Vietnam Space Center organizes workshop "Reporting results of phase I of the project of Space Climate Observatory"

On June 16-17, 2022, the Vietnam Space Center held a workshop on "Reporting the results of phase I of the project of the Space Climate Observatory (SCO)".

Workshop "Reporting results of phase I of VietSCO Project"

In February 2019, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology attended the first international meeting of the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) project proposed by the French Republic at the One Planet Summit 2017 with the theme of the session being "monitoring, assessing and forecasting the effects of climate change on the basis of space technology application". Realizing the importance of the SCO project, President of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Professor and Academician Chau Van Minh signed the "Joint Statement expressing concern about the project of the Space Climate Observatory" on June 26, 2019. Since then, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology has become an official member of the Project and assigned the Vietnam Space Center to coordinate with the Institute of Space Technology to implement this project. With the support of experts from the French National Center for Space Research (CNES) and the Center for the Study of the Biosphere from Space (CESBIO), up to now, phase 1 of the VietSCO project has been completed and gained initial results.

Technical session of VietSCO Workshop

The phase I of VietSCO was implemented from July 2020 to April 2022 with two main components: Monitoring rice production areas affected by climate change in the Mekong Delta and monitoring impact of storm over agricultural areas in Vietnam to support better agricultural planning.

The workshop on the results of Phase I was divided into 3 parts: the plenary session with project overview reports, results achieved and discussions from key users; The application session focused on presenting the application of the project's results in rice monitoring and disaster risk management in the Mekong Delta; The learning session was organized to transfer the research results of the project to the main users. At the workshop, representatives of the Center for Informatics and Statistics, the General Department of Disaster Prevention and Control under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the National Department of Remote Sensing, the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change under the Ministry of Resources and Environment as well as scientists, representatives from the business sector acknowledged the efforts of the project implementation team on the work that has been done during the difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, and commented that the objectives and results of phase I of the project are very practical and have the potential to be a useful tool to help managers in the process of making decisions and plans on rice and flood monitoring. Besides, the workshop also had specific discussions on the next steps for phase II of the project.

At the end of the workshop, the parties committed to continue to coordinate to complete the work of phase I and promote cooperation in phase II of the project.

Translated by Phuong Huyen
Link to Vietnamese version

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