PRESS RELEASE

THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY

NO: 024/SP/HM/BKPUK/III/2022

 

Remote sensing systems have been collecting vast amount of data from satellites in-situ for decades. This data is very useful to know various things related to the condition of the earth’s surface. By establishing close cooperation with EU Copernicus, Indonesia through the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) can access this data and use it for various purposes.

Jakarta, 15 March 2022. Utilization of data and information from remote sensing systems is expected to contribute significantly to research and innovation in space programs in Indonesia. This data and information will ultimately provide benefits for various economic sectors and society for a better future.

With regard to this remote sensing system, BRIN is improving cooperation with EU Copernicus, a European Union-owned observation agency that observes the Earth and its environment. This collaboration is realized by holding a virtual Workshop on Copernicus, Wednesday (16/03).

Copernicus provides information taken from Earth observation satellites and in-situ data. Such information and data can be accessed by any people and organizations around the world freely, fully and openly. This workshop will provide information about the application of satellite images in Indonesia. The information relates to the current condition and potential use of remote sensing data. In addition, it is related to the planned cooperation for access of remote sensing images.

Head of BRIN, Laksana Tri Handoko, said remote sensing is useful in providing detailed and accurate data and information on the earth’s surface and its changes. “The European Union’s Copernicus Program is one of the leading providers of Remote Sensing data globally. This workshop will be very useful and as a means of sharing in-depth information about the existing conditions and the potential use of remote sensing data in Indonesia,” said Handoko.

Handoko believes that this workshop will provide knowledge related to remote sensing and how to use it to address national, regional and global issues. Several issues of concern include climate change, security, environment and forestry, marine and fisheries, and disasters.

“This workshop will also produce potential collaborative projects in the future, and improve space cooperation between the EU and Indonesia under the Facility Scheme Partnership and Cooperation Agreement, which was initiated by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency which is now BRIN,” he added.

Head of the Aeronautics and Space Research Organization (PA RO), Robertus Heru Triharjanto, explained further that these sectors were discussed in the workshop because they have long and intensively utilized remote sensing data and information. “Remote sensing data is one of the main data needed by these sectors in their monitoring and planning,” said Robertus.

Robertus explained that this workshop is very useful for PA RO researchers, because this activity is the forum for sharing information on current conditions and potential research needs in the use of remote sensing data and information in various sectors at Ministries/Institutions/Local Governments. “Hence, PA RO researchers can focus more on achieving their research goals on actual problems that are national issues,” he added.

In addition, Heru added, through this workshop, BRIN researchers are expected to enhance their competence and capacity in research and innovation at BRIN, particularly in the use of remote sensing data and information.

“Researchers can also start exploring cooperation with foreign parties in the cooperation scheme that has been established. Through this collaboration, researchers are expected to get access faster and priority to various data and information provided by EU Copernicus,” he explained.

“As a follow-up to this workshop, it is hoped that cooperation can be realized starting with the signing of the EU-Indonesia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) under which BRIN through PA RO becomes the hub for EU Copernicus data in Indonesia in particular and Southeast Asia in general,” he continued.

“The availability of continuous and accurate data and information in various sectors within the national scope will support the national economic development and growth,” concluded Heru.