The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) organized the Kick-off Meeting of the “APSCO Earthquake Research Project Phase II: Integrating Satellite and Ground Observations for Earthquake Signatures and Precursors” during 14-16 May, 2019 in Guilin, China. The Project Management Board (PMB) members, delegates from Bangladesh, China, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey, and the Project Management Team from APSCO and the project leader, The Institute of Crustal Dynamics (ICD) of China Earthquake Administration (CEA) attended the meeting.
Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of APSCO, addressed the opening speech and welcomed the delegates. He appreciated the success of the first phase of the project, especially the Ground-based Ionospheric Monitoring and Information (GIMI) data sharing platform that enables active research in the earthquake field and cooperation among APSCO Members. He congratulated the approval for the implementation of the second phase of the project which he emphasized that will play the important role in implementing the APSCO Development Vision-2030.
The kick-off meeting, chaired by Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management of APSCO, went on smoothly. All deliverables and documents of the kick-off milestone were thoroughly reviewed by experts from the Member States. Based on the Site-Hosting requirements presented by the project leader, the Member States presented their potential hosting sites for installing the magnetometers to be shared under the new Stereoscopic Seismic-ionospheric Observation Application Platform (SOAP). Besides, the Project Contract was signed between APSCO and ICD, CEA. It is recognized that project has been successfully kicked-off and ready to transit into its next implementation stage and bring benefits not only to APSCO Members, but also to the World in coping with Earthquake.
After the meeting, as a part of the technical visit, all delegates visited the Guilin Digital Seismic Station, an earthquake observation node belongs to CEA, and shared their experiences on the seismic phenomena observations.