Due to the prevailing situation on COVID-19 pandemic, the First Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Feasibility Study Report (FSR) of the ‘Ionospheric Modeling through Study of Radio Wave Propagation and Solar Activity’ Project Phase II was organized through teleconference, during 14-15 April, 2020, instead of calling for face-to-face meeting. Despite of large time difference among Member States, the delegates from all Member States of APSCO participated in the meeting, including Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey.
Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department led the APSCO project team and welcomed all experts on behalf of the Secretariat. From the project initiator side, Prof. Weimin Zhen, Senior researcher, represented the China Research Institute of Radiowave Propagation (CRIRP) to welcome all participants and sincerely appreciated all Member States for their strong support on the draft FSR of the project, despite of difficult working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic period.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Manop Aorpimai and went smoothly. The comments and review item discrepancies were received from all Member States prior to the meeting. It facilitated the discussion and clarification among experts and helped to conduct the meeting fluently even via the internet means.
As a conclusion of the meeting, all experts from APSCO Member States agreed to update the FSR based on the shortlisted action items and recommended to submit the updated FSR to the upcoming Council Meeting for approval as a Basic Activity. It’s then expected that APSCO Ionospheric Observation Network shall serve for continuous evaluation of Ionospheric models and ionospheric effects through study of radio wave propagation and solar activity, as well as to provide cooperation platform for other Ionospheric-related research topics to all Member States.