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1 CNRS - National Council for Scientific Research , Lebanon. Department: Center for Remote Sensing
Research topics:
Satellite and radar image procesing + creating adaptive segmentation and classification algorithms + dealing with environmental issues and problems using GIS
Profile:
The National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) is a public institution established in 1962 and assigned with the task of formulating national science and technology policy, initiating, guiding, supporting and conducting scientific research programmes and activities in Lebanon. It advises the Government on all science and technology issues. The CNRS conducts research through its specialised centres and supports research projects having an impact on the socio-economic development of the country. The CNRS is a public autonomous institution reporting directly to the President of the Council of Ministers. It is administered by a Board of Administration and a General Secretariat. The Remote Sensing Centre (RSC) was established in 1995 and became fully operational in 1997. This came as the culmination of a focused effort to catch up with recent advances in remote sensing and GIS technology. The Centre is linked to various regional and international organizations for implementation of collaborative programmes. The Centre has proved to be an important tool for decision makers as it is supporting various activities that are essential to several ministries. The RSC has to its credit various studies dealing with watershed and forestry management, urban settlements, archaeology and the environment, integrated coastal zone management, public participation, natural hazards, updated and new soil map of Lebanon. Furthermore, the Centre is securing highly needed upgraded information as well as cooperating with several development projects necessary for environmental monitoring and data acquisition in various sectors, and producing various thematic maps, training staff of various public agencies on requirements and applications of remote sensing and GIS.