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ITU seminar on science services opens in Manta, Ecuador

Space technologies and applications for protection of life on earth

Geneva, 20 September 2012 – ITU is conducting a two-day seminar on science services and their regulatory, technical and practical implications. The seminar, which opened today in Manta, Ecuador, brings together managerial and technical staff of State radiocommunication authorities involved in spectrum management matters in the Americas region. It also has implications for space, aviation, maritime and meteorological organizations as well as national emergency, security and law enforcement agencies.

As a follow-up of the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the ITU Seminar on science services is responding to calls for initiatives that address climate monitoring and Earth observation, sharing of climate and weather information and forecasting and early warning systems.

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2012, which concluded this February in Geneva, recognized that “the collection and exchange of Earth observation data are essential for maintaining and improving the accuracy of weather forecasts that contribute to the protection of life and preservation of property throughout the world”.

Outer space remains one of the most promising and exciting areas of human discovery. At the same time, space science and technologies provide critical down to earth information and knowledge that are critical for preserving and improving the health of our planet.

The development of science services has historically remained the preserve of a narrow circle of specialists. This stems primarily from the fact that the main users have been various security agencies or scientific institutions dealing with the fundamentals of space and planet Earth. At the same time, more and more applications, such as remote sensing imagery products and Global Navigation Satellite Systems, are emerging in response to commercial demands.

The ITU seminar in Manta, Ecuador, will discuss the most recent studies conducted in the development of science services by ITU’s Radiocommunication Sector, ITU-R Study Group 7, and will focus on:

  • International spectrum management frameworks for science services
  • Development of radio services related to Earth observation systems, including basic definitions, technical principles underlying the operation of systems and their main applications
  • Space research service, including the technical and spectrum requirements to support the many different space research programmes, missions and activities
  • Radio astronomy relevant to radio spectrum use
  • Frequency and time standards, sources and their characteristics, time scales and dissemination systems with particular attention to the development of a continuous time standard and possible suppression of the “leap second” that will be referred to at the next World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015. See video.

For more information, please contact

Sanjay Acharya

Chief, Media Relations and Public Information

tel +41 22 730 5046
tel +41 79 249 4861
tel sanjay.acharya@itu.int  

Grace Petrin

Communications Officer

ITU Radiocommunication Bureau

tel +41 22 730 5810
tel +41 79 599 1428
tel  brpromo@itu.int


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