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Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Riga, Latvia 14–18 May 2012


A five-day workshop on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) technology and its applications in Riga, Latvia, from 14 to 18 May 2012 is being organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in cooperation with the Government of Latvia, the United States of America through the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) and the European Space Agency (ESA), as part of the activities of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications, for the benefit of the countries in Europe. The Workshop will be hosted by the Latvian Geospatial Information Agency on behalf of the Government of Latvia.

Workshop participants will discuss how GNSS-enabling technology can strengthen a network of national reference stations and promote the interoperability of navigation, positioning and timing systems in the region. An overview of a wide range of GNSS applications existing today and prospects for the future, in areas such as surveying, mapping and asset management, precision agriculture, engineering and construction, aviation and maritime, as well as space weather monitoring will be provided.

"Information note" and "Application FORM" (in PDF format) were attached to ISWI Newsletter V4 No29 (click here)
on-line application form is available here
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Session 1: Current and planned global and regional navigation satellite systems and satellite-based augmentation systems
Programme updates-GNSS: Global Positioning System (GPS), GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS), European Satellite Navigation System (GALILEO), COMPASS/BeiDou Navigation Satellite Systems (CNSS), Indian Regional Navigation System (IRNSS), Quasi- Zenith Satellite System (QZSS)
GNSS space-based augmentation systems: Wide-Area Augmentation System (WAAS), System of Differential Correction and Monitoring (SDCM), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), GPS Aided Geo-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN), the Multifunctional Transport Satellite Satellite-based Augmentation System (MSAS)

Session 2: Initiatives/experiences in GNSS user applications: Case studies and opportunities for collaboration
New capabilities in efficiency and safety across all modes of transportation: aviation, maritime, rail and highway
Applications in surveying and mapping, geodesy, science and timing, environment, agriculture, and remote sensing with GNSS and integrated sensors
Observation of space weather phenomena through the deployment of ground-based world-wide instrument arrays such as GPS receivers, magnetometers, solar telescopes, very low frequency (VLF) monitors, solar particle detectors, and data analysis and the sharing of recorded data

Session 3: GNSS reference station networks and services
Regional and national reference frames/systems implementation
International GNSS Service (IGS) and other initiatives, multi-GNSS environment

Session 4: Capacity building, training and education in the field of GNSS
Education and training programmes
GNSS education tools

Discussion Sessions
Issues, concerns and approaches for pilot projects/initiatives, requirements of implementing, mechanisms and resources of implementing
Possible follow-up projects and initiatives and proposals for future workshops/training courses

Financial support

Within the limited financial resources available, a limited number of selected participants will be offered financial support to attend the Workshop. This financial support will defray the cost of travel (a round trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their home country and Riga, Latvia) and/or the room and board expenses during the duration of the Workshop.

Deadline for Submission of Applications and Abstracts

The completed application form together with the presentation abstract, properly endorsed by the applicant's Government/institution, should be submitted to the Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 500, A-1400, Vienna, Austria, no later than Friday, 16 March 2012. Please note that on-line application form is available on the web site of the Office for Outer Space Affairs at the following address:

All candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for the workshop online, as it helps to streamline the processing of applications as well as helps applicants to save their time.

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