Earthquake monitoring and early warning is a vital issue being faced by the Asia-Pacific Region due to geographical position and geological structure of this region. The Third APSCO International Symposium on Earthquake Monitoring and Early Warning by Using Space Technology was organized to address this issue with a specific emphasis on rapid earthquake detection and notification by use of space technology for earthquake monitoring. This Symposium was organized in Beijing, China from 13 to 15 September 2011 by APSCO Secretariat jointly with MIIT of China. It was supported by UN-OOSA, UN-SPIDER Beijing Office, CNSA, China Earthquake Administration, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, and sponsored by the Institute of Earthquake Science, China Earthquake Administration, DFH Satellite Co. Ltd, China Great Wall Industry Corporation, and China Research Institute of Radio Wave Propagation.
The principal objective of this Symposium was to bring together academia, research & development organizations, public and private industries to focus on the current and future development, scientific breakthroughs and challenges in the area of earthquake monitoring and early warning by using space technology.
This Symposium was chaired by Dr. Maqbool Ahmad Chaudhry, Direct-General, Department of Strategic Planning and Progam Management of APSCO Secretariat.
Honorable Secretary-General of APSCO Secretariat, Dr. Zhang Wei inaugurated the Symposium. He emphasized on the importance of Seminar theme and also introduced APSCO and its role in promoting and harnessing space technology for socio-economic growth of the Asia-Pacific Region. Education and training regarding space technology is an important area of focus for APSCO to enable nations in the Asia-Pacific Region to exploit their resources by making effective use of space technology.
Honorable Deputy Director-General of MIIT, Mr. Zhou Shaoqing, welcomed the participants and the delegates from around the globe, and emphasized on the development of earthquake monitoring and early warning by using space technology to minimize the damage.
The topics covered during two-and-half-day deliberations of the Symposium were:
• Organizational Role in Earthquake Monitoring
• Earthquake Monitoring and Early Warning Theory and Technology
• Earth Observation Technology
• Earthquake Monitoring and Early Warning by Using Space Technology
• Earthquake and Tsunami Damage Assessment and other related Topics
Papers received on these topics were arranged in 9 Oral Sessions and six Poster Presentations. Seven keynote lectures and 30 contributory talks were delivered. Eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from 15 countries, APSCO Member States and the UN-SPIDER presented their latest research work. Around a hundred scientists and engineers from abroad and various organizations of China took part in the proceedings of the Symposium.
Banquet Dinner was hosted by MIIT bringing Chinese cuisine in serene environment of Beijing Friendship Hotel. Technical visit was organized by China Earthquake Administration. Around 30 experts and engineers visited the China Earthquake Network Center. Cultural visit was organized to the Temple of Heaven which provided an opportunity to the participants to witness diversity and richness of culture and history enjoyed by the inhabitants of this region.
Concluding session was organized on 15 September 2011 in which Dr. Maqbool Ahmad Chaudhry, Chairman of the Symposium, thanked the participants for their contributions and pointed out that their recommendations would go a long way in achieving the objective of APSCO in providing space technology tools for the socio-economic uplift of the Asia-Pacific Region.
This Symposium was very successful and fruitful. The principal objective of the Symposium was fulfilled. It is very important to note that earthquakes and tsunamis are a major source of disasters in the Asia-Pacific Region and many organizations at the national, regional and global level are actively involved in devising strategies and adopting measures to monitor and provide early warning of such disasters by using space technology. This Symposium provided an appropriate opportunity for exchange of information among scientists, engineers and experts coming from different parts of the Globe and China.