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Earth Science

Date: 24th August 2005
Time: 11:00 - 15:30

Place: Room E  
Organizing chairs:


Session Plan:



Earth Monitoring

Date: 25th August 2005
Time: 9:00-11:00
Place: Room H

Organizing Chairs:

Pakorn Apaphant
, Ph.D
GISTDA, Thailand

Chih-Li Chang, Ph.D.
National Space Organization, Taiwan


1) To provide a forum for the exchange of new developments in earth observation data and services in the Asia Pacific region.
2) To continue the review and discussions on the use of earth observation data in disaster warning and assessment.

Session Plan:

i) Number of Speakers: 6

ii) Name and contact details of the speakers:
  1) Kuo-Hsin Hsiao, ERL/ITRI, Taiwan
  2) Isao Nakanishi, JAXA/EORC, Japan
  3) Pakorn Apaphant, GISTDA, Thailand,
  4) Jeng-Shing Chern, NSPO, Taiwan
  5) Chanchai Pienpijarnpong, GISTDA, Thailand,
6) Dato' Nik Nasruddin Mahmood, MACRES, Malaysia

iii) Title and abstract of the presentations

1) Identification of Landslides with combined RS and GIS data

Kuo-Hsin HSIAO , Jin-King LIU , Ming-Fang YU
ERL/ITRI, Taiwan

Abstract: A sequence of Typhoon events hits Taiwan in the last few years, namely NARI in SEP 2001, MINDULLE in JUN 2004, and AERE in AUG 2004. Sedimentation from landslide materials endangers the life of water reservoir. Multi-temporal images are used in this study to extracting the landslides in the catchment area of Shimen Reservoir by image classification, greenness and brightness, and vegetation index in an image processing and analysis system. Subsequently, refined landslide maps are generated by overlying the landslide themes on 3D perspective view draped with satellite images and other ancillary information in a GIS environment. Finally, a change analysis is made. Images taken on OCT 2001 of SPOT-4 and those taken on JAN 2004 were used to generate 2 landslide maps. Data fusion images of SPOT-5 and Formosat-2 in 2005 were analyzed. A comparison of the interpretability of the fusion images with former type of images for mapping landslides was made. The possibility of applying this type of fusion images was concluded.

2) Introduction of ALOS satellite and ALOS disaster observation homepage


Abstract: JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploring Agency) is preparing launch of ALOS (Advanced Land Observing Satellite) in fall of this year.  The ALOS satellite will carry three remote-sensing instruments: the Panchromatic Remote-sensing Instrument for Stereo Mapping (PRISM) for digital elevation mapping, the Advanced Visible and Near Infrared Radiometer type 2 (AVNIR-2) for precise land coverage observation, and the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) for day-and-night and all-weather land observation. The major objectives are (1) to provide maps for countries including Japan, Asian-Pacific region countries and other countries; (2) to perform regional observation for "sustainable development," harmonization between Earth environment and development; and (3) to conduct disaster monitoring around the world.

Since the both of AVNIR-2 and PALSAR have 10 m ground resolution and pointing capabilities, they can observe any stricken area within two to three days.  JAXA is also preparing ALOS disaster observation homepage showing the latest observation data, the location map of the stricken area, emergency observation plan and its status, examples of disaster observation data including earthquake, flood, volcanic eruption, oil spill, forest fires, etc.

3) Satellite Based Disaster Management Programme in Malaysia

Dato' Nik Nasruddin Mahmood
Malaysian Centre For Remote Sensing (MACRES)


4) Space technology to support disaster early warning activities in Thailand

Pakorn Apaphant
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand

Abstract: Thailand was one of the countries devastated by the Tsunami Disaster last year, causing catastrophic damages to lives and properties. GISTDA recognized the importance of relevant data in managing relief and recovery efforts to the affected area. It took immediate action to establish “Satellite Imagery-based Information Center for Tsunami Recovery”. This center was initiated under the coordination of government, research and private sectors. Both existing data and newly collected data were processed into a consistent format, and ingested in the database. Some necessary data interpretation was also done to make data ready for use. To date several existing data layers have been made ready for use. In addition, through the center, satellite data and GIS have also applied to support on warning tower installation planning. The first three towers are currently installed at Patong beach in Phuket. This presentation will included all activities described above.

