The workshop focussed on the applications of earth observation satellites for earth resource monitoring and Information Technology
The CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services (WGISS) joint subgroups meeting & the 1st Earth Observation Satellites Workshop was held at Thailand from 11-15 September 2000. More than 170 scientists, researchers, engineers and policy makers from all over the world gathered at the 1st international workshop on Earth Observation Satellite Application for Earth Resource Monitoring at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on September 11 and 12. The workshop is a part of CEOS (Committee on Earth Observation Satellites) / WGISS (Working Group on Information Systems and Services) meeting jointly hosted by the National Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) and the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT). The workshop targeted applications of earth observation satellites for earth resource monitoring as well as Information Technology (IT) such as High Performance Research and Education Networks (HPRENs) including Asian Pacific Advanced Network (APAN), WWW systems for exchanging or providing satellite data all over the world. One of the main topics of the workshop was the Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC) project which is concerned with monitoring of global forests (URL: https://www.gofc.org).
The development of operational monitoring for forest using satellite data and the associated information management needs were discussed. A numbers of new data and information systems for GOFC project were demonstrated at the workshop. These demonstrations successfully illustrated how HPRENs can be used to connect Thailand, Japan, United States, Europe and other countries for scientific study and practical management of forests on both the global and regional scales. The panel session also provided an opportunity to discuss requirements for promoting Earth observation satellite data usage with information technology in Southeast Asia.
Through this workshop, the participants found that satellite observations were being utilised effectively in the Southeast Asian region and satellite applications have been growing – however the community could benefit from:
Following the Earth Observation Satellites Workshop, the CEOS/WGISS subgroups meeting were held in Chulalongkorn University on September 13-15 and these subgroups meeting was co-hosted by NASDA and NRCT. WGISS is a forum for space agencies and related organisations to discuss Earth observation satellite data accessibility, interoperability and interconnectivity by using data and information systems.
CEOS operates home pages for CEOS plenary, WGISS and subgroups to introduce CEOS activities through the following URLs. The above meetings materials will be uploaded to CEOS homepage. www.ceos.org. CEOS WGISS home page www.wgiss.ceos.org
For further information, please contact: Shinichi Sobue, CEOS WGISS Network Subgroup Chair, National Space Development Agency of Japan [email protected]
As a result of three fruitful days of discussion by CEOS members, associates and local delegations, the following important points and recommendations were agreed to take forward to the WGISS plenary. WGISS is expected to recommend CEOS member agencies to take appropriate actions in concerted, but best effort approaches.