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Summary Introduction The Taiwan R.O.C. Fund The Taiwan R.O.C. Gift
In Conclusion Appendix A The University of Florida

A proposal from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences for the establishment of a Remote Sensing Application Center through the Taiwan R.O.C. Fund.

Summary
We respectfully request that the Chinese Taipei Committee, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (CTCID) donate $1,000,001 to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) to support a United States and Taiwan R.O.C. program on remote sensing applications. Your $1,000,001 gift would be matched with $750,000 from the state of Florida’s Gifts Trust Fund to create a permanent $1,750,001 endowment, pending the availability of funds. (See Appendix A for information on UF/IFAS and the University of Florida.)
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Introduction
Earth resource satellites have been launched and operated over 20 years around the world. However, there is a worldwide problem in that satellite data have not been implemented widely by the public for managing the earth’s resources. This may be due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of the applicability, availability, and accessibility of satellite data. These matters all imply that the public’s use of satellite data to manage earth resources is still in its infancy, and that more techniques for application, data access, publicity, and training programs are urgently needed. Fortunately, an earth resources satellite ground station has been established and operated in Taiwan, R.O.C. for managing water and natural resources, environment, forest, and agriculture. Florida has similar interests to those of Taiwan’s station; therefore, there is a great opportunity to share technology that will enhance both programs. The CTCID and the State of Florida are interested in expanding the use of satellite data to manage water resources. For this reason, it is proposed to establish a program sponsored jointly between CTCID and the University of Florida through a remote sensing applications endowment fund which would be designated the 〝Taiwan R.O.C. Fund.〞
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The Taiwan R.O.C. Fund
Earth resource satellites have been launched and operated over 20 years around the world. However, there is a worldwide problem in that satellite data have not been implemented widely by the public for managing the earth’s resources. This may be due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of the applicability, availability, and accessibility of satellite data. These matters all imply that the public’s use of satellite data to manage earth resources is still in its infancy, and that more techniques for application, data access, publicity, and training programs are urgently needed. Fortunately, an earth resources satellite ground station has been established and operated in Taiwan, R.O.C. for managing water and natural resources, environment, forest, and agriculture. Florida has similar interests to those of Taiwan’s station; therefore, there is a great opportunity to share technology that will enhance both programs. The CTCID and the State of Florida are interested in expanding the use of satellite data to manage water resources. For this reason, it is proposed to establish a program sponsored jointly between CTCID and the University of Florida through a remote sensing applications endowment fund which would be designated the 〝Taiwan R.O.C. Fund.〞
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The Taiwan R.O.C. Fund

Earth resource satellites have been launched and operated over 20 years around the world. However, there is a worldwide problem in that satellite data have not been implemented widely by the public for managing the earth’s resources. This may be due to the lack of knowledge and understanding of the applicability, availability, and accessibility of satellite data. These matters all imply that the public’s use of satellite data to manage earth resources is still in its infancy, and that more techniques for application, data access, publicity, and training programs are urgently needed. Fortunately, an earth resources satellite ground station has been established and operated in Taiwan, R.O.C. for managing water and natural resources, environment, forest, and agriculture. Florida has similar interests to those of Taiwan’s station; therefore, there is a great opportunity to share technology that will enhance both programs. The CTCID and the State of Florida are interested in expanding the use of satellite data to manage water resources. For this reason, it is proposed to establish a program sponsored jointly between CTCID and the University of Florida through a remote sensing applications endowment fund which would be designated the 〝Taiwan R.O.C. Fund.〞

Graduate education goals include

  1. Develop and teach courses related to the application of remote sensing, GIS, and GPS in water resources, natural resources, environmental modeling and agriculture.
  2. Graduate Degree Students (M.S and Ph.D.) –Students in this group would enter the University of Florida’s graduate degree education program having met all graduate student requirements.

Research goals include

  1. Research new methodologies for improving the application of remote sensing, GIS and GPS.
  2. Application of remote sensing, GIS, and GPS in environmental modeling, land use/cover classification and inventory, hydrology, water resources, natural resources, biological engineering and agricultural production.

An additional indirect benefit will be the provision of continuing education through the utilization of the graduate education/research infrastructure. Continuing education can be provided at no cost for 15 Taiwan, R.O.C. students and 15 Florida residents per year. Specific activities include.

  1. Unit Manager Education (4-week training period)-Training would emphasize introduction of remote sensing, GIS and GPS and its application for personnel with successful applications.
  2. Technical Leader Education (4-week training period) - Training would emphasize color infrared photograph (CIRP) interpretation, CIRP digitalization, stereo plotter measurement, ground-penetration radar, lightening detection, satellite imagery processing, GIS and GPS operations.
  3. Technical Staff Education (1 to 9 months training period) – Training would feature the same training as conducted for Group B, but students chosen for Group C would also complete a pilot project involving a practical application.

