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China uses remote sensing to monitor flooding, to help assess Tibet's ability to feed itself, to measure the amount of arable land, and to check local compliance with central government land use regulations. In 1981, State Science and Technology Commission [SSTC] of China established the China National Remote Sensing Center (CNRSC) to coordinate users in different ministries, research institutes and local governments. For example, the CAS Remote Sensing Station is called the Ground Department and the Wuhan Science and Technology University is called the Training Department of the CNSC.
The CNRSC has 12 departments which are jointly under the authority of various ministries and the SSTC. Policymaking, planning and key project support are concentrated at the Center so that resources will be available for key projects. The CNRSC participates in UN meetings and signs memoranda of understanding with foreign governments for the PRC. National remote sensing application projects receive funding from both the State Science and Technology Commission and the State Planning Commission as well as from the particular ministry involved.