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Satellite Photographic Systems

Volume 977: debated on Monday 28 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if his Department is conducting discussions with the Natural Environment Research Council regarding further use of satellite photographic systems in North Sea oil weather forecasting.

No. Weather forecastingis the responsibility of the Meteorological Office. I understand, however, that certain data from the satellite receiving station at the University of Dundee, which is supported by the Natural Environment Research Council, have on occasions been passed to the Meteorological Office for research purposes.

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if his Department is funding directly any research by the Natural Environment Research Council in the field of satellite photography systems.

Yes. The Natural Environment Research Council supports a station at Dundee which receives satellite data for oceanographic research, and contributes to the development of a national remote sensing centre at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough.