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SSB Delegates Visit RADI
 Date: 2013-06-25  Page Views:

On June 19,2013,a delegation from the National Academies Space Studies Board (SSB) visited the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI).

Liu Jianbo, Deputy Director of RADI, welcomed the delegation and briefly introduced the institute's scientific research, operation, and international cooperation. US delegates also provided an overview of the history, current situation, and major tasks of SSB. After that, representatives of both sides discussed areas of common interest and gave reports on related fields. In their presentations, Prof. Charles F. Kennel introduced solutions to global climate change and new ideas for global cooperation by utilizing Earth observation technology. Researcher Li Guoqing briefed the group on the development of China's Earth observation data, and possible forms of cooperation. Prof. David Spergel gave a new explanation of the concept and development of remote sensing under the topic "Very Remote Sensing". Researcher Shao Yun shared the applications of Earth observation technology in environmental protection and disaster prevention and mitigation. Yan Nana provided a comprehensive introduction to digital agriculture and its achievements in recent years.

Both sides agreed that, currently, important development has been achieved in Earth observation technology and it is playing an increasingly vital role in varied fields like disaster research, agriculture, and combating climate change, and much progress has been made in the production of Earth observation data. Both sides believed that they should further reinforce communications and mutual understanding, actively explore potential fields for cooperation, and carry out practical cooperation in related areas.

The visit of the SSB delegation was aimed to push forward cooperation between China and the US in space technology. Members of the delegation included Prof. Charles F. Kennel, Director Emeritus of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, Dr. Michael H. Moloney, Director of the Space Studies Board and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, National Research Council, Prof. David N. Spergel, Department Chair of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, Dr. Gregory Kulacki, China Project Manager of Global Security Program, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Dr. David H. Smith from the Space Studies Board, National Research Council.      

SSB, founded in 1958, is one of the dozens of specialized standing committees of the United States National Academy of Sciences, mainly for providing independent and authoritative advice for varied departments of the US government on space science and its applications, as well as coordinating international cooperation, promoting space policies, and serving the federal government and the public. SSB is also a supporting institution of the American National Committee on Space Research (COSPAR).

Representatives discuss areas of common interest.


 Participants present on their research areas and organizations.


Attendees gather for a group photo.  

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