The conference of the Dragon Program, a major China-Europe scientific collaboration, opened in Lisbon on Monday, marking the transition from the Earth observation plan Dragon 5 to Dragon 6 and included a new agreement on climate change and big data.

Organized by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and the European Space Agency (EEA), the five-day symposium attracted around 300 experts and scholars from China and Europe to discuss the achievements of Dragon 5 and introductions to Dragon 6 projects, focusing on the latest developments in Earth observation technology and the application of satellite remote sensing technology in environmental protection and disaster mitigation.

At the opening ceremony, China and Europe signed a cooperation agreement for Phase 6 of the Dragon Program, which runs from 2024 to 2028. The agreement covers ten key themes, including land, atmosphere, climate change and big data. Both sides will continue to promote the sharing and application of Earth observation data through collaborative research, academic exchanges and talent training.


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