Satcoms to help Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan manage – or avoid – natural disasters

Synspective, a Japanese SAR satellite data and analytics solution provider, has entered into memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Uzbekistan’s Centre for Space Monitoring and Geoinformation Technologies and Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary (KGS), the national space agency of Kazakhstan.

The collaboration in Uzbekistan is designed to carry out research and development for risk evaluation using interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) technology, a technique for mapping ground deformation using radar images of the Earth’s surface that are collected from orbiting satellites. 

Previous large-scale earthquakes and landslides in Uzbekistan and nearby areas have highlighted the pressing need for predicting and managing land disasters. SAR, an advanced technology capable of yielding high-resolution imagery of the Earth’s surface, is crucial for monitoring land displacement. This could aid in the potential identification of seismic risks in Uzbekistan, thereby aiding in disaster preparedness and mitigation.

Synspective and KGS in Kazakhstan will initially focus on developing new applications for Earth remote sensing and radar data, especially in disaster management, including the mitigation of landslides, mudflows, floods, and effective infrastructure management to reduce the impacts of climate change. This collaboration also opens avenues for joint international commercial projects, enabling Synspective to capitalise on its satellite data and analytics solutions.

In addition, it offers KGS the opportunity to enhance its technological capabilities and further explore the potential of this emerging technology.


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