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In these few lines it has been shown that, contrary to widely held opinion, a large amount of satellite data on Africa is actually available. It remains to be ascertained on a case by case basis whether this data is useful for specific intended applications, and whether it can be delivered within the appropriate quality, price and time requirements of each application.

It has also been shown that information regarding the existence of this data is not easily accessible, as it is various, dispersed and not standardised. These factors may impose limitations on the usage of satellite data. This tendency may be further exacerbated in the near future. However, as the HIMS project has shown, the problem can be overcome by the use of automated long-distance database query systems and the establishment of a single point access to information. .

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Authors: BARTHOLOMÉ E, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: Information Satellitaire au service de l'aide humanitaire, Bruxelles (BE), 28 May 1997
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper FR 40690 ORA
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