CSIRO, Chinese Geological Survey Sign Technology Accord

Dr. Mike McWilliams, chief-CSIRO Exploration and Mining, and
Wang Xuelong, deputy director-general of China Geological Survey,
sign a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies
calling for collaborative efforts in the field of hyperspectral imaging
for minerals exploration and environmental monitoring.
Australia’s national science and research agency, CSIRO, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the China Geological Survey (CGS). The signing follows a number of successful projects between CSIRO and CGS in the field of hyperspectral imaging. CGS is a non-profit government owned research institution involved in remote sensing research and applications, which reports directly to the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources.

This new collaborative relationship, according to CSIRO, will assist Australian geological technologies entering or planning to enter the Chinese market. It will also help further secure China as Australia’s leading resource partner.

Joint projects following the signing of the MoU will initially focus on spectral sensing for minerals exploration and environmental monitoring. As the relationship develops, collaborative work will expand to include additional exploration technologies including geophysical and geochemical methods and mineral systems targeting.

By developing a formal relationship with CGS, CSIRO said it is also fostering a partnership which may allow it to access data acquired by a Chinese hyperspectral satellite expected to be launched in the near future.

As featured in Womp 2009 Vol 08 - www.womp-int.com