ISEPEI at UN workshop in Iran

November 12, 2016

Dr Lagutov has presented CEU at the UN Workshop on satellite technologies in Iran by giving a talk on role of Universities in promoting  evidence-based decision-making and the ISEPEI Project launched in cooperation with UN agencies.

Dust- and sand storms, which present environmental risks and can affect the regional climate, have worsened also in the Middle East region over the last years. Monitoring such storms and related drought conditions from space using satellite remote sensing (RS) technologies and geospatial data has therefore become more important recently. It is also important that development policies of areas affected by such conditions are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable, and space technologies play an important role in defining such policies as well.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA) and the Government of Iran have jointly organized the Workshop to raise awareness and promote the use of space technologies related to dust storm and drought monitoring for the benefits of the host country, for the Middle East region and in general for developing countries globally.

The Workshop was held in Tehran, Iran, from 5 to 9 November 2016, hosted by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) on behalf of the Government of Iran. The Workshop explored how current space technologies help to identify and monitor the effects of a changing climate - including the onset of drought and dust or sand storms in particular - on vulnerable regions on an international and regional scale.