Since 1984, the center has been a pioneer of remote sensing in Taiwan, devoted to remote sensing research and education. In response to specific needs of the country, society, economics, culture, and the environment, the center has actively conducted practical research in various fields such as land monitoring, disaster investigation, marine detection, atmospheric analysis, forestry planning, project management, and popular science education. This diversity ensures that industry, government, academia, and research communities can closely cooperate, thereby elevating the center to a paradigm of fundamental research and integrated applications on remote sensing.
The center research groups are created based on each faculty member's expertise in remote sensing, geoinformatics, and space science to explore potential remote sensing technologies and various applications. The scope of faculty research ranges from outer space and atmospheric to oceanic and land use. The center not only manages the resource satellite receiving station, but also receives the satellite images in real time. In 2008, a Master's of Science Program in Remote Sensing Science and Technology was established to recruit domestic and oversea students and cultivate professionals with advanced experience in remote sensing technology and international macro prospective science.
The center has been established for more than 20 years, and the numerous teaching and practical experiences accumulated by both retired and current colleagues make it outstanding in the field of remote sensing. To meet future conflicts and challenges, the center continually strives to create new approaches to the potential demands of techniques and trends in the satellite images market. The center also endeavors to grow into a superlative remote sensing research facility that encompasses basic technical developments and widespread educational services and promotes applications in various fields. Through increased international cooperation, the center expects to strengthen Taiwan's remote sensing fundamental and technological development infrastructure, and further its contribution to land use management, environmental monitoring, and disaster preventions to keep the center in the forefront in the field of remote sensing.
The Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research, a prime research center, was established on July 1st, 1984 at National Central University. Its primary missions are in the research and teaching of space and remote sensing related sciences, and in the development of new remote sensing technology and applications. Currently, there are more than 110 personnel working at the center including: a director, chaired by one of the professors; a secretary; researchers that include professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and assistant researchers; technicians that include specialists, engineers, artificers, technical workers, and contract employees associated with various research projects. In addition, the faculty members at the center are jointly appointed with the other departments where they offer courses and supervise graduate students related to their relevant expertise. Since 2008, the Master of Science Program in Remote Sensing Science and Technology has started for those people who desire advanced specialization in this field in order to further enhance and broaden personal intelligence and technology in remote sensing.
Under the themes of conducting earth and space observations, the center focuses principally on remote sensing. The research applications, however, encompass many diverse areas, such as meteorological satellite, microwave remote sensing, hydrology remote sensing, geological remote sensing, pattern computing, artificial intelligence & pattern recognition, adaptive data analysis, environmental remote sensing, geophysical radiation and atmospheric composition exploration, satellite surveying & navigation, geographic information systems, digital photogrammetry, geocomputing, space payload, wave propagation, ionosphere sounding, ionosphere radio science. In order to integrate human resources and optimize the use of the facilities, the center is subdivided into three research groups, namely Remote Sensing Research Group, Geoinformatics Research Group, and Space Science Research Group.
In addition, under the financial patronage of National Science Council, the resource satellite receiving station was established in 1993 to receive and process real-time satellite image data. The station is, currently, capable of receiving the data from SPOT-5,Terra, Aqua and Formosat-2, which was launched in May, 2004. The station not only provides standard and value-added products, but also carries out research and development on radiometric and geometric corrections as well as applications, and offers educational and outreach programs. This is quite unique in the worldwide ground station community to act as a "three-in-one" role.
The center strives to advance into a world-class remote sensing research facility that encompasses basic technical developments, widespread educational services, and promote relevant applications in various fields in order to strengthen Taiwan's remote sensing technology and fundamental development infrastructure. In account of this and the economic and environmental policies of the government, we conceive four guidelines for development policies: (1) Fundamental researches in remote sensing, (2) Researches in the application of remote sensing in land monitoring and survey, (3) Researches in the surveillance of remote sensing in disaster relied over Taiwan, and (4) Researches in the application of remote sensing in Asia Pacific region's environmental changes development. With the implementation and execution of these goals, it is expected to uplift further the center's technological level in remote sensing, and contribute more to government policies on land use, environmental monitoring and disaster preventions.
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