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Science and Operational Applications Research - Africa (SOAR-AF) Initiative

Publication date: April 2011

The goal of the RADARSAT-2 Science and Operational Applications Research - Africa initiative (SOAR-AF), addressed to investigators from an African organization (postal address and e-mail), aims to generate benefits for Africans through the development, implementation and use of RADARSAT-2 data for new applications or for enhancing existing applications. This announcement focuses specifically on the use of RADARSAT-2 data for basic and applied R&D activities related to image-processing algorithms and associated methods and applications, and to building the capacities of African organizations to use Earth Observation (EO) data.

The SOAR-AF initiative, expected to continue for the lifetime of the RADARSAT-2 satellite, is an umbrella initiative that will integrate ongoing international activities in Africa (programs, initiatives, etc.), targeting economic development, social, environmental, political and scientific issues. For integration into SOAR-AF, the manager of an activity in Africa must submit a request to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for acceptance ( Each of the selected international activities will have a starting and a closing date.

The evaluation period is planned for four to six weeks following the submission. Projects submitted will be evaluated by scientists in EO.

For more information on this SOAR-AF initiative, please contact:

SOAR Coordination Office
Canadian Space Agency
6767 Route de l'Aéroport
Saint-Hubert, Quebec J3Y 8Y9
Telephone: 450-926-6749
Fax: 450-926-4613
E-mail :

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