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October 6, 2017

GEONETCast Mexico: US – Mexico Space Cooperation for Disaster Risk Reduction

As a donation from the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to the Mexican Space Agency, ten GEONETCast-Americas (GNC-A) receiving stations have been set up across Mexico to provide valuable information on the environment, climate change, food safety and security and energy resources, and to contribute to disaster risk reduction efforts in the country.

An example of international space cooperation, this donation connects Mexico to a satellite network that distributes information on natural disasters. This process is activated when a network participant requests the support of the international community.

The Mexican Space Agency, in coordination with other federal agencies, has redoubled efforts to improve national terrestrial infrastructure for the prevention, mitigation and rapid response to emergencies and natural disasters. Over the next few years, Mexico intends to increase the number of antennas to became the country with the second largest number of receiving stations.

The ten NOAA antennas are distributed throughout the national territory, and are operated by the Mexican Space Agency, the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE), the National Center of Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) of the Ministry of the Interior (SEGOB), the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), the National Meteorological Service (SMN), the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).


Gustavo Arriaga Mendez

About the author:

Gustavo Arriaga Mendez, Communications Engineer - Manager of Satellite Applications for Civil Protection, Mexican Space Agency.