International Meeting on Land Use and Emissions in South/Southeast Asia

Meeting Location: 
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Meeting date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016 to Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Meeting Objectives

Land use management is recognized as an important topic for the countries of south and south-east Asia for a wide variety of reasons. One of these is how land use practices contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. At the recent Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, France in December, 2015, 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels. To meet the COP21 requirements, the capacity to monitor, assess and report greenhouse gas emissions from the Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sectors is essential. In addition, assessing historical and current trends of AFOLU emissions is important both for science and addressing climate change and air quality policy issues. Better data on land use can help to characterize anthropogenic forcing of the atmosphere, while providing useful constraints to carbon cycle assessments. Despite the high relevance of this information, quantification of AFOLU emission sources and sinks remains uncertain, in particular from the south/southeast Asian countries where inventory data are poor. It is unclear how much AFOLU emissions contribute to the total anthropogenic emissions, especially in the south/southeast Asia region.  Improved data, methodologies and tools to enhance countries’ capacity to address AFOLU emissions are urgently needed. Specifically, forest Monitoring and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (M & MRV) in the context of Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD +) Activities needs attention to meet the United Nation Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reporting requirements and to address climate policy relevant questions.  Although, remote sensing, ground based and empirical approaches have significant potential for emissions quantification, confusion remains among researchers and practitioners on the suitability of various methodologies including data sources for land use and emissions quantification and monitoring.

The aim of this meeting is to review the availability, potential and limitations of different data sources and methodologies for land use mapping, quantification and monitoring including impact on atmospheric environment. The meeting presentations will focus on synergies among various approaches and provide recommendations on how to improve the role of earth observations, ground data and modeling techniques for the improved understanding of land use sources and sinks.  The meeting will also act as a forum to interact with south/southeast Asia researchers involved in the SARI (South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative) and GOFC-GOLD program. The meeting will be organized into following scientific sessions which will integrate Remote Sensing, Geospatial technologies, Ground based measurements, Empirical as well as Modeling approaches.

1.   Regional and National Science Initiatives; 2.  Land Cover/Land Use Changes, Forests and GHG emissions;      3.  GEOGLAM-Asia Rice - GEOGLAM; 4. Agriculture/Water Resources; 5). Urban LCLUC and emissions; 6). Inventories, Monitoring and Modeling of GHG's and Air Pollution; 7.Vegetation Fires and Biomass Burning Emissions; 8.Aerosols and Radiation;  9. Discussion Session: Regional Science Summary

International Steering Committee

Dr. Krishna Prasad Vadrevu, Associate Research Professor, GOFC-GOLD Fire IT Executive Officer, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), USA, Phone: 1-330-234-0387 Fax: 1-301-405-6806; Email:

Dr. Chris Justice, Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), 4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 209, College Park, Maryland, 20740, USA, Phone: 301.405.4050; Email:

Dr. Toshimasa Ohara, Fellow, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Tsukuba, Japan; Phone: 81-29-850-2491; Email:

Dr. Matsunaga Tsuneo, Head, Center for Environmental Measurement and Analysis (Environmental Information Analysis Section), National Institute for Environmental Studies NIES), Tsukuba, Japan; Phone:81-29-850-2349;

Dr. David Skole, Professor  Global Observatory for Ecosystem Services  Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, USA; Email:

Dr. Garik Gutman, Program Manager, NASA Land-Cover/Land-Use Change Program; Landsat Program Scientist, Washington D.C. USA; Phone:1-202-358-2770; Email:

Dr. Thuy Le Toan, Scientist, Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO) (CNES/CNRS/UPS/IRD), Toulouse, France; Email:

Dr. David Ganz, Chief of Party, SERVIR-Mekong, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand; Email:

Dr. Hassan Virji, Director - START; Mr. Senay Habtezion, Program Specialist, START -; Email: or

Local Steering Committee

Dr. Phan Thanh Binh, Professor and President, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City

Dr. Vu Dinh Thanh, Professor and Rector, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology

Dr.Nguyen Phuoc Dan, Associate Research Professor and Dean, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam National University. Email:

Dr.Le Van Trung, Associate Research Professor and Chair of the Department - Resources and Environmental Informatics, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology

Dr. Le Trung Chon, Associate Research Professor, Head of Postgraduate Study Office, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology;

Dr. Vo Le Phu, Associate Research Professor, Vice Dean of Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources (FENR), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology; Email: or

Dr.Nguyen Danh Thao, Associate Professor and Director, External Relations Office, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam National University.

