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November 26-29, 2019

Nagoya, Japan Japan

Working Groups

Space Application Working Group

Participants Only


Dr. P.G. Diwakar
Director, Earth Observation & Disaster Management (EDPO),
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

Director for Satellite Applications,
Satellite Applications and Operations Center, JAXA


<Day 1> November 26, 2019

9:00-9:40 Opening Session for Day 1
9:00[10min] ・ Introductions & Welcome address (Co-Chair)
9:10[10min] ・ SAWG objectives and agenda adoption (Co-Chair)
9:20[20min] ・ Review of the last SAWG meeting (Dr. SOBUE Shinichi, JAXA, Japan)
9:40-10:20 Agriculture & Water Resource for Climate Change Adaptation (1/2)
9:40[20min] ・ Promote rice planted area estimation using space based technologies in Cambodia
(Ms. Meas Sotheavy, DPS, MAFF, Cambodia)
10:00[20min] ・ Application of Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation (GSMaP) in Asia-Pacific region
(Ms. YAMAJI Moeka, JAXA, Japan)
10:20-10:30 Group Photo
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:20 Agriculture & Water Resource for Climate Change Adaptation (2/2)
11:00[20min] ・ Remote sensing to support national program, Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement and SDGs
(Prof. Dr. Erna Sri Adiningsih, LAPAN, Indonesia)
11:20[20min] ・ Applications of Microwave Remote Sensing to Water Resources Management
(Prof. KOIKE Toshio, ICHARM, PWRI, Japan)
11:40[20min] ・ Modelling and estimation of biomass of natural forest ecosystems in Vietnam using satellite remote sensing data
(Dr. Luong Viet Nguyen, VAST, Vietnam)
12:00[20min] ・ Discussion
12:20-13:00 Regional / International Activities for the Global Agenda (1/2)
12:20[20min] ・ JICA's satellite application in Agricultural/Rural Development Sector
(Mr. CHIYOJIMA Ryohei, JICA, Japan)
12:40[20min] ・ Promoting regional cooperation in geospatial information applications for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific
(Mr. Keran Wang, UNESCAP)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:40 Regional / International Activities for the Global Agenda (2/2)
14:00[20min] ・ 2019 CEOS Chair Initiative - Rice crop monitoring
(Dr. Lam Dao Nguyen, VNSC, Vietnam)
14:20[20min] ・ Earth Observation and GIS for Infrastructure Development Project
14:40[20min] ・ Regional Cooperation using Space Technology for the SDGs – an example from the Lower Mekong Region
(Dr. Peeranan Towashiraporn, ADPC, Thailand)
15:00[20min] ・ Asia Oceania Group On Earth Observations
(Dr. David Hudson, Geoscience Australia, Australia)
15:20[20min] ・ International Partnership Programme: the story so far and beyond
(Ms. Elizabeth Cox, UK Space Agency, United Kingdom)
15:40-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:50 SAFE Evolution for Next Decade Activity
16:00[10min] ・ Report on SAFE Evolution and Discussion
(Dr. SOBUE Shinichi, JAXA, Japan)
16:10[20min] ・ Agromet
(Dr. SAGAWA Tatsuyuki, JAXA, Japan)
16:30[20min] ・ Rice Crop
(Dr. OYOSHI Kei, JAXA, Japan)
16:50[20min] ・ CEOS 2020
(Dr. P. G. Diwakar, ISRO, India)
17:10[10min] ・ Best Practices Case Study Report
(Mr. Matthew Steventon, Symbios Communications, Australia)
17:20[30min] ・ Discussion
17:50-18:00 Wrap-up of Day 1
(Dr. SOBUE Shinichi, JAXA, Japan)
18:00 Adjourn

