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Australian Government Thanks CAS for Bushfire Help

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The Australian government has expressed gratitude to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for its help in tracking dangerous bushfires that threatened Sidney in October.  

In a letter to CAS President BAI Chunli, Australian Ambassador to China Frances Adamson expressed appreciation for the contribution of CAS’s Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), under the leadership of Director GUO Huadong, in controlling the bushfires in the State of New South Wales.  

The first bushfire erupted on Oct. 17. On Oct. 22, a day after receiving an Australian request for assistance, RADI used data from China’s Environment-1 and Tiangong-1 satellites as well as foreign data to generate a report showing the location, scope and movement of the bushfires edging towards Sidney’s western suburbs. Over the next few days, RADI issued four more similar reports, which the Australian side called “extremely useful.” 

In her letter, the ambassador said senior Australian government decision makers and emergency services personnel commented on the quality and timeliness of RADI’s reports. The ambassador also noted that Geoscience Australia, the country’s national geoscience research and geospatial information agency, praised RADI’s courtesy, professionalism and expertise. 

The ambassador went on to express the willingness of Australian agencies to strengthen cooperation with RADI in areas of mutual benefit, such as increased reception of satellite data at Australian ground stations, emergency management, and calibration and validation of data. 

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