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Space Information Cycles
The National Space Program key objective is to build up complete Space Information Cycles (CIE) in order to optimize the development of certain areas in the socio-economic field throughout the country. These cycles make CONAE’s activities to be consistent and provide for their proper interaction.
The Space Program Revision 2004-2015 includes the following six Space Information Cycles:
Cycle I: Comprises all relevant space information concerning agricultural, fishing and forestry production, including monitoring and protection of ichthyic resources.
Cycle II: Comprises all relevant space information related to weather, hydrology and oceanography, including monitoring of climate changes and freshwater courses throughout the territory, as also South Atlantic Ocean and Antarctic Sea studies. It also includes, in a wider geographical range, seasonal forecast on global phenomena like El Niño.
Cycle III: Comprises the management of natural as well as human-induced disasters, like fires; floods; volcanic eruptions and earthquakes; tornados; cyclones and hurricanes; landslides; hydrocarbon leakage.
Cycle IV: Comprises environment and natural resources monitoring, focused on different applications for the study of climate and global atmospheric changes. It also refers to soil, air and water pollution.
Cycle V: Comprises remote sensing and processing of relevant information to be used in cartography, geology, mining production (including oil and gas prospecting) and territorial planning.
Cycle VI: Comprises health applications as regards to landscape epidemiology, which means the use of remote sensed information together with field data in order to set up human disease hazard predictable patterns.
Due to new socio-economic activities requirements of our county, it has been identified the need of introducing two new areas embracing: security issues (to support systematic monitoring and control of land borders, exclusive economic zone and critical urban and rural areas) and energy matterns (to evaluate both non-renewable energy sources - oil, coal, gas - and renewable ones - hydro, solar, wind, biomass-).