The CTCID will implement the Taiwan, R.O.C. Portion of the program which will involve 1) recommendation of trainees from the Taiwan, R.O.C. which will be limited to 15 to fewer students per year; 2) participation in annual meeting and review of program and course content; 3) coordination with program in Taiwan R.O.C.; and 4) assistance and arrangement of appropriate agencies for University of Florida students to visit in Taiwan R.O.C.

University of Florida personnel assigned to the Center would include a Center Director (Prof. Sun F. Shih) and Center Manager (staff). The current Remote Sensing Applications Laboratory (RSAL) located at UF would be expanded to become a Center for Remote Sensing Applications and would manage the program including the coordination of UF students visiting Taiwan R.O.C. Operating expenses for the program would be supported from be Taiwan R.O.C. Fund. Students who complete continuing education programs would receive a certificate of completion of training from UF.
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The Taiwan R.O.C. Gift

We propose that Taiwan R.O.C. make a gift of $1,000,001 on or before February 28, 1998. The gift may be paid in three installments; one payment of $300,000, one payment of $400,000, and one payment of $300,001. Any and all amounts may be prepaid. Checks should be made payable to the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. –SHARE, the University’s non-profit gift repository.
The Foundation will apply for state matching funds from the state of Florida’s Trust Fund for Major Gifts of $750,000 upon receipt o the entire $1,000,001, if such matching funds are then available. (If the Donors and others should make an additional donation or an entire contribution of $2,000,001, the gift may be eligible to receive 100 percent match from the state.) Further, the Foundation would request encumbrance of matching funds upon receipt of the first payment.
The Foundation would establish and manage the Taiwan R.O.C. Fund in accordance with the policies of the Foundation and use the income from this endowment to support the purposes outlined in this proposal. The University’s Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, or his designee, would be the initial administrator of the fund.

The original principal of the fund shall remain in perpetuity; the programs would be supported by the distributable income of the fund, subject to rules, regulations and law as established by the state of Florida and the United States. (For Example, transportation and living expenses may not be paid t students.)

By letter dated May 16, 1979, the Internal Revenue Service has declared the University of Florida Foundation, Inc. (federal tax identification number 59-0974739), to be a duly qualified charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) and also an organization described in Sections 509(a)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(vi) of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation under such provision in section 509(a). The Foundation is currently listed as such a qualifying organization in IRS publication 78. Additionally, the Foundation is certified by the Board of Regents of the State University System as a Direct Support Organization for the University of Florida under Florida Statutes, Section 240.299 and is a duly chartered active Florida corporation not for profit.
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In Conclusion

As an endowed fund, the Taiwan R.O.C. Fund would help UF/IFAS become a national leader in remote sensing technology. The Taiwan R.O.C. Fund would enhance the education and research enterprises of the University and train students in the application techniques related to remote sensing, Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Thank you to the Chinese Taipei Committee, International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage for your consideration of our request and for your support of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
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Appendix A

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

IFAS is the agricultural and natural resource arm of the University of Florida, a land grant institution which serves the people of our state and nation through the discovery of knowledge, the dissemination of practical information and techniques, and the education and training of future leaders and workers.

Created in 1964 as a separate University budgetary unit, UF/IFAS now includes the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, College of Agriculture, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and elements of the College of Veterinary Medicine. It encompasses 13 research and education centers, 22 on-campus departments, extension offices in each of Florida’s 67 counties, and interdepartmental centers for international programs, tropical agriculture, aquatic plants, natural resources, alternative crops, marine resources, environmental toxicology, biomass energy systems, nutritional sciences and tropical animal health.
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The University of Florida

UF/IFAS researchers can call upon the resources of other exceptional scientists at the University of Florida, which has been placed among the nation’s top 30 research institutions by the National Science Foundation and the top 40 by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. It received the ultimate accreditation in 1985 when its superior research and graduate programs earned it a place as the only member of the prestigious Association of American Universities in Florida and the southeastern United States.

With approximately 3,700 faculty, 40,000 students and 100 interdisciplinary centers, UF is one of this country’s three most comprehensive institutions and one on of the ten largest. It offers UF/IFAS researchers the combined expertise of colleagues in a number of top-rated graduate and professional programs, and boasts the best undergraduate program in the state. Its depth and breadth of programs are of obvious importance to agribusiness and natural resource management, which are intensely interdisciplinary.

  • At the Signing Ceremony of “Taiwan ROC Fund” on Feb. 27, 1997
  • A total of $1,000,001 was donated to UF Gainesville for Remote Sensing Scholarship
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