5) Recent Earth Observation Results of FORMOSAT-2

Jeng-Shing Chern and Chih-Li Chang
National Space Organization (NSPO), Taiwan

Abstract: FORMOSAT-2 (formerly called ROCSAT-2) is a small satellite of 746 kg mass for two remote sensing missions: earth observation and upward lightning observation. It had been launched successfully from Vandenberg, California on 20 May 2004. The mission orbit is sun-synchronous of 891 km altitude for exactly 14 revolutions per day. This characterizes FORMOSAT-2 the daily revisit capability. For earth observation, the payload is an advanced high resolution remote sensing instrument (RSI) with ground sampling distance (GSD) 2 m in panchromatic (PAN) band and 8 m in multi-spectral (MS) bands. For upward lightning observation, the payload is an imager of sprites and upper atmospheric lightning (ISUAL). The first earth observation image was taken on 4 June 2004. From mid-July to late August, FORMOSAT-2 successfully monitored the disasters occurred in Taiwan Island caused by typhoons Mindulle and Aere. Then started from 28 December 2004, FORMOSAT-2 continuously observed the disastrous areas in South Asia due to an extremely strong seaquake and tsunami. This observation activity lasted four weeks. In order to provide images for rescue purpose in such an urgent condition, the National Space Organization (NSPO) of Taiwan opened its web site for free download during the first week. As to ISUAL, the first observation of sprite was on 4 July 2004. Up to now, more than 89 red sprites, 831 elves and 83 halos had been captured.

From June 2005, the international business of FORMOSAT-2 has been started. Under the cooperation with SPOT Image Company of France, many international requests have been raised. Some cases are near completion in contract negotiation. Recent earth observation results and business operation shall be presented in this paper. 

6) ALOS mission data transfer experiment plan by using GEANT and APAN networks

Isao Nakanishi <JAXA/EORC, Japan>

Abstract: ALOS Advanced Land Observing Satellite will generate a large amount of mission data of one Terra Bytes per day during the operational phase after launch. A majority of mission data will be transmited through JAXA’s Data Relay Test Satellite (DRTS), but we are investigating to utilize a ground station in the Northern Europe as one of backup paln. In that case, the received data will be saved as files at the ground station, and transfered to JAXA/EOC for data processing through high data rate network. The likeliest networks are the GEANT and APAN networks, and we are planning to do the data transfer experiment from a ground station in the Northern Europe to JAXA/EOC through the GEANT and APAN networks by using the XTP protocol.

7) THEOS Program: Status and Update

Chanchai Pienpijarnpong
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand

Abstract: After several years of using remote sensing data from foreign satellite systems, Thailand has decided to develop its own satellite. The Thailand Earth Observation Satellite (THEOS) program consists of the design, development, launch, and commissioning of the THEOS satellite and its associated ground facilities. The program is developed by Thai space agency, GISTDA and EADS Astrium as a prime contractor. Data from the instrument will be transmitted to the THEOS Image Ground Segment. Facilities will be provided at this station to accommodate the reception and processing of the data. The THEOS control ground segment will be established to provide command and control of the satellite. THEOS will provide imagery in the visible and near infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The satellite will be launched in to a low earth orbit in 2007. This presentation describe the current status of the program.

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Field Server

Date: 26th August 2005
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Room G

Organizing Chairs:

Dr. Hirafuji, NARO

Session Plan:

- Field Server Standard: hardware, sensors and application
Dr. Hirafuji, NARO


- MetBroker Generation-II
Dr. Ninomiya, NARO


- Field Server Cases Study: Low-cost and High-end Field Server
Mr. Pisuth, HAII, Panasonic, NARO


- Field Server Forum: International Collaboration
Group (or Taiwanese User)


Food Safety

Date: 26th August 2005
Time: 16:00-17:30
Place: Room G

Organizing Chairs:

Prof. Wan

Session Plan:

- IT for Food Safety and Traceability Indicators
Mr. Pisuth, HAII


Another Presentation by Prof. Wan

Another Presentation by Taiwanese Researcher