China to offer data services to Pakistan for disaster prevention
BEIJING: China will offer customized data services for disaster prevention through its Fengyun meteorological satellites to more countries along the Belt and Road, including Pakistan, China Daily reported.
As per a senior official of the China Meteorological Administration’s National Satellite Meteorological Center, the services will be provided on the basis of the results of a survey of 81 countries.
“By the end of April, 22 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Libya and Sudan, had responded to the survey. All of the respondents said they wanted to install the application software platforms of the Fengyun satellites for weather forecasting, as well as climate and environment monitoring,” the Chinese website said.
It further said, the countries have also requested a range of services, especially in monitoring rainfall, droughts, dust storms, heavy fog and lightning, in addition to training courses on Fengyun meteorological satellite data analysis, remote-sensing applications and data collection.
Wei Caiying, deputy general-director of the National Satellite Meteorological Center, said that real-time disaster monitoring by meteorological satellites could provide these countries with a scientific basis for disaster prevention and reduction.
“Weather-related disasters such as typhoons pose a threat to life and property. Tracking their path could help local authorities decide how to proceed with evacuations,” she said.
China has launched 17 Fengyun series meteorological satellites, of which seven are currently in operation.