At the Canadian Space Agency, the Space Technologies division manages programs that support and promote the development and use of Earth observation technologies among Canadian industry, university researchers, and the Government of Canada.
The Government Related Initiatives Program (GRIP) fosters the use of Canada's space resources by the Government of Canada. The program focuses on developing government use of space-based land, ocean, and atmospheric observation systems and services.
Government of Canada decision makers and the Canadian public are better served through GRIP because it supports the analysis of Earth observation data, and the integration of this data and derived environmental parameters into geospatial information products. This integration process helps create better predictive models of the land-ocean-atmosphere environmental system. GRIP also supports the use of satellite navigation and communications, as well Internet and terrestrial wireless communication technology, where these are required for the acquisition and distribution of Earth observation information products.
While the overall goal of GRIP is to optimize the government's of use of Earth observation technologies and resources, some specific aims of the program are:
To support the development and demonstration of new applications that increase the benefits and effectiveness of government services for Canadians through use of Earth observation information sources
To ensure efficient use of Canada's investment in Earth observation for understanding, monitoring and predicting the state of our environment; resource management; and surveillance of our territory; this requires interdepartmental coordination of data acquisition, integration, modeling, research and development, and decision support activities
To raise awareness within the Government of Canada of the uses and benefits of Canadian supported Earth observation missions and related enabling technologies
To encourage use of Canadian Earth observation solutions by the Government of Canada in support of their international commitments regarding environmental monitoring and as part of Canada's assistance to developing nations