Department of Strategic Space Applications


Space derived data provides a very powerful planning tool that  significantly improves the quality, efficiency and technical depth of decision making in the allocation of resources, environmental management, land use planning, agricultural practices, mineral resources exploration, urban planning, water resources management, general resources inventory, project planning, implementation, monitoring and management in all aspects of human endeavours.


The statutory functions of the Department include amongst others:

  • Promote and consolidate all space applications and space applications related activities through appropriate research and development for the purpose of optimizing resources and making the space programmes to have more impact on Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
  • Promote space applications and space applications related research and development for the purpose of managing and protecting the environment, hazards and disaster management.
  • Strengthen capacity building and human resource development, which are required for the applications of space-based earth observation data sets including linkages with relevant institutions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), States and Local Governments.
  • Provide support and collaborate with universities and other academic institutions in the country for research and development projects relevant to the national space programme.
  • Supervise the activities of operational centers that that are assigned to the department, particularly, those related to the functions of Space Applications Department such as NCRS, Jos, Plateau state and CGG, Toro Bauchi State.
  • Provide expertise for the Agency’s participation in international organizations on Earth Observation and the activities of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
  • Provide support and collaborate with universities and other academic institutions in the country for research and development projects relevant to the national space programme.
  • Develop appropriate space applications software tailored to space applications needs.
  • Carry out other activities that are necessary or expedient for the function of the Agency, including activities that may be assigned to the department by the DG/CE, e.g. collaborations with GeoApps+ Nigeria Ltd to carryout consultancy projects.


For effective implementation of the functions of the Department, it has been divided into four operational subject areas namely:-

  • Natural Resource Management (NRM) Division
  • Cadastral Mapping and Urban Space Application (CMUSA) Division
  • Hazard and Environmental Management (HEM) Division
  • Climate Change Modelling Division (CCMD)


Contributes in formulation of policies, coordinates and supervises projects and researches that are related to Natural Resources, its Management and Development. This requires applications of satellite-based technology in the strategic areas stated below:-

  • Land and Water Resources Management
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Ecology and  Biodiversity
  • Epidemiology and disease mapping
  • Tourism and wildlife conservation
  • Geology, Mineral exploration and exploitation
  • Ensuring Sustainable Management of Natural Resources through satellite-based applications.
  • Collaboration and linkages with MDAS, and institutions  in core areas of NRM mandate
  • Provision of decision support and geospatial solutions to aid policy for the purpose of project planning, implementation, monitoring and management for sustainable resources use in the country.



  • Policy formulation on Urban Space Applications and Cadastral Mapping in line with the Agency’s Mandate and Vision.
  • Preparation of Division’s action plans, workflow and budget.
  • Initiate and implement research on Urban Dynamics with Satellite Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System.
  • Studies on the contribution of Urbanization to Global Warming and its effects on Nigerian Urban Centres.
  • Represent the Agency at both local and international forum on urban and cadastral mapping issues; Geospatial events; Aeronautic and Space Engineering events, Urban and Regional Planning etc.
  • Promote the use of space based methods to map, monitor and manage Nigeria settlements and urban Centres.
  • Develop Geo-spatial Database to showcase and disseminate research result from CMUSA Division through the World Wide Web.
  • Source for funding and collaborators to implement the Division’s projects to augment budgetary allocations.



  • Develop capacity in understanding, monitoring and measuring the following;
  • flood in all ecological zones;
  • landslides and soil erosion in the country (especially the South-eastern parts);
  • heat waves, bush burning, hazards from oil producing activities and
  • Waste management, radioactivity, effects of mining activities etc.


  • Setting up enabling environments for image interpretation and extraction of usable data from satellite images, digital and analogue products.
  • Development of information exchange schedules such as formulation of national disaster reduction and risk management and improved knowledge of appropriate risk monitoring methodologies.
  • Development of Emergency (disaster) response system; that is, activities to be taken immediately before and after the onset of a hazard to reduce the effects of the disaster.
  • Development of Recovery Actions/plans such as plans to re-establish the community and infrastructure.
  • Development of regional and international cooperation in matters related to disaster management and, for monitoring the international community.
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