Space-related technologies are not being adequately utilized in the public sector, particularly Remote Sensing (RS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS).
Satellite Remote Sensing allows the user to acquire information of the earth, such as topography, vegetation cover, meteorological information, soil moisture and surface temperature, while GIS allows for the management, analysis and presentation of all kinds of geographical data. GNSS refers to a satellite navigation system with global coverage.
These technologies can be applied in a wide variety of fields – from agriculture, transport and navigation to environmental protection, resource mapping, meteorology, disaster management and surveying. As such, space technologies have enormous potential, yet remain under-utilized, largely due to a lack of awareness on their application in a local context.
The CEO’s forum aims to create awareness about space technologies whilst allowing for the possibility of collaboration between public sector agencies who are either already using these applications, or are planning to do so in the future.
Minister of Technology and Research Patali Champika Ranawaka will address the forum. The Chief of the Space Applications Section from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Bangkok Dr. Wang Keran will be presenting alongside Dr. Michio Ito, Disaster Rick Reduction Expert in the Space Application Sector of UNESCAP. Also Deputy Director of the National Remote Sensing Center in India Dr. P. G. Diwakar and several local experts will also serve as resource personnel.
The forum is organized by the Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT), an institution which has the mandate to introducing modern technologies to the country and is also designated as the national focal point for space technology.