center was established in 2000.