Dr. Nguyen Tan Phong, Associate Research Professor, Vice Dean, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources (FENR), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology;

Dr. Nguyen Van Minh Man, Department of Resources and Environmental Informatics, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources (FENR), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology; or

Dr. Tran Thi Van, Department of Resources and Environmental Informatics, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources (FENR), Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology;

Dr. Bui Quang Hung, Director, Center for Center of Multidisciplinary Integrated Technologies for Field Monitoring, VNU University of Engineering and Technology, Hanoi, Vietnam. Email:

Dr. Lam Dao Nguyen, Vietnam Southern Satellite Technology Application Center (STAC), Vietnam National Satellite Center, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Email:

Dr.Pham Thi Mai Thy, Deputy Director, Remote Sensing, HCMC Institute of Resources Geography, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology. Email:

Other Local Partners

Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC), Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST)

Vietnam National University of Engineering and Technology, FIMO (Center of Multidisciplinary Integrated Technologies for Field Monitoring), Hanoi, Vietnam

Meeting Dates

17, 18, 19th October, 2016

Meeting Venue

Windsor Plaza Hotel Hotel

18 An Duong Vuong Street, District 5Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, Vietnam; Tel: +84 8 3833 6688; Fax: +84 8 3833 6888Email:

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We reached the maximum capacity of 120 participants. Due to logistic issues, we are not accepting any more registrations. Please contact for more info. 

About Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon)

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) located in the southern part of Vietnam is one of the biggest cities in the country. French used to consider the city as “the Pearl of the Orient”. The wide Saigon River, which takes a huge turn from the east of Saigon, links the city with the sea. Ho Chi Minh City with its essential French colonial character with city’s villas, wide avenues and a lively café society reminds the days of French dominance. Over the past 15 years, Ho Chi Minh City has experienced a spectacular change in terms of urban development. The once low-rise landscape of the city’s central area, district 1, is now marked with shining skyscrapers including high-rise apartments, international hotels and private companies. The city is also the cultural center and economic capital of the country. Please see the below wiki link for more information:

Training (for Early Career Scientists <35yrs)

The meeting will include a three day hands on training session for young researchers and will focus on the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) for land cover/land use change applications using SAR, MODIS, Landsat, Sentinel and other remote sensing datasets.

Training Dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd, October, 2016

Training Venue: Ho Chi Minh University of Technology (HCMUT), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Field Trip (invited participants only)

The scientific field trip is planned to understand local cropping systems, forestry and urban land use in and around Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River delta. Guest lectures from the local experts will be arranged to understand on-going land use/cover change dynamics including AFOLU emissions. Participants need to pay the field trip costs.

Field Trip dates: 15th and 16th, October, 2016 (Invited participants only)

Meeting Agenda [SARI_Vietnam_meeting_agenda.pdf]

Meeting Presentations

Day 1 (17th October, Monday)

9.00-10.00 Introduction Session

9:00       Welcome Address –  Phan Thanh Bin (President, Vietnam National University)

9:20       Welcome Remarks – Vu Dinh Thanh (Rector, Ho Chi Minh University of Technology)    

9:25       Welcome Remarks – Nguyen Phuoc Dan (Dean, Ho Chi Minh University of Technology)  

9:30       Welcome Remarks and Meeting Objectives–Chris Justice and Krishna Vadrevu(U.Maryland College Park USA)  [Chris_Krishna_Objectives.pdf ]

9:45       Welcome Remarks – Toshimasa Ohara (NIES, Japan)

9:50       Welcome Remarks, South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative (SARI) Update - Krishna Vadrevu (NASA    MSFC, USA) [Krishna_SARI.pdf ]

10:00-12:05     Technical Session-I: Regional Programs and Science Initiatives;  Chair: George Lin (National Central University, Taiwan)

Keynote Presentation

10:00     Remote Sensing Research Activities and Applications – Doan Minh Chung (Space Technology Institute, VN Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), Vietnam) [ Doan_Minh_Chung.pdf ]


