Japan disaster images from DubaiSat

DUBAI — The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), the UAE’s premier scientific and technology organisation, has provided recent images of Japan from its UAE-owned and operated DubaiSat-1 

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Published: Wed 30 Mar 2011, 10:56 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:25 AM

The images of the tsunami and earthquake-struck cities were provided to the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as part of a global effort to help assess and plan relief efforts.

Ahmed Obaid Al Mansoori, Director-General of EIAST, said: “This is part of the UAE’s commitment to support the ongoing international rescue efforts in Japan by offering current and up-to-date imagery of the damage caused by the natural disaster.

By providing the images, the EIAST also hopes to contribute to the current focus of Japan and other countries on developing structures that can withstand or mitigate the impact of earthquakes and tsunamis”.

The cooperation between the EIAST and Japanese as well as UN agencies is also a major aspect of the UAE participation in the rescue operations under way in Japan.

Al Mansoori added that these images, when combined with the many hundreds of images from other satellites will not only help in assessing the scale of damage but also help plan the recovery effort more effectively.

DubaiSat-1, launched by the EIAST in July 2009, has since been providing satellite images to assist planning and development in several areas including observation and fog forecast; predicting sand storms; identifying water quality in the Gulf region — especially the effect of waste distillation on the environment and marine life in the UAE.

The organisation is currently preparing for the launch of the UAE’s second remote sensing satellite, DubaiSat-2, underscoring the country’s commitment to strengthen its advanced space technologies to fulfil the needs of scientific and technological research, as well as to provide up-to-date spatial and earth monitoring data.


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