Site Selection Expedition of The RCSS Project Successfully Conducted in Mongolia

The Site Selection Expedition of Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors Project was conducted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, during 17-19 September, 2019. The experts group A consisting of Bangladesh, China, Mongolia, Thailand and Turkey participated in this activity. 

Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO chaired the Opening Session. He delivered a welcome speech to all participants on behalf of APSCO Secretariat. He emphasized the importance of the project as a good example for sharing rare resources among Member States, and he encouraged more similar kind of project to be initiated for mutual benefit of APSCO Members.

During the presentation session, Ms. Susan, project manager of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO gave a brief background introduction of the project as well as the main objectives of this site selection expedition. Mr. Elbegjargal Nasanbat, from National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC), made a presentation on Mongolian Remote Sensing Activities. Mrs. Battsetseg Tserekhuu on behalf of NRSC, gave a presentation on the Field Campaign Overview in Mongolia. Finally, Ms. Husne Seda Deveci, the Project Manager from Project Leader, TUBITAK UZAY of Turkey, gave a presentation on a detailed introduction of the implementation of the Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors Project and further activities.

On 18-19 September, all participants visited the SAR Calibration Site 1 in Bagakhangai and SAR Calibration Site 2 in Bayantal. Also, site characterization and validation activities for absolute radiometric calibration of optical sensors was successfully conducted at the ZUUNMOD site. 

During the Data Processing Sessions, the Project Leader gave instructions and guidance to the Member States experts on how to process data from both on-site measurement and image data from satellites that flew over the site during the predetermined measurement time. Furthermore, related topics were assigned to each Member State for conclusion during the upcoming 2nd Workshop and final review meeting. At the end of meeting, a bilateral meeting for preparation of the 2nd Workshop was held between APSCO and Project Leader.

All experts recognized that the Site Selection Expedition had been successfully conducted, and the main objectives have been well achieved. APSCO and participating Member States appreciated the contributions and hospitality from the host Mongolia, and hard work of the team from TUBITAK UZAY. 

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