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USGS and Peru sign an agreement for remote sensing operations
The United States and the Republic of Peru formalized a partnership that will facilitate cooperative research in Earth Observations and technology development, which has numerous applications for national priority research areas. This agreement, facilitated through the intergovernmental organization of the Group on Earth Observations, is an example of the lasting commitment of the United States and the Republic of Peru for “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive, and sustained Earth Observations”.
The bilateral Memorandum of Agreement, the first of its kind, was signed by Dr. David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and Mayor General FAP José Antonio García Morgan, Agencia Espacial Del Perú of the Comisión Nacional de Investigación y Desarrollo Aeroespacial (known as “CONIDA” – translated to “the National Aerospace Research and Development Commission,” which is the governing body of space activities in Peru).
The USGS and CONIDA have shared priority science interests in the use of satellite imagery for the purposes of natural hazard assessment disaster risk reduction, climate change and environmental health, as well as land, water, and energy resource management. One of the planned collaborations is the joint utilization of the U.S. Landsat satellite’s nearly 50-year archive and data from PerúSAT-1, a high-resolution Earth Observation satellite system operated by CONIDA for disaster risk reduction and resilience. CONIDA is looking to coordinate with the USGS (along with NOAA and NASA) in the production of mapping resources that improve basic services (e.g., clean water, transportation, energy), and implementation of next-generation technologies that expand Peruvian public access to PerúSAT-1 data.