Workshop on Applied Satellite Technology ends in Sunyani

The University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) on Friday ended a five-day training workshop on Applied Satellite Technology for Integrated Resource Management in Sunyani.

The workshop, organized by the GEONETCast Centre of the University was designed to introduce participants to the basic concepts and operational skills necessary to acquire and use products obtained through the GEONETCast system and to apply them for Climate, Water and Environmental applications.

Participants numbered about 46 from the Bui Power Authority, Ghana National Fire Service, Newmont Gold Ghana Limited, Resource Management Support Centre, Forestry Commission and the Brong-Ahafo Regional Directorate of the Ghana Education Service.

The rest were from the Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Meteorological Agency, Ghana Space Science Technology Institute and some students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Catholic University College of Ghana.

Mr Andrews Kwasi Boateng, the Registrar of UENR, opening the workshop earlier on Monday noted that the GEONETCast Centre, since its establishment last year has proved itself as a formidable research hub.

Mr Boateng explained it had provided resources and capacity development for UENR staff on the use of advanced technology for the dissemination of information.

He said the workshop was therefore another evidence of the Centre’s efforts at improving institutional capacity and providing research for the Management of Ghana’s natural resources.

A release copied to the Ghana News Agency later in Sunyani indicated the workshop emphasized on applications for Water and Food Security and Environmental Monitoring.

It said the programme also gave participants practical skills and up-to-date knowledge on how to monitor natural resources from space, saying with the open source software one could easily build one’s own applications and analyses schemes related to one’s interest.

The release stated through the case studies, the whole trajectory from image to product was demonstrated, adding on completion, a participant could become the focal point for Earth Observation data within ones organization.

It said participant learnt how to set-up a GEONETCast system and developed technical skills on data retrieving methods, product content and data analyses related to water and environment.

The release added participants could select a number of case studies to review the methodology and applicability of the Earth Observation data.

Dr. Amos T. Kabo-bah of the GEONETCast Centre and also lecturer at the Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, UENR was the main facilitator for the workshop. GNA

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