Earth and environmental remote sensing community in South Korea: A review

Yong Sang Choi, Chang Hoi Ho

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This paper is a review of the satellite remote sensing community in South Korea, in the field of Earth and environmental sciences. The community has been invigorated by the Communication, Ocean, and Meteorological Satellite (COMS), the first Korean geostationary satellite project. Since its successful launch on July 26, 2010, about 300 organizations have officially received remotely sensed COMS data. This paper describes how satellite remote sensing has been used for decision-making in Korea, and the evolution of the associated education system. Despite the rapid development of remote sensing, Korea is facing shortcomings in the applicability of remote sensing to industry and society. The two future geostationary satellites planned by the Korean Government, GK (Geo-KOMPSAT)-2A and GK-2B, for monitoring climate and the environment in East Asia from 2018/2019 will alleviate these shortcomings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-76
Number of pages11
JournalRemote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

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The Korean Government also established a national institute, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), in 1989 to develop satellite launch and sensor manufacturing capability. Several years after its establishment, on December 21, 1999, KARI launched another LEO satellite, the Korea Multi-Purpose Satellite-1 (KOMPSAT-1, also referred to as Arirang-1), carrying an electro-optical camera. This was succeeded by a number of KOMPSAT series, with the most recent, KOMSAT-3A, launched in 2014. Presently, KARI operated the ground station with governmental support from the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP).

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The authors thank Drs. Mi-Seon Lee, Jae-Gwang Won, Hyuk-Jin Yun (NMSC/KMA), and Jinwon Kim (UCLA) for revising this paper, and Ms. Bo-Ram Kim and Jungmin Park for collecting material. This paper is supported by the Korean Ministry of Environment as the Eco-technopia 21 project ( 201200016003 ), and the Korea Meteorological Administration Research and Development Program under Grant KMIPA2015-6110 .

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  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Remote sensing
  • Satellite
  • South Korea


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