JRC collaboration with NASA results in earth science data transfer to Africa
A unique partnership between NASA and organisations in Africa and Europe, including the JRC's Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES), has sent more than 30 terabytes of free Earth science satellite data to South African researchers to support sustainable development and environmental applications in Africa.
The partnership began in spring 2008, when JRC-IES participated in an intensive field campaign to study the environment around Kruger National Park, organised by South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The researchers studied the area using direct, airborne and space-based measurements.
This led to an agreement between JRC-IES and CISR in July 2008 to facilitate the interaction and exchange of staff, knowledge, data and software. NASA became involved in the collaboration in 2009, which culminated in a shipment of most of the data this summer. The data are from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), managed by NASA.
This transfer of data to a distribution centre in Africa will make it widely accessible to African users who have not been able to remotely download the large data files because of limitations in the continent's internet infrastructure.
NASA press release: NASA Partnership Sends Earth Science Data To Africa