Vietnam, November 19, 2014: Vietnam has completed creating a database of multi-temporal spatial images that covers the country’s territorial waters, including Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagos.
The database is result of a three-year project that would monitor marine and island environmental resources using remote sensing technology. The project was approved in Hanoi on November 13.
The database features the topography of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos; the surface of coastal areas; the physical, chemical and biological features of marine ecosystems; and a multi-temporal monitoring system, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Pham Ngoc Hien informed media.
The system will help track changes in marine and island natural resources to safeguard national defence and sovereignty.
According to Nguyen Xuan Lam, head of the National Remote Sensing Department under the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, numerous maritime studies, mapping exercises and geological surveys were conducted previously; however, none were able to give a complete overview of Vietnam’s territorial waters, especially Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.