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RADI Delegates Join in the CAS visit to Finland, Sweden, and Netherlands to Boost Space Technology Cooperation
 Date: 2017-06-08  Page Views:

A CAS delegation, led by Prof. WANG Enge, Vice President of CAS, paid a visit to Finland, Sweden, and Netherlands from May 7 to 16, 2017. Prof. Zhao Zhongming and some other RADI scientists joined in the visit and an MoU was signed between RADI and Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) to further promote the Sino-Europe cooperation in space.

The delegation firstly visited the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), and the FMI Artic Research Center. During the visit, scientists from the two parties held an in-depth discussion concerning the recent research progress of each party, the ongoing program such as Pan-Eurasian Experimental Program (PEEX for short), Digital Belt and Road initiative (DBAR for short) and cooperation in ice and snow monitoring and climate change using space technology. Both parties deemed it mutual-beneficial to further their collaboration in the cold regions including high mountains and Arctic regions, and Belt and Road region. It was also expected that an Artic Joint Center could be established so as to further enhance the cooperation.  

The visit resulted in the signing of an MoU between RADI and FMI. Based on previous cooperation of both sides in space technology and EO data, the MoU defines the areas for fundamental, academic research in the near future between two parties, with an aim to advance the climate change research over the cold regions including high mountain cold areas and the Artic regions, and foster the information service for cold region of GEOCRI globally.

The delegation then visited the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) and paid a field trip to the Esrange Space Center, where China built its first oversea land satellite ground station: China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Artic Polar Station, which is capable of all-weather, all-day, a variety of resolution satellite data reception. SSC is one of the leading global providers of advanced space services with more than fifty years of experience. It offers full-service of state-of-the-art space engineering, satellite and launch services to commercial and institutional customers worldwide, and also provides operating and equipment maintenance service for the stations located in the Esrange Space Center. The delegation learnt the recent progress of the cooperation between SSC and China organizations, especially with RADI concerning China’s Artic Polar Station since it was established in late 2016. A common consensus was reached that the two parties shall extend their cooperation not only in ground station construction and operation, but also in personnel visit, joint talent programs, and other fields to get more fruitful results. 

During the visit to the Netherlands, the delegation had a meeting with scientists from Netherlands Space Office (NSO) and other Dutch agencies.  After a briefing from each party on its mission and recent research progresses, the meeting proposed to establish the NL-China Joint Center for Earth Observations and Applications (JCEOA) in order to strengthen the mutural cooperation. It was suggested that both sides can utilize the current mechanisms for cooperation, and promote the collaboration in joint research, seminars, capacity building as well as personnel exchanges.

  RADI signs an MOU with FMI to advance climate change research over cold regions.


 A field trip to China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Artic Polar Station.


CAS delegation visits Netherlands Space Office (NSO).

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