December, 2006

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SuperMap¡¯s Satellite Navigation Project Highlighting CHTF 2006

China Hi-Tech Fair 2006 (CHTF) was launched on Oct. 12th in Shenzhen. Beijing SuperMap GIS Technologies, Inc. attended the event and showcased its "Hi-Tech Demonstration Project of Satellite Navigation Embedded Software & Platform Software Industrialization" in the CHTF special show of satellite navigation application. This project focuses on the development of a range of satellite navigation embedded software based on SuperMap¡¯s self-developed modular GIS software platform. The work will provide a dynamic platform support for the industrialization of the satellite navigation application in China. Currently, SuperMap¡¯s ¡°Beijing No. 1¡± moonlet on track will directly serve for the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Presence of Glaciers to Restrain Global Warming Tendency

Prof. Zhang Wenjing, Research Fellow from the Chengdu Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS, pointed out on Oct. 16th that the presences of nearly 20 million square kilometers of glaciers as well as the oceans that occupy larger areas on the earth will restrain the uncontrollably global warming tendency.

People should not be too pessimistic about the global climate change, according to Prof. Zhang, ¡°Although the global warming will cause the reduction of glaciers, the newly exposed land after the glacier has retreated will benefit the succession and following-up of new plant communities. Meanwhile, the melting of glaciers will use up a great deal of heat energy. When the temperature of glaciers increases by 1 Celsius degree, comparatively smaller heat energy will be consumed. However, about 80 folds of such quantity of heat energy, or 80 kilocalories will be needed when the ice with a temperature of 0 Celsius degree turns into the water with the same temperature. That way, the air temperature rise will be balanced out.¡±

Longest Desert Shelter Forest Eco-project Completed in China

According to the Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute, CAS, the Tarim desert highway shelter-forest eco-project has been completed and passed the acceptance inspection recently. This 436km-long green corridor, as the longest shelter forest providing protection for the Tarim desert highway, runs across Taklimakan Desert ¨C the second largest drifting desert in the world. The completion of the eco-project symbolizes that Chinese researchers have not only preliminarily solved the world problems of the desert highway protection, but they also provided a successful example for resolution of similar issues.

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