Jul 04, 2015

New arrangement with Chinese Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth

On 29 June, at the EU-China Summit, Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the JRC and Professor Guo Huadong, Director-General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (CAS-RADI) signed a new collaborative research arrangement between the two institutions that will contribute to addressing global challenges, such as sustainable development, climate action and disaster risk reduction.

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Under this new agreement, the co-operation will be reinforced and extended to promising areas, such as: air quality, human settlement detection and characterisation, land and soil mapping, land cover mapping, digital earth sciences and agricultural monitoring. Collaborative activities under the new arrangement will include: exchange of scientific and technological information, joint training programmes, participation in the implementation of on-going programmes, projects and related activities of mutual interest to the parties.

The relations between the JRC and CAS-RADI build upon more than a decade of successful co-operation. Tangible outcomes of this co-operation include: the development of a shared vision of Digital Earth for the next decade and disaster impact methodologies in the area of disaster management. The Digital Earth is a participative framework to share information about the state of our planet, and about the complex interactions between society and the physical environment.

Co-operation between the JRC and CAS-RADI started in 2008, with the focus on analysis of human settlements, the use of Global Human Settlement Layer in disaster risk reduction applications, global urban observation and information tasks, crisis and media monitoring, land and soil cover mapping, as well as crop monitoring.

As China is a key priority country for the JRC, active and wide-ranging scientific co-operations have been established with government bodies and universities through bilateral agreements as well as in a multilateral context. For more information, please check out the JRC leaflet on the collaboration with China.

This year’s EU-China Summit is the 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and China. The summit marks the 40th anniversary of EU-China diplomatic relations and will set priorities for the EU-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership in the years to come. The summit will be an opportunity to discuss a number of political and economic issues. An EU-China Business Summit, Urbanisation Forum and Innovation Dialogue will take place in the margins of the summit.