US, Mexico sign deal on sharing satellite data directly

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The United States and Mexico have signed a deal for Mexico to receive land-surface imagery and data directly from a U.S.-operated satellite.

The agreement means Mexico will get the information immediately instead of waiting for filtered data to be released by U.S. authorities.

Officials say that will allow the country to better track environmental change, as well as improve monitoring and preparation for phenomena such as hurricanes.

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell says Mexico joins about a half-dozen other countries that are already downloading such data directly from U.S. satellites.

Jewell and Eduardo Sojo, president of Mexico's National Institute of Statistics and Geography, signed the agreement Friday in the Mexican capital.