Milestones

October 1992
Establishment of CRISP at NUS with a funding from NSTB (A*STAR) as one of the first batch of NSTB RICs.

September 1995
Remote Sensing Ground Station begins operation, receiving remote sensing images from SPOT 1 and 2 satellites.

March 1996
Invited by European Space Agency to receive the ERS 1, 2 tandem data over the Southeast Asian region. CRISP only station in Southeast Asia to participate in this program.

August 1996
Captured ERS image of the tanker Song Sam polluting the sea. The image was successfully used by MPA as court evidence to convict the officers of the ship. (This is a first such success in the world.)

October 1997
CRISP’s team won the Grand Championship at the CRAYQuest Singapore ’97, a high performance computing competition jointly organized by the National Supercomputing Research Centre (NSRC) and Cray Research.

November 1997
Started reception of data from the RADARSAT 1 satellite of the Canadian Space Agency.

3-8 August 1997
Hosted the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium at Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

1997
Captured SPOT images of regional forest fires and demonstrated the capability of SPOT system for regional forest fire monitoring. Began long-term regional fire monitoring exercise in support of National Environmental Agency.

August 1999
CRISP received the Excellence for Singapore Award (by Singapore Totalisation Board) for its contributions to the regional efforts in monitoring ocean pollution and forest fires.

November 1999
CRISP’s Head of Research, Dr. Liew Soo Chin, was selected to participate in NASA EO1 satellite mission science team as a Principal Investigator. The EO1 satellite carries the Hyperion instrument, the first space-borne hyperspectral imager which acquires images of the earth in over 200 spectral channels.

August 2001
Began reception of the 0.82-m resolution IKONOS images.

5-9 November 2001
Hosting of 22nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing

29 December 2004
Captured IKONOS images of the Indian Ocean Tsunami which were the main source of information for the world on the tsunami damage. Precise images were used in planning and execution of disaster mitigation and rescue operations.

4 August 2005
A paper titled “No oceans on Titan from the absence of a near-infrared specular reflection” co-authored by Dr. Santo Salinas, CRISP’s Research Scientist, was published in Nature (vol. 436, pp. 670-672, Aug 4 2005), in collaboration with JPL Scientists. Dr Salinas’s contribution was based on his research work on radiative transfer modeling of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system.

November 2006
AERONET station at CRISP started operation. CRISP participates in AERONET, a worldwide network of facilities for the study of aerosol properties coordinated by NASA.

January 2009
A research project in collaboration with NParks on Quantifying vegetation biomass of Singapore using satellite technology, funding by MND.

February 2009
Installed a new antenna at S2S building.

April 2009
CRISP is selected to host an aerosol measurement supersite for 7SEAS project, together with the Division of Environmental Science and Engineering, NUS. 7SEAS is an interdisciplinary atmospheric sciences study with a particular emphasis on aerosol particle-meteorology interaction. It was initiated by NASA and NRL in 2006 with cooperation of scientists from the Southeast Asian region.

May 2009
Began reception of 0.5m resolution GeoEye-1 remote sensing images. Currently the highest resolution civilian remote sensing satellite images.