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Satellite Images Show Environmental Change
Satellite Images Show Environmental Change

Satellite images shed light on how natural & cultural landscapes are changing. The images are provided by the China Remote Sensing Satellite Ground Station (RSGS), a national major S&T infrastructure hosted by the Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Jul 19, 2019
Plasma Diagnostic System Improved to Ensure Safe Nuclear Fusion
Plasma Diagnostic System Improved to Ensure Safe Nuclear Fusion

BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese researchers have improved a diagnostics system for nuclear fusion devices, paving the way for producing controlled thermonuclear fusion power in the future.At the temperatures required for fusion reactions, the matter can only exist in the plasma state, free negative electrons and positive nuclei. Some fusion reactors use a magnetic field to confine hot plasma for fusion actions to take place.

Jun 27, 2019
<EM>International Journal of Digital Earth</EM>’s Impact Factor Hits New High
International Journal of Digital Earth’s Impact Factor Hits New High

The International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE) has received a new impact factor of 3.985 in 2019, earning it a ranking of tenth among 50 geographic journals worldwide, Q1 zone, and eighth among 30 remote sensing journals, Q2 zone.

Jun 25, 2019
<EM>Microsystems & Nanoengineering</EM> 2018 Impact Factor Rises to 5.616
Microsystems & Nanoengineering 2018 Impact Factor Rises to 5.616

Microsystems & Nanoengineering is an international open-access journal which is published by the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in cooperation with the Springer Nature. The Journal publishes peer-reviewed original articles and reviews on cutting-edge and emerging topics in microsystems and nanoengineering.

Jun 25, 2019
Chinese Academy Takes Step to Bolster Agriculture in Zambia
Chinese Academy Takes Step to Bolster Agriculture in Zambia

LUSAKA, June 21 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) handed over a high-definition cropland distribution dataset to Zambia on Thursday, aiming to help the southern African nation develop its agriculture sector.The Zambia National Fine Resolution Cropland Data Layer provides nationwide close to real-time cropland data and up to a 10-meter resolution ratio, according to CAS.

Jun 21, 2019
CASEarth Participates 4th STI Forum of the United Nations
CASEarth Participates 4th STI Forum of the United Nations

The 4th annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) was held at the UN Headquarters in New York from May 14 to 15. The theme of the STI Forum 2019 was “STI for ensuring inclusiveness and equality,” with a special focus on SDGs 4, 8, 10, 13, and 16. Nearly a thousand participants from over 50 countries and international organizations attended the forum.

Jun 05, 2019
Giant Balloon to Garner Climate Data
Giant Balloon to Garner Climate Data

Chinese scientists launched a giant aerostat, a helium-filled tethered balloon, called Jimu-1 on Thursday morning to observe atmospheric water vapor at a record altitude of 7,003 meters in the Nam Co region of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Jimu-1 is the first of three Chinese made aerostats that will be tasked with collecting more accurate atmospheric data to be used in studying climate change and sustainable development in the region, according to the Aerospace Information Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the balloon's manufacturer and operator.

May 24, 2019
Gaofen-5 Satellite Image Gives Insight into Global Haze Distribution
Gaofen-5 Satellite Image Gives Insight into Global Haze Distribution

Recently, based on the Directional Polarization Camera (DPC) onboard GF-5 satellite, the first global high-resolution (3.3 km) map of fine-mode aerosol optical depth (AODf) over land has been obtained together by the Aerospace Information Research Institute, and the Anhui Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, the manufacturer of DPC sensor,and other institutes. This AODf remote sensing observation dataset has the highest spatial resolution in the world. It can reflect the spatial information of major air pollutants (PM2.5, etc.) and provide basic information for atmospheric scientists to "unveil" global haze distribution.

Apr 28, 2019
Performance of AIR Payloads onboard Chang’e-4 Satisfactory
Performance of AIR Payloads onboard Chang’e-4 Satisfactory

The Chang’e-4 lunar probe that successfully landed on the dark side of the moon on January 3, 2019, also carried with two payloads developed by AIR research teams, the lunar penetrating radar (LPR) and the very low frequency radio spectrometer (VLFRS). Both the payloads have successfully begun their operations onboard the lunar probe, making China the first country conducting radio observation on the far side of the moon and filling the scientific gap of radio astronomical observations at the frequencies between 100KHz~10MHz.

Jan 15, 2019
Databank Puts Info at World's Fingertips
Databank Puts Info at World's Fingertips

The Chinese Academy of Sciences will release about 5 million gigabytes of data related to Earth sciences, biology and ecology from around globe, allowing scientists and officials worldwide to study and tackle issues in climate change, food security, disaster relief and environmental protection. The data can be accessed on the CASEarth Databank at data.casearth.cn, which was launched on Tuesday. Around 1.8 million gigabytes of content are remote-sensing data, 2.6 million gigabytes is on biology and ecology, and 0.4 million gigabytes is on the atmosphere and ocean, said Guo Huadong, chief scientist of CASEarth, the academy's Big Earth Data Science Engineering Project.

Jan 16, 2019
S&T Disaster Relief Highlighted as Hallmark Feat of CAS during 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up
S&T Disaster Relief Highlighted as Hallmark Feat of CAS during 40 Years of Reform and Opening Up

A workshop was held on January 7, 2019 in Beijing to mark the work of using Science and Technology (S&T) for Disaster Relief included in the CAS list of 40 hallmark S&T achievements as a result of China’s 40-year reform and opening up from 1978 to 2018.

Jan 09, 2019
AIR Scientists Win China’s Annual Science and Technology Awards
AIR Scientists Win China’s Annual Science and Technology Awards

Prof. ZHANG Bing and Prof. DING Chibiao, both from the Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), received 2018 National Awards for Science and Technology during a ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People on January 8, 2019.

Jan 09, 2019
AIR Acquires Domestic Remote Sensing Aircraft
AIR Acquires Domestic Remote Sensing Aircraft

A remote sensing airplane made in China, the Modern Ark 60 (MA60), was delivered to AIR on Dec. 20, 2018. The plane was manufactured by Xi'an Aircraft Industry (Group) Company. Ltd.(XAC), a subsidiary of the China Aviation Industry Corporation. This is the first domestic remote sensing aircraft purchased by the Institute. and a second MA60 is expected to be delivered in the near future.

Jan 03, 2019
“Steps to the digital Silk Road” Published in <EM>Nature</EM>
“Steps to the digital Silk Road” Published in Nature

In the newly released Nature, CAS Academician Prof. GUO Huadong from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) published a comment titled “Steps to the digital Silk Road”, in which he invites more natural and social scientists to further promote the sharing of big data from satellite imagery and other Earth observations, so as to build a digital Silk Road and support the sustainable development of the region.

Jan 31, 2018