OTTAWA, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Canada on Tuesday opened its first Arctic satellite station, which will boost data collection in the region.
The Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF), in Northwest Territories, can receive near real-time scientific information from orbiting satellites over Canada, which has the second-largest landmass and the longest coastline in the world.
Canadian Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis said in a statement the state-of-the-art observation facility would boost Canada's ability to monitor the Arctic region, help increase social and economic development in the north, and strengthen Canada's competitive advantage in the fields of science and technology.
In partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and PrioraNet Canada Inc., the ISSF features a DLR antenna that enhances access to satellites, such as the TanDEM-X satellite launched on June 21, which circles the world over the High Arctic.
The ISSF, which will be further developed in the coming years as a data hub for global earth observation stations and for Arctic environmental research, joins a network of northern facilities in Sweden, Norway and Alaska.
The ISSF will not only help Canada monitor its borders, but will help provide reliable scientific information for researchers and universities around the world.