<Day 2> November 27, 2019

9:00-9:05 Opening Session for Day 2
9:00[5min] ・ Review of Day 1
(Dr. SOBUE Shinichi, JAXA, Japan)
9:05-10:30 Data, Application & Knowledge Sharing for Multi-lateral Collaboration (1/2)
9:05[20min] ・ Space based platform Tellus
(Mr. MATSUURA Naoto, SAKURA Internet Inc., Japan)
9:25[20min] ・ AI-based analysis framework for global SAR polarimetry
(Dr. NAKAMURA Ryosuke, AIST, Japan)
9:45[20min] ・ SDGs@DLR - Contributions from DLRs research and technology activities for a sustainable future
(Mr. Sebastian Kleim, DLR, Germany)
10:05[20min] ・ NASA Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC)
(Prof. Chris Justice, University of Maryland, USA)
10:25[5min] ・ Discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-13:00 Data, Application & Knowledge Sharing for Multi-lateral Collaboration (2/2)
11:00[20min] ・ ASEAN Cooperation on Space Technology and Applications
(Mr. Dimas Adekhrisna, ASEAN)
11:20[20min] ・ Malaysian Space Applications Best Practices
(Prof. Abdul Rashid Bin Mohamed Shariff, UPM, Malaysia)
11:40[20min] ・ Thai flood alert system with GSMaP
(Dr. Surajate B.Aroonnet, HII, Thailand)
12:00[20min] ・ Utilization of Himawari-8 and the other GEO in CEReS, Chiba University, Japan
(Dr. HIGUCHI Atsushi, Chiba University, Japan)
12:20[20min] ・ GISTDA: Role on Space Applications
(Dr. Damrongrit Niammuad, GISTDA, Thailand)
12:40[20min] ・ SAR Satellite Constellation & Geo-solution with Satellite Data as Smart Monitoring Tools in Developing Asia Region
(Mr. Bujed Pamungkas, Synspective)
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Sentinel Asia for Disaster Management (1/2)
14:00[20min] ・ Sentinel Asia Operation
(Dr. IKEDA Makoto, ADRC, Japan)
14:20[20min] ・ An international effort to construct a Disaster Risk and Reduction infrastructure
(Dr. Shiann-Jeng Yu, NSPO)
14:40[20min] ・ Sentinel Asia - Summary Project Activities for the year 2019
(Dr. Kavinda Gunasekara, AIT, Thailand)
15:00[20min] ・ Collaborative Platform for Sentinel Asia : Practical Implementation towards Sentinel Asia Step-3
(Mr. Wasanchai Vongsantivanich, GISTDA, Thailand)
15:20[10min] ・ Discussion
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-16:45 Sentinel Asia for Disaster Management (2/2)
16:00[20min] ・ Development for the University Network for Emergency Disaster Operation in Sentinel Asia
(Prof. NAGAI Masahiko, Yamaguchi University, Japan)
16:20[20min] ・ Disaster Damage Assessment and Recovery Monitoring using Night-time Light
(Dr. MIYAZAKI Hiroyuki, University of Tokyo, Japan)
16:40[5min] ・ Discussion
16:45-17:15 SAFE Evolution and Discussion
16:45[30min] ・ Discussion
17:15-17:25 Wrap-up of Day 2
(Dr. SOBUE Shinichi, JAXA, Japan)
17:25-17:30 Closing address (Co-Chair)
17:30 Adjourn

Concept Note (PDF VERSION

1. Scope and Objectives of SAWG Activities

The Space Applications Working Group (SAWG) was established following the 20th anniversary of the APRSAF, and its first meeting was held at APRSAF-21 in Tokyo in December 2014. At APRSAF-26 in Japan, we would like to discuss the following topics:

  • Information sharing regarding best practices related to disaster management and climate change monitoring, and contributing to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Report on completed Space Applications For Environment (SAFE) Evolution, status of SAFE projects, and preliminary discussion for potential new SAFE projects.
  • Report on the recent progresses of Sentinel Asia Step 3.
  • Regional satellite data sharing using data platforms for enhancing multilateral collaboration among space applications.

The SAWG promotes two initiatives-Sentinel Asia for disaster management, and SAFE for environmental monitoring-with the aim of realizing concrete activities for the above topics. Details are as follows.

1) Sentinel Asia Sentinel Asia is an international cooperation platform in which space agencies, disaster management agencies, and international agencies collaborate on a voluntary basis to combat natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific region by applying remote sensing and Web-GIS technologies. As of May 31, 2019, the number of Sentinel Asia member organizations amounted to 110. Since its launch in 2006, Sentinel Asia has evolved step by step. Based on the successful completion of previous steps, in 2013 APRSAF-19 endorsed and recommended that Sentinel Asia proceed to Step 3, which aims at covering the entire disaster management cycle. Moreover, APRSAF-21 in Tokyo, recommended that Sentinel Asia establish a Steering Committee to address strategic maters. Under the leadership of the Steering Committee, Sentinel Asia established its ten-year Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan was approved at the Joint Project Team Meeting of Sentinel Asia, held in Awaji, Japan, in 2018, and then endorsed at APRSAF-25 in Singapore. The status of the Strategic Plan is a living document, and members of Sentinel Asia are expected to address its actions jointly by reviewing and revising them, where necessary. The SAWG this year will witness the most recent progress made in Sentinel Asia activities.

