Centre Régional Africain des Sciences et Technologies de l 'Espace en Langue Francaise [CRASTE-LF]


Website: http://www.enssup.gov.ma/craste/

The African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology in French (CRASTE-LF), which is affiliated to the United Nations, was set up in Morocco in 1998. The Centre is based at the Mohammadia School of Engineers at the University Mohamed V in Rabat. The main aim of the Centre is to increase knowledge in space science and technology by assisting nations in the region to develop and consolidate their indigenous capacities in this field. The Centre conducts a series of seminars, workshops and conferences as well as promoting its postgraduate and short-term courses. At present the Centre has the following 13 signatory member countries from the region: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.

Main Tasks:

Lead of WP6

The Scientific Institute of Mohamed V University, Agdal, Rabat; the African Centre for Meteorological Applications for Development (ACMAD); the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO); the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI); the Higher Multinational School of Telecommunications (EMST), Dakar, Senegal; the University of Marne-la-Vallée, France; the Royal Centre for Remote Sensing (CRTS), the Royal Centre for Space Studies and Research (CRERS), the Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Science (IAV), the National Post and Telecommunications Institute (INPT), In Algeria: the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) and the National Space Technology Centre (CNTS). In Tunisia: the Regional Remote-Sensing Centre for North African States (CRTEAN); and in Cameroon: the National Institute of Cartography (INC Yaoundé).
The UN-OOSA, Vienna; the Centre national d’études spatiales (CNES), France; the European Space Agency (ESA); the Canadian Space Agency (CSA/ASC); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USA. CRASTE-LF has also entered into cooperation and collaboration relationships with the other three Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education, affiliated to the United Nations (CSSTEAP, ARCSSTE-E and CRECTEALC).

Staff members:

  • Dr. TOUZANI Abderrahmane: Mr TOUZANI, Director of CRASTE-LF in Rabat is a Doctor (1987) in Physic Sciences from the University of Sciences and Technologies Flandres Artois, Lille France and working as Professor at the Mohammadia School of Engineers. He is a official delegate of Morocco at the General Conference UN-COPUOS.
  • Dr. EMRAN Anas: Mr EMRAN graduated as a Doctor in Remote Sensing and Geology at the University Paris VI in 1991 and got another Doctorate from the University Mohammed V Agdal (UM5A) in Rabat in 1997.
  • OUAZAR Driss: Dr in Applied Sciences at University of Luick, Belgium, and graduated from Ecole Mohammadia d'Ingénieurs with a degree in Hydraulic Engineering (M.S.). He continued lecturing and supervising M.S. students as a senior lecturer while also acting as the head of the hydraulic department at EMI since 1983. By the end of 1986, he was promoted full professor of Civil Engineering and Computational Methods at EMI where he is still acting as a head of the hydraulic department and supervising M.S. and PhD. students. In 1989, he has created the LASH laboratory as an associated entity to the National Research Council of Morocco (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technique). He supervised more Supervision more than 200 Graduations, 40 MS and 20 PhD theses and established Doctoral School on Water and Environment. He has been appointed as adjunct professor at the University of Delaware, Water Resources program, USA. Other activities are listed below:He is the High Water Council and Climate of Morocco and in the Scientific Board of the National Research Council. He has been nominated as a Resident Member of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology in 2006.
  • Dr. LANSARI Abdeldjelil, Deputy Director at CRASTE-LF since October 2010 and in charge of carrying out the following main missions, managing and attending training of Master of Space Sciences and Technologies with ,Organizing of scientific events (conferences, workshops, short courses, expert missions to countries seeking, ...) involving space tool in thematic interests having a direct impact on the development socio-economic development of African countries and non- member of CRASTE-LF (Climate change - impacts and adaptation, water resources, agriculture, integrated territorial management of natural disasters - before, during and after - desertification, drought).
  • WADE Souléye : Dr. In Geology, Remote Sensing Laboratory (LTA) Institute of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Techniques University of Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, Senegal.
  • KOUAME Koffi Fernand: Director CURAT (Centre for Research and Application in Remote Sensing (CURAT) at Felix Houphouët Boigny, University of Abidjan-Cocody, Specialist in Remote Sensing and GIS Applied to the Management of Water Resources, Ph.D in Natural Sciences, University of Cocody, Côte d'Ivoire,Post doc. Integrated Management of Water Resources, INRS ETE, Canada, Post doc. Climate Variability and Water Resources, COSTEL, France
  • Mr. SAHABI ABED Salah, Master in Space Science and Tchnology, Engineer in Meteorology in 1996, Lecturer-Researcher and Supervisor at Department of Hydro-Meteorology and Climatology in Institut Hydrometeorologique de Formation et de Recherches (IHFR) Oran, Algeria from 1996 to Present.Research Interest: Hydrometeorology, Climatology, Climate Change, Seasonal Climate Prediction, Statistical modeling and Environmental Earth Sciences. Space Meteorology, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery Applications, Geographic Information Systems (GIS),

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