Full text: Special UNISPACE III volume

International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Vol. XXXII Part 7C2, UNISPACE III, Vienna, 1999 
I5PR5 “Environment and Remote Sensing for Sustainable Development” 
9:00 am -12:00 pm, 23 July 1999, VIC Room A 
Vienna, Austria 
Takashi Moriyama 
Strategic Planning Manager 
Earth Observation Planning Department 
Office of Earth Observation Systems 
National Space Development Agency of Japan(NASDA) 
Space assets such as Earth observation data have been recognized its value and usefulness for environmental preservation, climate 
variability study, and also for practical applications such as agricultural management, city planning, land care management, resource 
exploration and disaster monitoring and mitigation. To support these applications, NASDA have been operated and provided data 
from MOS-1, MOS-lb, JERS-1 and ADEOS. The data continuity and advancement would be accomplished by ADEOS-II (launch 
Nov. 1999), ALOS (launch Feb.2002) and followed on programs. On the other hands, NASDA have been performed user support and 
involvement program such as pilot projects, user training, education, joint research and dialogue. Among these, pilot projects are the 
most efficient way to demonstrate adoption of EO data and bridge to operational use for their purpose. Thailand and Indonesia are the 
countries fulfilling pilot projects focus on the utilization of EO data in agricultural management, city planning, satellite map. coastal 
environment preservation, by concluding agreement with government agency and or user organization. Those data required for pilot 
projects are provided free of charge by NASDA, and the outcome will be opened by publish. Succeeding achievements of pilot 
projects, NASDA will subdivide them to explore new demands for data utilization and expand activities to another regions/countries 
in developing countries. In order to advance practical use, NASDA will continue to improve user support program including 
educational CD-ROM development, Hands on Training (HOT), and holding regional seminar with senior level dialogue. 
It is also important to identify the key issues to restrict data utilization especially in developing countries, such as data price, data 
provision, data continuity, data standards (format, metadata, catalog, quality) and data access. The Committee on Earth Observation 
Satellites (CEOS) is a appropriate international coordination organization to solve these problems involving space agencies and user 
organizations. Independent organizational effort should be a front runner involving users in developing countries, and in parallel, 
harmonization with like a CEOS activities should be considered in order to achieve our goal accommodate with future prospects. 
NASDA’s Strategy for Earth Observation Data Promotion in 
Developing Countries 
ISPRS-NASA Seminar on 
“Remote Sensing for Sustainable Development” 
July 23, 1999 Vienna, Austria 
Strategic Planning Manager 
Office of Earth Observation Systems 
National Space Development Agency of Japan(NASDA)

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