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2023 AOGEO REGIONAL SEMINAR AND TRAINING
Kathmandu, Nepal (hybrid)
25 September 2023 to
29 September 2023
LV Tingting & Rajesh Bahadur Thapa
We are delighted to announce the upcoming 2023 AOGEO seminar and training workshop, organised by ICIMOD and the Aerospace Information Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences (AIRCAS), with the support of the ASIA-OCEANIA Group on Earth Observation (AOGEO), AOGEO Regional Capacity Development Center (RCCD), and Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO).
This seminar and training workshop is a continuation of the AOGEO RCCD activities, aiming to foster networking and capacity building on the use of Earth Observation (EO) data in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The event will cover a broad range of topics related to glacial and water resources, ecosystem, air quality, crop and disaster.
The seminar aims to provide a platform for experts and researchers to share their research findings, innovative approaches, and best practices in utilising EO techniques. Additionally, the training workshop is designed to equip young scientists from the HKH region with specific skills and knowledge to enhance eco-environmental and agricultural sustainability using EO techniques.
The seminar will accommodate 50 participants with academic backgrounds in geography, science, environmental science, and geographic information technology, while the training workshop will accept 30 young participants.
AOGEO, as a Regional Group on Earth Observations, has a primary objective of establishing an efficient cooperation framework at the regional level and enhancing Earth Observation capacity in Asia-Oceania countries. Since 2018, AOGEO has organised several capacity building training workshops in Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and China.
Building on these successes, a new initiative under the framework of AOGEO – the Regional Capacity Development Center (RCCD) – was launched in July 2021. RCCD is a collaboration between the National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC), ICIMOD and AIRCAS, which demonstrates AOGEO’s commitment to capacity building, knowledge-sharing, and promoting solutions for pressing environmental challenges using EO technique within the Asia-Oceania region.
Remarks (5 mins) – Pema Gyamtsho, Director General, ICIMOD
Remarks (5 mins) – Jing Zhao, Director General , NRSCC
Remarks (5 mins) – Yirong Wu, Director General , AIRCAS
Remarks (5 mins) – Wenbo CHU, Sr. Program Officer, GEO-
Remarks (5 mins) – Xingfa Gu, Professor, AIRCAS
MoU signing ceremony (10 mins) – DGs of ITPCAS and ICIMOD
Group photo – ICIMOD
Session Chair: Xiang Zhou, Professor, IEECAS
Keynote speech – Xin Li, Professor, CAS
Topic: Earth observation in the age of AI and big data analysis
Keynote speech – Arun Bhakta Shrestha, Strategic Group Lead, Reducing Climate and Environmental Risks, ICIMOD
Topic: Impacts of climate change on water resources and disasters in the HKH region: challenges and solutions
Theme: Advancements, challenges, and limitations in harnessing EO data for monitoring glacial & water resources (Q&A: 5 mins)
Session chairs: Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Action Area Coordinator, Managing Cryosphere and Water Risks, ICIMOD and Shanlong Lu, Professor, AIRCAS
Lecturer: Miriam Jackson, Senior Cryosphere Specialist, ICIMOD
Lecturer: Min Feng, Professor, ITP, CAS
Lecturer: Shanlong Lu, Professor, AIRCAS
Lecturer: Jinghui Fan, Professor, China Aero Geophysical Survey and Remote Sensing Center
Lecturer: Reshma Shrestha, Associate Professor, Geomatic Engineering, Kathmandu University
Theme: advancements, challenges, and limitations in harnessing EO data for monitoring disaster & ecological environment
Session chairs: Babar Khan, Action Area Coordinator, Building Institutions for Regional Cooperation and Collaboration, ICIMOD and Jianjun Wu, Professor, Beijing Normal University (BNU)
