BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese scientists and their foreign counterparts have launched a new project to foster cooperation in strengthening global agricultural drought monitoring, according to the China Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS).
The project has been jointly initiated by organizations including the CAAS, National Satellite Meteorological Center, Beijing Normal University as well as research institutes from France, Spain, the United States and Israel.
China's meteorological satellite Fengyun-3D has global observation capability and good application prospects in global drought monitoring. Through cooperating with the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and its members, the project will focus on establishing a global agricultural drought monitoring system with the Fengyun-3D, providing timely agricultural drought information services for worldwide users.
The project will also help innovate monitoring models and technical methods, and improve the international application of Fengyun-3D satellite data. It is expected to strengthen the cooperation and exchange between China and the member countries of the GEO, according to the CAAS. Enditem