The Second Workshop and Final Review Meeting of Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors Project was held in Antalya, Turkey, during 2-5 December, 2019. Experts from Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey participated in the workshop.
Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO, delivered a welcome speech to all participants on behalf of the Secretariat during the opening ceremony. He emphasised it is one of the Best Asia-Pacific Linkage Project in APSCO to share the resource in the field of calibration and improve capacity building among the Member States. He also encouraged the initiation of similar kind of projects to bring mutual benefits for all Member States.
Dr. FerhatFikri Özeren, Deputy Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO chaired the workshop.
Prof. Dr.Sacit Özdemir, Director of TÜBİTAK National Observatory and member of the Board of Directors of Turkish Space Agency, gave an opening speech on behalf of the co-organiser from Turkey. He warmly welcomed all experts from APSCO Member States and showed his willingness to give support to the projects of APSCO.
Ms. Susan, the Project Manager of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO, presented an introduction of the project. Co-organiser Hüsne Seda Deveci, the Project Manager from Project Leader-TÜBİTAK UZAY Space Technologies Research Institute, gave a presentation on “APSCO Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors”.
During the Workshop, all Member States’ experts presented their data processing presentations on absolute radiometric calibration their test sites and related tasks and made analysis discussion on each report.
The Program Management Board (PMB) meeting was held on December 4th, 2019. All members agreed that all objectives have been achieved and the implementation of the Project has been successfully completed. It is recognized that the project is now ready to be transferred into its operational phase.
On December 5th, 2019, all participants attended a technical visit to the TÜBİTAK National Observatory Headquarter (TUG) and visited the remote telescope control room under the guidance of technical staffs of TUG.
All participants recognised that the Second Workshop and Final Review Meeting of Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors Project had completed successfully and capacity on the radiometric calibration field has been developed among APSCO Member States. All participants acknowledged and appreciated the contributions and kind supports from APSCO, and the Project Leader TÜBİTAK UZAY of Turkey.
As a conclusion of the Project, technical verification and validation of all sites, especially new sites in Iran, Mongolia and Peru, based on data both from ground measurement and satellite sensors were successfully conducted. The data sharing and collaboration agreement between APSCO and the Member States having calibration sites will be proceeded in order to facilitate site data and measurement information for satellite sensor calibration activity in APSCO Members. The capacity in the field of radiometric calibration through in-class training, field campaign and expedition, and hands-on training as well as workshops on calibration data processing has been well built among all Member States. The APSCO radiometric calibration site network and Joint Working Group with experts from all Member States have been established.