South/Southeast Asian countries are growing rapidly in population, industrialization, and urbanization. As a result, increasing land use/cover changes (LUCC) are evident in most countries. The most common LUCC changes include deforestation, logging, reforestation, agricultural expansion, urbanization, etc. Specific to South Asia, forest cover has increased in countries like India, Nepal, and Bhutan due to sustainable afforestation measures. In contrast, large-scale deforestation in Southeast Asian countries is continuing, for example, due to oil palm plantation expansion in Indonesia. Small-scale deforestation in most Southeast Asian countries is due to slash-and-burn agriculture by indigenous people, driven by poverty and population growth. Logging activities are common in Myanmar and Cambodia. Rapid urbanization is driving agricultural land loss. Agricultural intensification has been increasing due to less availability of land for growing food crops, for example, in India, Vietnam, and Thailand. The drivers of LU/CC vary widely in the region. They include land tenure, local economic development, government policies, inappropriate land management, land speculation, improved road networks, etc. LUCC can significantly affect food security through agricultural land loss. Also, the weather and climate systems in the region are driven primarily by monsoon variability, and extreme weather events resulting in droughts or flooding can impact agricultural production. In the region, monitoring the agricultural crop production on time is essential to predict and prepare for disruptions in the food supply. Despite the progress in remote sensing and geospatial technologies, little emphasis has been placed on national and regional operational systems useful for mapping and monitoring LULC, specifically forest and agriculture-related changes and impacts. Transitioning appropriate methods developed in the research domain into operational systems is a challenge for all countries but can provide improvements in timely and valuable information for forestry, agricultural management, and policy-making.
This workshop aims to review the availability, potential, and limitations of remote sensing data sources and methodologies useful for forestry and agricultural applications in South/Southeast Asia. The workshop presentations will focus on synergies among various approaches and provide recommendations on improving the role of earth observations, ground data, and modeling techniques to map and monitor forestry and agricultural changes in space and time. The workshop will bring together experts from both developed and developing countries to identify data gaps and needs related to operational mapping/monitoring of cropped areas in the South/Southeast Asia region. The following topics will be the focus of the science workshop:
- Land Cover/Land Use Changes and Impacts on the Environment
- LCLUC and Forestry (mapping, monitoring, and impacts)
- LCLUC and Agriculture (crop type mapping, monitoring crop yields, modeling, and impacts)
- Computational tools and Decision Support Systems for Forestry and Agriculture
The workshop will provide a forum to interact with South/Southeast Asia researchers involved in the SARI (South/Southeast Asia Research Initiative) and other international programs, including NASA LCLUC, SARI, GOFC-GOLD, GEOGLAM, GLP, NASA HARVEST, etc. Important needs and priorities for developing remote sensing-based approaches for mapping, monitoring, and LCLUC impacts in South/Southeast Asian countries will be identified involving forestry and agricultural experts from academic, government, and non-government organizations.
3-day Scientific Workshop
-August 8,9,10th, 2022
Scientific Field trip
-August 6,7th, 2022 (on own payment and invitation only)
Science Workshop Venue
The Cambodiana Hotel, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Mandatory Workshop Registration
All participants who intend to attend the meeting should register using the below link. Without registration, it will be difficult for us to provide logistic support (name badges, food, etc.). Only registered participants will be allowed to attend the meeting.
2-day Research Information Exchange and Training
-August 11th and 12th, 2022
After the workshop, 2-day focused event will focus on sharing research information, data, algorithms by the international remote sensing experts. The Royal University of Agriculture, Auditorium hall, Dongkor District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Mandatory Research Information Exchange and Training Registration
All participants who intend to attend should register using the below link. Without registration, it will be difficult for us to provide logistic support (seating, food, etc.). Only registered participants will be allowed to attend the meeting.
International Steering Committee
Dr. Krishna Prasad Vadrevu, Remote Sensing Scientist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, USA, Phone: 256-321-9492; and Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park, USA; Email: email@example.com
Dr. Chris Justice, Professor, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland College Park (UMCP), NASA LCLUC Project Scientist, the GEOGLAM Program, 4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 400, College Park, Maryland, 20740, USA, Phone: 301.405.4050; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Garik Gutman, NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change Program, Washington DC,USA
Dr. Toshimasa Ohara, Research director, Center for Environmental Science in Saitama (CESS), 914 Kamitanadare, Kazo, Saitama 347-0115, Japan.www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/b0508/cess-english/index.html
Dr. Tsuneo Matsunaga, Director, Satellite Observation Center, Head, Satellite Remote Sensing Section, Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa Tsukuba Ibaraki 305-8506 Japan; Email: email@example.com
Professor, Wataru Takeuchi, Remote sensing of environment and disasters, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan; Email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr.Son Nghiem, Remote Sensing Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA; E-mail: Son.V.Nghiem@jpl.nasa.gov
Dr.Jon Padgham, Executive Director, START International, USA (www.start.org)
Local Steering Committee
Assoc.Prof.Dr. Huon Thavrak, Vice Rector, Royal University of Agriculture, Dongkor District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Email:email@example.com
Mr. KIM Soben, Dean of Faculty of Forestry, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia. Dongkor District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Hor Sanara, Dean of Faculty Land Management and Land Administration, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia. Email:email@example.com
Mr. Thav Sopheak, Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Forestry, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia. Dongkor District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sakanann Vann, Researcher, Faculty of Forestry, Royal University of Agriculture, Cambodia. Dongkor District, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Email:email@example.com
Sok Serey, Royal University of Phenom Penh, Phenom Penh, Cambodia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Raffles Hotel Le Royal (5stars)
Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra
Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel
Le President Hotel