2) SAFE (Space Applications for Environment)
SAFE is a voluntary initiative for environmental monitoring that was endorsed at APRSAF-15. Environmental monitoring is an important activity in addressing climate change, which has a strong influence not only on agriculture and water resources, but also on natural disasters. SAFE has been contributing to the development of space applications for agriculture and water resources for the past 10 years.
Since APRSAF-24 in 2017, a SAFE Evolution discussion has been conducted to enhance multilateral collaboration from bilateral collaboration. The conclusion of SAFE Evolution will be reported to show the new SAFE framework for space applications. Best practices and knowledge in the workshop will be reported in the SAWG to encourage the promotion of space applications in the Asia-Pacific region.

3) Thematic sessions
In order to contribute to the SDGs, the Paris Agreement, and the Sendai Framework in the Asia-Pacific region, the compiling and publishing of best practices of space applications with respect to climate change in Asia are key activities. In particular, the application fields of disaster, agriculture and water resources, which are strongly influenced by climate change, constitute the prioritized social benefit areas of the SAWG. Therefore, at the thematic sessions of SAWG, achievements in these fields of application in different regions and countries will be reported as well as knowledge sharing, capacity building and data-sharing activities using new IT technologies such as data platforms. However, there is no intention to limit the discussions to these areas, and presentations proposing new activities for the SAWG, especially those highly important to participating countries, are also welcomed.

2. Results of SAWG Activities at APRSAF-26

Joint Statement of APRSAF-25 related to SAWG is as follows:

  • We recognize the importance to further enhance APRSAF initiatives such as Sentinel Asia and SAFE and to further strengthen the cooperation with user organizations, development aid agencies, and international organizations for solving societal issues such as natural disaster, climate change, food security, water resource management and urban issues, which are listed in the Sendai Framework, Paris Agreement as well as SDG’s of the United Nations.
  • We welcome the advancement of SAFE activities into a new framework based on the cooperative relationships between and among participating space agencies, as well as, regional and international organizations such as the ASEAN. We expect to promote the new SAFE projects such as crop forecast and harvest by using space technology.
  • We acknowledge that Sentinel Asia has established a long-term strategic plan and is being jointly implemented by participating members. This will effectively support the disaster management activities of the participating members and lead to making Sentinel Asia a societal infrastructure.

APRSAF-25 Plenary suggestions related to SAWG are as follows:

  • To discuss how satellite data could be shared to achieve regional goal.
  • To have a focused discussion on disaster risk reduction (disaster forecast models), climate studies and, space science.

3. Draft Agenda

1) Opening session
2) Review of the last SAWG meeting
3) Host country special session
4) Reports on initiatives and activities
- Sentinel Asia Initiative
- SAFE Initiative
5) Thematic sessions
- Best practices of environmental monitoring using space applications
- Regional satellite data sharing using data platforms
- Regional / international activities for the SDGs, the Paris Agreement, the Sendai Framework (Disaster, agriculture and water resource management)
6) Overall discussions and determining the way forward - sharing successful achievements
7) Conclusions and recommendations of the SAWG

Contact for Further Information

Dr. SOBUE Shin-ichi
E-mail: sobue.shinichijaxa.jp TEL: +81-50-3362-5782

Presentation Guideline for those who wish to make a presentation at Working Groups:

1. Participants who wish to give a presentation are requested to send abstracts (approximately 400 words in length) to the APRSAF Secretariat when registering. The presentation will be selected based on your submitted abstract. The result will be informed by the end of October.
2. If selected, presenters have to submit their presentation material by November 11 in a way specified by the WG secretariat. Presentation has to be aligned with the APRSAF concept and the purpose of the presentation is not the advertisement of your company’s products.
3. Please certify that your presentation represents original work and that no portion of the material is covered by a prior copyright: or that for any portion copyrighted, you have obtained permission for its use and such permissions are in writing.