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Proceedings of Symposium on Remote Sensing and Photo Interpretation

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Beiträge zur Anwendung der Fern-Erkundung seitens der Provinz werden the g
überprüft und Hinweise für Verbesserungen vorgebracht. needs
Remote sensing has not yet been discovered by the majority estab
of people in governments, schools and industry. Unfortunately, next
the term "remote sensing" is not self-explanatory, and most of Canad
the many definitions available have a scientific overtone that Satel
scares away the business and production conscious audience. rece
a hi
We do indeed have communication difficulties, but interest the
is growing gradually with the understanding that remote sensing to th
is a highly practical method of obtaining and interpreting data deput
for resource, land use and environmental management. However, Commu]
the popularity of remote sensing will not spread spectacularly goveri
until the benefits are well demonstrated. And I believe that provi
it is the interpretation centres, or if you like, regional Once
centres, which have the best potential to demonstrate maximum chai
benefits and introduce applied remote sensing into our society. offi
This is because the centres are to have an accumulating file of, and
or direct access to, all space and airborne imagery of the acti
region with a multidisciplinary staff of interpretation special- The
ists in a well-equipped laboratory. The inevitable result is of I
an accelerating development of a market for the interpretation of C
industry. The introductory process is more or less underway 1972
from coast to coast, and my point in this paper is to analyse
the regional situations and to offer some hints for improvement.
The national remote sensing program is chiefly administered
by the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) of the federal
Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (EMR) at Ottawa.
The first step to the formal activities of the federal
government was made in early 1967, when the potentials of the
U.S. Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) for Canadian
users were examined. Related studies and organizational
activities required the establishment of the Program Planning
Office within EMR under the directorship of Dr. L. W. Morley in
1969. Also fourteen discipline-oriented working groups were
formed in 1970 to study the U.S. resource satellite and high-
flight programs and to advise on the kind of Canadian partici
pation and/or adaptation. Their reports resulted in the aggres
sive continuation of the national program. The working groups
have become standing subcommittees, each represented by its
chairman on the Canadian Advisory Committee on Remote Sensing
(CACRS). The purpose defined for CACRS is to advise and assist
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