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From space, issues across the world seem the same

DNA   |  Feb 26, 2013, 04:42AM IST
Ahmedabad: The Earth seems borderless from space, so do its problems. Food security, climate change, water, air pollution and many such issues are not limited to any specific part of the world or a country. The use of space technology to address such issues should, therefore, be shared without boundaries. 
 
On these lines, nearly 170 scientists and experts from 15 countries are meeting for three days in Ahmedabad to deliberate the promotion of societal benefits from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). 
 
The event has been jointly organised by Geneva-based Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (Mext), Japan. 
 
The main thrust of the meet is to explore various aspects of data sharing and application of such data for the benefit of the society.
“All the countries of the world should come together to deal with global issues like climate change, food security, water and air pollution, floods, droughts and other disasters,” said Satoru Ohtake, GEO principal and deputy director general of Mext, Japan. 
 
“Utilisation of space technology for such global problems and exchange of Earth observation data will help us to deal with the issues,” he added.
 
“With economic growth, pollution is also increasing. We need common solutions for environmental issues. There is need for joint space research and ideas, information, data should be exchanged fast to tackle the many natural calamities,” said JS Parihar, deputy director general of Space Application Centre, Isro, Ahmedabad. 
 
“Data sharing on topics like water, agriculture, forest carbon tracking, biodiversity would be very helpful across the globe,” Parihar added. According to Barbara J. Ryan, Secretariat Director of GEO, the increasing cost of research for the technology to deal with such global issues could be reduced through international collaborations and data sharing.
 
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