Dragon 4 Cooperation

Dragon is a cooperation between ESA and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the P.R. China. Starting in 2004, there have been 4 phases, each lasting 4 years. The latest and newest phase Dragon 4, commenced in July 2016 at the Wuhan Dragon 4 Kick-off Symposium and will be completed in 2020. The 4 cooperation phases are:

          1.Dragon 1 (2004 to 2008)
          2.Dragon 2 (2008 to 2012)
          3.Dragon 3 (2012 to 2016)
          4.Dragon 4 (2016 to 2020)

Dragon 4 focuses on the scientific exploitation of ESA, ESA Third Party Missions, Copernicus Sentinels and Chinese EO data for geo-science and applications development. There are 8 topics including CAL / VAL that are addressing information provision for key societal issues facing Europe and China today. The new phase in the cooperation brings together 27 joint Sino-European teams to investigate these topics:

        

       ● Atmosphere, climate & carbon cycle

       ● Agriculture, food & water

       ● Urbanization & smart cities

       ● Ecosystems including forest and grasslands

       ● Oceans & coastal zones

       ● Solid earth & associated disaster risk reduction

       ● Hydrology and cryosphere

       ● Calibration/validation.

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