Kaori Ono
Analysis and Research Department
Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan

The second meeting of PIs under the ESCAP-JAXA RA Program was held at the
United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, from 12 to 14 May 1998.
The program's mid-term report was presented. Twenty three PIs including 4 CIs
from 14 countries attended and presented their reports at the sessions.

Before the sessions, ESCAP reviewed the project implementation, then JAXA
gave brief technical lectures on ADEOS data and a profile of the future
science programs of JAXA to the PIs.

Reports were made in categories of the field of study.
(1) Land use and land cover
    Dr. U Myint Swe [Myanmar]:
      "Monitoring the land use changes of Mon state between 1993 and 1997"
    Prof. Epifanio D. Lopez [the Philippines]:
      "Monitoring Mount Pinatubo lahar damage and land cover change in Central
       Luzon using ADEOS sensor"
    Dr. Nguyen Dinh Duong [Viet Nam]:
      "Semi-automatic land cover classification using ADEOS-AVNIR
       mutlispectral data"
(2) Coastal zone
    Dr. Chenghu Zhou [China]:
      "ADEOS data applications for regional sustainable development -
       Environment monitoring of the coastal zone of Bohai, China"
    Dr. Khiruddin abdullah [Malaysia]:
      "The use of ADEOS data in studying geophysical and biological aspects of
       coastal waters"
    Mr. Shafiq Ahmed [Pakistan]:
      "Coastal zone mapping using ADEOS-AVNIR data"
    Dr. Wilfredo Roehl Y. Licuanan [the Philippines]:
      "Assesment and monitoring of primary productivity and machrophyte cover
       in the Philippine coastal environment"
    Dr. Tran Duc Thanh [Viet Nam]:
      "Monitoring of tidal wetland distribution and its change in the coastal
       zone of North Viet Nam"
(3) Forest and vegetation
    Dr. Jindi Wang [China]:
      "Development of algorithms for dynamic monitoring of vegetation on
       rugged terrains using ADEOS AVNIR and POLDER products"
    Mr. Prem Raj Pradhan [Nepal]:
      "Himalayan deforestation and its impact on the atmospheric environment"
    Mr. Thongchai Charuppat [Thailand]:
      "Application of ADEOS data for study on forest distribution and its
       change in Khlung District"
(4) Marine environment
    Dr. A. M. Choudhury [Bangladesh]:
      "Study of the marine environment of the Bay of Bengal using ADEOS OCTS
    Ms. Sri Utaminingsih [Indonesia]:
      "Development of relational model between the SST and chlorophyll
       concentration as the high-level ADEOS-OCTS output data and the sea
       truth data of the same parameters in Indonesian waters"
    Ms. I-I Lin [Singapore]:
      "Calibration and validation of ADEOS OCTS and its application in the
       early detection of red tide in Southeast Asia"
    Prof. I. V. Muralikrishna [India]:
      "Integrated approach for computing land use emissions of greenhouse gases
       - An Indian case study of application of ADEOS data"
    Dr. Wookap Choi [Republic of Korea]:
      "Investigation of transport associated with the annual and
       quasi-biennial oscillations from the tropical stratospheric reservoir
       to extratropics"
    Dr. Lalith D. K. B. Gamage [Sri Lanka]:
      "The study of the impact of monsoon winds on coastal erosion using SAR
       images and ocean surface wind speed data"
(5) Other application
    Dr. Subaryono [Indonesia]:
      "A study on the potential use of the data imaged by AVNIR for
       topographic mapping"
    Prof. Bidur Prasad Upadhaya [Nepal]:
      "Glacier lake assessment of Nepal Himalaya using satellite remote
       sensing technology"

Prof. Murai of AIT remarked on the intricacy of some report topics and urged
On the last day of the meeting, the participants discussed difficulties on
study and plans for the final term of the program such as the final report.

At the end of the meeting, all participants agreed to reinforce efforts to
successfully complete the program.

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