The Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) training course on remote sensing application and data sharing service platform was successfully held during 25-28 April, 2017 in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The training was jointly organized by the Secretariat of APSCO and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).
This training course aims at stimulating interest of users or potential users from all Member States to realize the importance of remote sensing technology and guide them to use remote sensing technology for social and economic development by using the new Data Sharing Service Platform (DSSP)- phase II. With the help of China National Space Administration (CNSA), the course was designed by lecturers from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)£¬China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA), China Earthquake Administration (CEA), ChinaRS ltd and lecturers are from above mentioned departments.
Mr. Zafar Iqbal, the Director General of SUPARCO welcomed the lecturer team and chaired the opening ceremony at the first day of the training. Over 45 participants from SUPARCO, Geological Survey, National Disaster Management, Agriculture Department, Meteorological Department, Capital Development Authority, Climate Change Department and Universities attended the training course. Participants enjoyed and commend the training as it covered large fields of different applications and cases of remote sensing. The communications and interactions between trainees and lecturers were not limited by the sessions as Q/A and discussions were continuing during breaks.
All participants expressed their appreciation and great interest in new DSSP. Certificates of Attendance were issued to all participants while they were still pursuing more knowledge. ¡°I hope APSCO could provide more training course and opportunities for us to get more remote sensing applications, we could truly benefit from this course and hope the training course for the rest of Member States goes well.¡± said Saddam Sarwar, trainee from SUPARCO.
The lecturer team will continue on the training and cover all Member States before September.