27 June 2003

UN Holds Workshop on Remote Sensing Applications and Education

VIENNA, 27 June (UN Information Service) -- Remotely-sensed data that provide a view of the Earth from space for many studies that require synoptic or periodic observations, -- such as inventory, surveying, and monitoring in agriculture, hydrology, geology, mineralogy, and the environment, -- will be the main focus of a joint Workshop for application specialists and educators.  The Workshop on Remote Sensing Applications and Education, organized by the United Nations together with the European Space Agency (ESA), will be held in Damascus, Syria, from 29 June to 3 July 2003.

Remote sensing is a rapidly growing technology and is one of the important spin-offs of space applications and space science. Remote sensing is viewed as a discipline that is integrated with other disciplines, such as photogrammetry, cartography, geodetic reference systems, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems.  Education plays a pivotal role in the application of remote sensing in regard to its widespread adoption.

A fundamental requirement of UNISPACE III is to support sustainable development while safeguarding the Earth's environment. This requires optimal management of natural resources, and it depends upon the availability of reliable and up-to-date information at national, regional, and international levels. Remotely-sensed data play an increasingly important role as a source of reliable and timely information needed for sustainable management of natural resources and for environmental protection.

The Workshop is being organized by the United Nations Vienna-based Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) under the auspices of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications for the benefit of experts from all economic regions.  The Workshop will be hosted by the Government of Syria through the General Organization of Remote Sensing (GORS) and will be held at the GORS premises in Damascus.

The Workshop is part of an ongoing effort by the United Nations to make the benefits of space science and technology available to all countries.  Workshops and training courses organized by the UN Programme on Space Applications aim not only at making experts in the fields of space science and technology, especially in developing countries, aware of the latest developments in their field, but also focus on identifying the ways and means for them to integrate these technologies into the socio-economic development of their countries.

Over fifty experts from Algeria, Bangladesh, Cuba, Egypt, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, and Tunisia, as well as from the European Space Agency, the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and the United Nations, will participate and contribute to the Workshop.

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