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Proceedings of Symposium on Remote Sensing and Photo Interpretation

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the government of Canada, through EMR, by assessing national
needs, promoting research and development and the diffusion of
remote sensing technology into Canada, and by assisting in the
coordination and evaluation of programs to assure a high level
of national benefits relative to the cost of remote sensing.
The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) was officially
established in April, 1971 with an approved program for the
next five years. The program included the administration of the
Canadian participation in the Earth Resources Technology
Satellite (ERTS) program, the operation of the ERTS data
receiving, processing and dissemination, and the development of
a high-altitude airborne sensing capability. In July, 1971
the Inter Agency Committee on Remote Sensing (IACRS) was added
to the organization committee structure, at the assistant
deputy minister level, as an authority over CACRS (Figure 1).
Communication initiated between the federal and provincial
governments during the same year resulted in the selection of
provincial representatives, who became members of CACRS in 1972.
Once a year CACRS holds a conference at Montebello, Quebec,
chaired by the Director of CCRS. At each conference, CCRS
officials, working group chairmen, specialty group reporters
and provincial representatives report on the preceding year’s
activities and submit recommendations for the upcoming year.
The proceedings of the conference are submitted to the chairman
of IACRS for action on recommendations beyond the jurisdiction
of CCRS. The proceedings are published by CCRS. The CACRS
1972 and 1973 Reports are available from CCRS (see References).
The establishment of regional centres was formally proposed
by Morley et al, 1970. The format was tentatively suggested
and the practical achievement was left to the people with
regional, or rather provincial, concern. Because of the
financial implications of such a proposition, only the provincial
governments could be considered for the sponsorship of regional
Since 1971 federal officials have made contacts with the
provincial governments to publicize the major capital invest
ment of the federal government in remote sensing, and the
benefits the provinces might expect to derive. In particular,
references were made to the Canadian participation in the U.S.
resource satellite (ERTS) program and the high-altitude air
borne sensing capability. It was suggested that the federal
output be funnelled through the provincial centres to ensure
maximum interpretation use. The reaction of the provincial
governments was invariably cautious and variably slow.