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Proceedings of Symposium on Remote Sensing and Photo Interpretation

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Government becomes convinced of direct benefits from remote
sensing.
Ontario
The Ontario Centre for Remote Sensing (OCRS) in Surveys and
Mapping Branch, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, received
final approval in September and was identified as an office in
November, 1973. The centre is implementing an expansion
schedule. The staff, presently ten (8 professionals, 2 support)
should reach twenty-three (10 professionals, 13 support) by
1977. (See Figure 3.) The centre provides an information
service to the public, co-ordinates remote sensing activities
and offers a variety of training courses in the province,
conducts applied research, handles specialized airborne sensing
activities and performs multidisciplinary interpretation
services within the provincial government. The OCRS is the
provincial link with CCRS.
Quebec
Remote sensing activities are intensive within research
bodies in the province of Quebec; however, plans for central
co-ordination have not yet advanced.
Maritime Provinces
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have
an interprovincial committee, the Maritime Regional Committee
on Remote Sensing, at management level, to co-ordinate the
interests of the three provinces and to finalize a plan for the
Maritime Centre for Remote Sensing. Each of the three provinces
has a provincial committee with a membership of senior special
ists to analyse its needs and the nature of its involvement,
and to provide representation in the national program. Although
a tentative proposal for a regional centre has been drafted by
the Maritime Regional Committee, it has not yet been finalized
for submission to the Council of Maritime Premiers.
Newfoundland
So far, remote sensing affairs have been looked after by
Memorial University of Newfoundland. Attempts are being made
to form a committee in the immediate future, which could make
plans for the establishment of a regional centre and seek
support from the provincial government. Meanwhile, the Faculty
of Engineering and Applied Science, MUN, conducts intensive
remote sensing research, offers an image library of ERTS and
ERTS Fiche, and provides a free information service.