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Dragon Cooperation Programme


ESA, together with the National Remote Sensing Centre of China (NRSCC), an entity under the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of China, have cooperated in the field of Earth observation (EO) application development. The cooperation has now taken on a new momentum with the creation of a dedicated three-year Earth observation exploitation programme called Dragon (2004 to 2007). The programme formally kicked-off in April 2004 with a three day symposium that was held in Xiamen City in China.

The Dragon Programme focussed on science and applications development in China using mainly data from the ERS and Envisat missions.


  • To promote the use of ESA EO data from the ERS and Envisat satellites
  • To stimulate scientific exchange in EO science and technology by the formation of joint Sino-European teams
  • To publish co-authored results of the research and applications development
  • To provide training in processing, algorithm and product development from ESA EO data in land, ocean and atmospheric applications
  • The benefit and contribution of the expected work is to research application development in 16 thematic application projects related to land, ocean and atmospheric monitoring.

Dragon Project themes

The thematic areas under investigation were:

  • EO and Sport Events
  • Agricultural Monitoring
  • Flood Monitoring
  • Forest Mapping
  • Rice Monitoring
  • Forest Fire Monitoring
  • Oceanography
  • Terrain Measurement
  • Seismic Activity
  • Landslide Monitoring
  • Air Quality Monitoring and Forecasting
  • Chemistry/Climate Change in the Atmosphere
  • Forest Information from POLInSAR
  • Drought Monitoring
  • Water Resources Assessment
  • Climate and Ocean Systems


Download Dragon Programme files:

Dragon Symposium 2004 Programme

Dragon Programme Brochure 2004

Dragon Symposium 2005 Programme

Dragon Programme Brochure 2005

Dragon Programme Brochure 2006

Dragon Symposium 2007 Abstract

Dragon Programme Brochure 2007

Dragon 1 Programme Final Results 2004-2007