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UN holds meeting on RS projects for Hindu Kush region

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), within the framework of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, is holding a five-day Expert Meeting on Remote Sensing Projects for the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region, in Kathmandu, Nepal, from 6 to 10 March. The Expert Meeting is being co-sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), which is also hosting the event.

The primary objective of the Expert Meeting is to implement a new module for ESA’s Eduspace programme, entitled “Himalayas from Space”. This module will contain appropriate case studies, further evaluated and interactively improved at the Expert Meeting. Participants will further work on their respective project proposals, in cooperation with the instructors, and will continue to improve the design of their respective case studies. Eduspace is an educational website of ESA, mainly for secondary schools and lower university levels, developed to promote Earth observation from Earth-orbiting satellites and the application of the data in various fields and disciplines. The website includes teaching and learning material, exercises and case studies. It also contains a selection of satellite images and software that has been developed for educational image manipulation and analysis. The themes covered are thematic and geographic.

The Expert Meeting will also review some satellite-based remote sensing projects relevant to the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

Twenty-four participants from Austria, Bhutan, Denmark, India, Nepal, Switzerland, ICIMOD and OOSA will attend the Expert Meeting to upgrade their case studies through training in satellite-based radar technology and to jointly discuss those case studies after a follow-up presentation of 11 case studies selected by ESA for being posted on the Eduspace website.