               Group Picture


              Tea Break

Technical Presentations

11:05     An Overview on Seven South East Asian Studies (7-SEAS) Springtime Activities and Future Development -George Lin (National Central University, Taiwan) [George_Lin.pdf ]

11:25     NASA SERVIR – Ashutosh Limaye (NASA MSFC, USA) [Limaye.pdf]

11:45     One MapMyanmar Project and Updates - Myat Su Mon - (Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar) [Myat_Su_Mon.pdf]



1:25 – 4:30      Technical Session – II. Agricultural Land Use and Emissions; Chair: Chris Justice (UMd, USA)

Keynote Presentations

1:25     University of Maryland GEOGLAM Activities - Chris Justice (University of Maryland College Park, US) [Justice_Geoglam.pdf ]

1:50     GEOGLAM-Rice mapping and monitoring using Sentinel-1 data -  Thuy Le Toan, Alexandre Bouvet and Phan Thi Hoa (CESBIO, France) [Thuy_LeToan.pdf ]

Technical Presentations

2:15      Asia Rice Crop Team Activity in GEOGLAM – Kei Oyoshi (EORC, JAXA, Japan) [Kei_Oyoshi.pdf]

2:35     GEOGLAM Joint Experiments for Crop Assessment and Monitoring (JECAM): Recent Progress With Optical and SAR Inter-Comparison Studies – Ian Jarvis (Agriculture and Agri-Food, Canada) [Jarvis.pdf ]

2:55      Global Food Security Support Analysis Data @ 30-m using Landsat Time-series, Google  Earth Engine (GEE) Cloud Computing and Automated Machine Learning Algorithms – Thenkabail Prasad (USGS, Flagstaff, Arizona) [Thenkabail.pdf ]


              Tea Break       

3:50      Integrating Landsat, PALSAR-2 and Sentinel-1 Data with DNDC for Regional Rice Methane Inventories - William Salas (Applied Geosolutions, USA) [Salas.pdf]

4:10      Decades of Changes On Ganges-Brahmaputra Delta – Agriculture, Aquaculture and Mangroves – Christopher Small (Columbia University, USA) [Small.pdf ]

4:30     Land Use Change and Rice Crop Monitoring In The Mekong Delta, Vietnam - Nguyen Lam Dao (Vietnam Southern Satellite Technology Application Center, Vietnam) [Nguyen.pdf ]

4:40     Poster Introductions (3-minute overviews)

5:00     Poster viewing followed by Adjourn            

Day 2 (18th October, Tuesday)

9:20 – 12:00        Technical Session – III. Inventories, Monitoring and Modeling of GHG’s and Air Pollution; Chair: Toshimasa Ohara (NIES, Japan)

Keynote Presentation

9:20       Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring Using GOSAT-1 and GOSAT-2 Data -Tsuneo Matsunaga (NIES, Japan) [Matsunaga.pdf ]

Technical Presentations

9:45       S-12 project and Regional Emission Inventory in Asia (REAS) – Toshimasa Ohara (NIES, Japan) [Ohara.pdf ]


                Tea Break

10:40     GHG Emission Inventory of Can Tho City, Mekong Delta, Vietnam – Ho Quoc Bang (Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) [Bang.pdf ]

11:00     Updated Emission Inventories from Industrial Sector in Thailand for 2013 – Narisara Thongboonchoo (King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, Thailand) [Narisara.pdf ]

11:20     Top-Down Emissions Inventory Development For Fine-Resolution Simulation in East-Asia Nicky Lam (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong) [ Nicky_Lam.pdf ]

11:40     Emission Scenarios and Reductions in the Developing Countries – Tatsuya Hanaoka (NIES, Japan) [Hanaoka.pdf ]



1:00-3:25 Technical Session - IV. Vegetation Fires, Emissions and Aerosols;  Chair: Krishna Vadrevu (UMd, USA)

Keynote Presentation

1:00       Fires, Flares and Lights: Mapping Anthropogenic Emission Sources with Nighttime Low-light Imaging Satellite Data – Chris Elvidge (NOAA, USA) [Elvidge.pdf ]

