China and the European Union to collaborate on remote sensing activities

China has signed an agreement with the European Union to enhance collaborative research in the field of remote sensing.

During the 17th bilateral summit between the European Union and the People's Republic of China that took place on Monday 29 June in Brussels, officials representing Europe’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Remote Sensing arranged a deal to closely cooperate in the area of remote sensing.

“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,” JRC announced.

Among the collaborative activities included in this arrangement are the exchange of scientific and technological information and joint training programs related to satellite optics and photonics technologies. This collaborative research deal will help facing global challenges such as sustainable development, climate action and disaster risk reduction.