The 1st Training Program for “Science Based Information Sharing Derived from Earth Observation Satellites for Agriculture Management in the ASEAN Region”
July 4-5, 2019 at Space Krenovation Park, GISTDA, Thailand

The project aims to support and improve the monitoring of long term meteoroidal information such as precipitation, temperature, soil moisture, vegetation index in ASEAN region through capacity building using earth observation satellites products developed by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), NASA, NOAA, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and others. This monitoring will support the agriculture management in ASEAN, especially on crop outlook / status monitoring and crop production estimation, leading to improve crop production statistical information and food security. The main activities of the project are; research on crop calendar, crop area estimation, crop production estimation, and comprehensive crop information generation and information sharing. To support the implementation of the prototype, and for the long-term sustainability, capacity building will be conducted. At present, NOAA, MODIS, GCOM-W, GPM and Himawari are widely used to detect long term meteorological information. In December 2017, Japan launched GCOM-C, adding new capabilities to global sensor system. However, since those instruments are carried on low Earth orbit satellites, there are some limitations relating to diurnal coverage and high temporal observations. These information have been made available on the JAXA Jasmin website (http://suzaku.eorc.jaxa.jp/GCOM_W/JASM/index.html).

The JASMIN system was successfully implemented in few countries in the region under ADB TA-6521 in 2015 with agreeable accuracies for user agencies. Currently, under the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Global Agriculture Monitoring (GEOGLAM) initiative, JASMIN products are used to provide monthly rice crop outlook in ASEAN in cooperation with ASEAN food security information system (AFSIS) project with the support of OAE, Thailand. However, for use of these products effectively for the benefit of ASEAN Member States (AMS), significant work need to be carried out in the areas of data gathering both in-situ and space data, capability building on the effective use of data & information, and importantly, customizing systems to suit the needs and requirements of monitoring agencies for crop outlook Information generation.

To address these issues, the project will focus on; 1) knowledge transfer, 2) user engagement, 3) data sharing and system integration of earth observation satellite products with key users of AMS. The main activities of the project include user training workshops and deployment of new satellite products in the operational environment of key AMS agencies.

Objectives:

  1. Understand backgrounds of the project and connection to GEOGLAM.
  2. Learn the basic knowledge of satellite-based remote sensing for agromet
  3. Learn the usage of JAXA’s web system for agromet information (JASMIN)
  4. Understand how to interpret satellite-based agromet information to rice growing outlook

Expected Participants:

  1. Officers who are working for agricultural statistics and rice growing outlook nominated by AEC.
  2. Engineers / researchers who are in charge of delivering satellite-based information for agriculture nominated by SCOSA.