Cablegate: Unesco: Nasa Discussions On Remote Sensing Of
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UNCLAS PARIS 005096
FROM USMISSION UNESCO PARIS
STATE FOR IO/T JANE COWLEY, EB PAUL ACETO, OES/STAS ANDREW
STATE FOR NSC GENE WHITNEY
STATE FOR NSF
STATE FOR NASA Applied Sciences
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AORC TSPL EAID SENV SOCI UNESCO KSCI
SUBJECT: UNESCO: NASA DISCUSSIONS ON REMOTE SENSING OF
BIOSPHERE AND WORLD HERITAGE SITES
1. Summary and Introduction. NASA's Program Director for
Applied Sciences, Mr. Ron Birk, and Mr. Steve Ambrose of the
Program's Disaster Management group, met with various
specialists in UNESCO's Earth Sciences Division for
exploratory discussions about using NASA "remote sensing"
technology on focused projects. End summary and
2. The recent MOU between NASA and UNESCO focuses on
utilizing remote sensing technology to acquire baseline
environmental information about World Heritage and biosphere
3. NASA is interested in remote sensing of these sites as
a means of providing baseline measurements techniques that
could lead to scientific predictions of natural disasters
such as the recent Southeast Asia tsunami.
4. UNESCO officials seek to utilize remote sensing data
for the management of World Heritage and biosphere reserves,
as well as monitoring global water resources. It will
develop two to three projects in the next few months using
already funded NASA data projects, and it will also initiate
discussions on the education programs.