The head of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, Dr. Mohamed Zahran, announced that the establishment of the Egyptian Company for Remote Sensing and Space Science Technologies Services has been completed, and all approvals have been obtained, and is currently awaiting the approval of the Council of Ministers to begin its work.
Zahran stressed – in statements to the Middle East News Agency on the sidelines of the visit of the delegation of the Association of Environment and Sustainable Development headed by Khaled Mubarak – that the establishment of this company comes in accordance with the Science, Technology and Innovation Incentives Law No. 23 of 2018, encouraging what is known as the knowledge economy and developing, encouraging and marketing innovations, including It benefits society.
Zahran explained that this company aims to provide remote sensing services and maximize the use of the authority’s capabilities in serving scientific research and society in the areas of using remote sensing applications and geographic information systems.
Zahran said that the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences is supporting research and development activities, to ensure that Egypt keeps pace with global development in the fields of remote sensing and space science, through the development of research of a national nature related to sustainable development plans.
He added that the authority is working on preparing scientific and technical cadres in the disciplines needed by the projects and plans of the research authority, providing the necessary material capabilities, moving to dynamic applications, monitoring systems and early warning, and benefiting from technological progress to maximize the economic return of the outputs of scientific research, so that it has a major role in projects. development that is implemented in the Egyptian society.
As for the relationship between the authority and the Egyptian Space Agency, Dr. Mohamed Zahran stressed that it is a complementary relationship and there is no repetition or conflict with the efforts of the space agency, especially since the authority was part of the Egyptian space program before the establishment of the agency.
He explained that the Egyptian Space Agency’s role depends on the manufacture and localization of satellite technology in Egypt as an independent economic entity, while the authority, as a research body, uses satellite images and geographic information systems to implement development projects.
Zahran pointed out that a cooperation protocol was signed with the agency, resulting in 4 projects, including a satellite project (Egypt Sat 2, CubeSat and Nexsat) and the development of a satellite data receiving station in Aswan.
On the role of the authority in implementing national projects in the country, Zahran stressed that the authority possesses qualified human cadres at the highest level, and is rich in modern technological devices that contribute to solving problems that hinder development plans through preparing databases and integrated information provided to decision makers, to benefit from them and take decisions on the basis of sound science.
Zahran said that the authority harnesses all its human and technological capabilities to contribute to restoring the right of the Egyptian people, preserving state property, and saving the Egyptian lakes, based on the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic.
He added that satellite images, remote sensing techniques and geographic information systems are used to create an integrated information system to identify squatters on state lands to support the governorates in taking the necessary measures and stopping any attack on them.
Zahran pointed out that through the application of remote sensing technology, an integrated system has been developed to manage a number of Egyptian lakes (Idku, Mariout, and Burullus) and build an integrated information system to develop and develop the fisheries system in Egypt, to raise production efficiency to become a source of livelihood for millions of Egyptians, whether Directly or indirectly, in addition to producing maps of coastal and marine activities, fish farming and water bodies, and monitoring and tracking pollutants of all kinds, environmental, marine and aquatic.
Zahran presented the most important national projects implemented by the authority using remote sensing techniques and geographic information systems, including conducting geological studies for the site of the new administrative capital, soil studies and land assessment in the cities of El Alamein and New Damietta, and discovering groundwater resources for sustainable development.
In the agricultural field, he stressed that the authority contributes to building information databases and maps to classify soil and land cover, determine land uses, optimal cropping structures, and produce maps for sustainable agricultural development.
With regard to the authority’s role in protecting and exposing archaeological sites, he explained that studies have been conducted on the impact of the high groundwater level in a number of important archaeological areas, and some solutions have been found to eliminate the groundwater problem that it suffers from, in cooperation with the concerned authorities in the country. Various archaeological and tourist sites are monitored and documented.
He pointed out that based on the directives of the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research to use scientific research bodies to serve the governorates and meet the needs of citizens, investment maps are being produced for the governorates in all fields and the application of sensor technologies for the integrated management of spatial data.
Regarding the new laboratories in the authority, Dr. Muhammad Zahran, head of the authority, explained that 11 new specialized central laboratories were opened in the authority, serving the work areas of the authority, and specialists in universities and research centers.
He pointed out that the new labs are the numerical modeling and simulation lab, the remote sensing technology incubator, the environmental and climate data reception and analysis station, the big data analysis lab, the digital spatio-informatics infrastructure and decision support lab.
He added that the lab of smart farming systems based on the Internet, the spectral fingerprint lab for rocks and minerals, the lab for manufacturing prototypes, the lidar lab, the virtual reality academy of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, and the plasma lab were also opened.
On the authority’s role in spreading and simplifying science in society, Dr. Muhammad Zahran said that the Virtual Reality Academy was recently opened, with the aim of simplifying the sciences of remote sensing and space technology, due to its importance and the students’ eagerness to study it, through the design of an electronic educational system, which includes a variety of comic stories. and electronic games.
He pointed out the importance of the academy because it is unique in using virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, by applying remote sensing and space technology, as well as its role in educating school and university students about space science and remote sensing.
For her part, Dr. Hala Effat, head of the Urban Planning Department and former head of the Environmental Studies and Land Uses Division at the authority, revealed the role of remote sensing techniques in implementing sustainable development studies for the urban and residential environment and its surroundings at the national, regional and detailed levels.
She pointed out that these studies include the comprehensive environment with its axes from the natural environment and the social/economic environment, and the study of the effects resulting from the overlap of these axes on each other, such as climate changes and natural disasters, and monitoring of time changes through analysis of satellite images, informational maps and statistical data.
She emphasized that one of the most important outputs is the production of land suitability maps for various uses, the identification of the best areas for industrial settlement, renewable energy, solar and wind energy plants, and the identification of the best paths for axes and networks through GIS models.
She added that maps of environmental sensitivity and fragility, maps of needs and lack of services in cities and villages, and population studies are also produced to support decision-makers in setting priorities for projects and directing investments, and mapping urban areas by monitoring urban expansion on agricultural lands with areas over a period of time and space.
Khaled Mubarak, head of the Environmental Book Association, gifted the association’s shield to Dr. Muhammad Zahran, head of the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences, who in turn presented the authority’s shield to the association, praising its fruitful efforts in raising community awareness and supporting the efforts of state institutions to achieve sustainable and comprehensive development within Egypt’s Vision 2030.
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