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African Trainees Learn about Remote Sensing for Mineral Exploration

2016-03-28

Sixteen trainees from 8 African countries visited the RESTEC HQ office in Tokyo for a half day remote sensing lecture. They learned about basic knowledge on remote sensing and its applications. A lecturer from RESTEC also introduced the digital elevation model (DEM) derived from Japanese satellite data, which is very useful for mineral exploration. This product is the so called “AW3D” and covers the whole globe with a 5m mesh.

This lecture is a part of the “Knowledge Co-Creation Program on Geological Information Management for Mineral Exploration in Africa” organized by the International Institute for Mining Technology (MINETEC) of the Japan Mining Engineering Center for International Cooperation (JMEC) and funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The trainees are from the mining ministries of Angola, Botswana, DR-Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. They will stay in Japan for 7 weeks until mid-April to learn about remote sensing and GIS for mineral exploration.