Continuity of Earth Observation data for Australia: Research and development dependencies to 2020 |
20 August 2012
Australia is one of the largest users worldwide, by volume and variety, of Earth Observations from Space (EOS). These observations underpin weather forecasting, a large variety of operational services for land, oceans and atmosphere, as well as the research and development (R&D) activities that generate new applications and benefits for the nation.
These activities are critically reliant on data from more than 40 satellites, all of which are both owned and operated by foreign agencies.
The primary sources of EOS data for Australian researchers are U.S. satellites from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are rapidly emerging as key future suppliers, with future data sources also likely to include Germany, India, China, Korea, Italy, and France.
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