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Dragon 4 Cooperation
Dragon is a cooperation between ESA and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of the P.R. China. Since 2004, there have been 3 phases, each lasting 4 years: Dragon 1 (2004 to 2008); Dragon 2 (2008 to 2012), Dragon 3 (2012 to 2016). The latest and newest phase Dragon 4, commenced in July 2016 at the Wuhan Dragon 4 Kick-off Symposium and will be completed in 2020.
Dragon 4 focuses on the scientific exploitation of ESA, ESA Third Party Missions, Copernicus Sentinels and Chinese EO data for geo-science and applications development. There are 8 topics addressing information provision for key societal issues facing Europe and China today that include: atmosphere, climate & carbon cycle; agriculture, food & water; urbanization & smart cities; ecosystems including forest and grasslands; oceans & coastal zones; solid earth & associated disaster risk reduction; hydrology and cryosphere; calibration/validation. The new phase in the cooperation brings together 27 joint Sino-European teams to investigate these topics.