Lecturer: Suju Li, Professor, National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC)
Lecturer: Pem Kandel, Chief Policy Advisor, ICIMOD
Lecturer: Poonam Tripathi, Geospatial Training Analyst, ICIMOD
Lecturer: Jianjun Wu, Professor, BNU
Lecturer: Bhupesh Adhikary, Senior Air Quality Specialist, ICIMOD
Lecturer: Xiangbing Yan, Professor, Wuhan University
Lecturer: Jia Song, Associate Professor, IGSNRR
Lecturer: Kiran Shakya, Geospatial Application Development Specialist, ICIMOD
Hand-on session: Kiran Shakya, ICIMOD
Lecturer: Tingting LV, Associate Professor, CAS
Hand-on session: Yuxuan Huang, Researcher, CAS
Lecturer: Kabir Uddin, GIS/RS Specialist, ICIMOD
Hand-on session: Sajana Maharjan, Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Analyst, ICIMOD
Theme: Air quality
Lecturer: Xingfeng Chen, Associate Professor, AIRCAS
Hand-on session: Xingfeng Chen, Researcher, AIRCAS
Lecturer: Arshini Saikia, Air Quality Modelling Analyst, ICIMOD
Hand-on session: Arshini Saikia, ICIMOD
Theme: Crop monitoring
Lecturer: Qiangzi Li, Professor, AIRCAS
Hand-on session: Yunqi Shen, Researcher, AIRCAS
Lecturer: Xin Du, Associate Professor, AIRCAS
Hand-on session: Yong Dong, Researcher, AIRCAS
Theme: Glacier and water resource
Lecturer: Finu Shrestha, Remote Sensing and Geo information Analyst , ICIMOD
Hand-on session: Finu Shrestha, ICIMOD
Lecturer: Xidong Chen, Researcher, University of Hong Kong
Hand-on session: Xidong Chen, University of Hong Kong
Field expedition (135 mins) – Yona Khaling Rai, Associate, Living Mountain Lab, and Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, Senior Remote Sensing and Geoinformation Specialist, ICIMOD
Field visit to ICIMOD’s Living Mountain Lab, Godavari, Lalitpur
Post-training assessment (15 mins) – Poonam Tripathi, Geospatial Training Analyst, ICIMOD
Reflections on the training participants and way forward (15 mins) – Poonam Tripathi, ICIMOD
Certificate distribution (10 mins) – Rajesh Bahadur Thapa, ICIMOD
Closing remarks (15 mins)– AIRCAS, NRSCC, ICIMOD
National Remote Sensing Center of China (NRSCC) is a quasi-governmental entity under the direct leadership of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China. By focusing on enhancing independent innovation in aerospace field and featuring international cooperation, NRSCC gathers national scientific and technological strength and makes every effort to promote innovation in aerospace field.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) is a regional knowledge development and learning centre serving the eight Regional Member Countries of the Hindu Kush Himalaya – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. An intergovernmental knowledge and development organisation with a focus on climate and environmental risks, green economies, and sustainable collective action, ICIMOD have worked in its eight regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan – since its foundation in 1983.
Since the early 1990s, ICIMOD has been working on strengthening the capacity of national institutions in the region on EO and geospatial technologies. ICIMOD is a GEO Participating Organisation and has been actively engaged in AOGEO as the lead of Himalayan GEOSS. It is a collaborating organisation of AOGEO RCCD.
The Aerospace Information Research Institute (AIR) under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was established in July 2017, following the approval for consolidation of three CAS institutes: the Institute of Electronics (IECAS), the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), and the Academy of Opto-Electronics (AOE). The merger is the outcome of CAS efforts towards reformation of its research and development system to meet future R&D challenges and to better meet the national demands.
Asia-Oceania GEO (AOGEO) is a regional cooperation focusing on using Earth Observation to support realizing the sustainable development goals. AOGEO was launched at the 13th GEO plenary as AOGEOSS (Asia-Oceania Global Earth Observation System of Systems) in 2016 with 11 country members and 12 participating organisations.