China is to launch its first satellite to monitor the
environment in the first half of next year, the State Environmental
Protection Administration (SEPA) said on Friday.
The satellite will be used to monitor the environment and report
on natural disasters, said Wu Xiaoqing, the SEPA deputy director,
at a press conference.
"Our capability to manage the environment and forecast natural
disasters will improve considerably with the operation of the
satellite," Wu said.
So far, China has set up more than 2,000 stations on the ground
to monitor the air, rivers and lakes, and the overall
But the ground network still can not meet the demand of timely
and dynamic monitoring on the fast-changing environment, Wu
Wu did not elaborate on the details of how the satellite will
(Xinhua News Agency December 8, 2007)