Technical Presentations

1:25       Recent Biomass Burning Events and Aerosol Properties in South/Southeast Asia  – Krishna Vadrevu (NASA MSFC, USA) [Krishna.pdf ]

1:45      Using Multiple Remotely Sensed Platforms and Models to Identify and Quantify The Magnitude and Source of Missing Smoke from Southeast Asian Fires – Jason Cohen (Sun Yat Sen University, China)

2:05       Major Air Pollution Event in Mega Rice Project (MRP) Area, Indonesia During The Super Elnino Event – Hiroshi Hayasaka (Hokkaido University, Japan) [Hayasaka.pdf ]

2:25       Using Satellite Data For Improving PM10 Model Outputs – A Test Case Over Chiang-Mai City – Ronald Macatangay (National Astronomical Research Institute, Thailand) [Ron_Macatangay.pdf ]

2:45       A Generic Method For Retrieval Of Aerosol Over Land From Passive Optical Remote Sensing Data – Eric Vermote (NASA GSFC, USA) [Eric_Vermote.pdf ]

3:05        Development Of A Global Atmospheric Aerosol Model with 10km Grid Spacing – Daisuke Goto (NIES, Japan) [Goto.pdf ]


                Tea Break and Adjourn

7:00       Welcome Dinner

Day 3 (19th October, Wednesday)

9:20-2:20  Technical Session - V. Forests and LCLUC;  Chair: Thuy LeToan (CESBIO, France)

Keynote Presentation

9:20       The Key Problems Relating To Remote Sensing Applications For Sustainable Development Of The Mekong Delta Region – Le Van Trung (HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam) [Trung.pdf ]

Technical Presentations

9:45       Recent Advances in Observations of Land Cover and Land Use Change and Impacts from Multi-Sourced Data – Son Nghiem (NASA, JPL) and Christopher Small (Columbia University, USA) [Nghiem.pdf ]

10:05    Climate Change Affecting Land Use in the Mekong Delta – Adaptation of Rice Based Cropping Systems – Nguyen Hieu Trung (Can Tho University, Vietnam)


               Tea Break

11:00     Land Cover/Land Use Change Dynamics and Impacts on Carbon and Nitrogen Emissions in South/Southeast Asia – Atul Jain (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA) [Atul.pdf ]

11:20      National Forest Assessment and Monitoring Using the Landsat Data Archive – Peter Potapov and Jeff Pickering (University of Maryland College Park, USA) [Jeff_Potapov.pdf ]


11:40     What Is Beyond the Land Cover Changes – Land Use Change Pattern Analysis in North Vietnam – Pham Van Cu (Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam)  [Pham_Cu.pdf]

12:00     Development of a Regional Land Cover Monitoring System in the Lower Mekong Region, a Joint Effort Between SERVIR-Mekong and Partners – Aekkapol Aekakkararungroj (Asian Disaster Preparedness Center, Thailand) [Aekkapol.pdf ]



1:40       Monitoring Land Cover Change in the Upper Part of Dong Nai Basin Using Remote Sensing and GIS – Vo Le Phu (HCMC University of Technology, Vietnam) [Vo Le Phu.pdf ]

2:05       Evaluation of Different Cloud Computing Resources For Large Scale Satellite Data Processing – Potentials and Limitations - Tuong-Thuy Vu (University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus) [Thuong.pdf ]

2:25-3:25 Technical Session - VI. Urban LCLUC;  Chair: Soe Myint (Arizona State University, USA)

2:25     An Examination of the impacts of Urbanization on the Environment: Experiences from current and former capitals of Myanmar – Soe Myint (Arizona State University, USA) [Soe_W_Myint.pdf ]

2:45     Urban Transformation And Environmental Changes Of Transitional Economies: Hanoi After Doimoi (1986- 2015) – Peilei Fan (Michigan State University, USA) [PeileiFan.pdf ]

3:05     Urbanization in South Vietnam and Emissions – Pham Bach Viet (HCMC Institute of Resource Geography, Vietnam) [Pham_Bach_.pdf ]

3:25 - 4:00

             Tea Break

4:00-5:30       Discussion Session VII: Regional Science Summary, Research and Capacity Building Priorities  Chair: Chris Justice; Rapporteur: Krishna Vadrevu

5:30     Vote of Thanks

5:45     Adjourn