I’m very happy to conduct the seminar and training finally in Bangkok here. Now we can some Space technology such as Communication satellite, meteorological satellite, earth observation satellite. But it is not enough to use satellite data for disaster reduction now. Therefore ADRC proposed this project to ASEAN secretariat and we are implementing this project in cooperation with AIT. Today finally this seminar and training will be conducted in Bangkok. We expect that this project would become good reference for all of you in Thailand. I say that thank you very much for relevant people in GISTDA and another People.
Here summarizes the outline of ADRC. ADRC established in 1998 after the Great Hanshin Earthquake. ADRC had 22 member countries at the time of the establishment. Now ADRC has 29 member countries ADRC takes membership system. Upon Thailand DDPM is ADRC member.
ADRC has 3 activities engaged. Information sharing, Human resource development and community capacity building. Information sharing includes organizing international meetings and seminars, disseminating integrated disaster information, promoting disaster DB development and Sentinel Asia activity. Human resource development includes organizing training courses for national government staff of member countries and accepting Visiting Researcher. Community capacity building includes promoting TDRM( Total Disaster Risk Management), conducting community based hazard mapping, development tsunami awareness and collecting good practices. Please contact ADRC web site for understanding detail of ADRC activity.
Sentinel-Asia is a “voluntary and best-efforts-basis initiative” led by the APRSAF to share disaster information in the Asia-Pacific region on the Digital Asia (Web-GIS) platform and to make the best use of Earth observation satellite data for disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region. The Sentinel Asia Project, carried out since 2006, is the first step in the Disaster Management Support System in the Asia-Pacific region. It utilizes Earth observation satellite data with the aim of: - Constructing a 'life-first society' through ICT & Space technology - Improving the quickness and accuracy of disaster preparedness and early warnings - Minimizing the number of victims and social economic losses due to disasters The Joint Project Team (JPT) was organized to support the SA project and consists of 58 organizations from 28 countries and regions and 9 international organizations. JAXA is acting as the Secretariat of the JPT. Sentinel Asia is promoted through cooperation amongst APRSAF, international agencies like UNESCAP, UNOOSA, ASEAN, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), etc., disaster reduction agencies like the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), its member countries, as well as through the Digital Asia agencies, Keio University, and others as well.
This chart shows the concept of Sentinel Asia STEP 2. On the left is the observation system by space agencies. On the right are disaster management organizations. Sentinel Asia is a kind of new collaboration between space agencies and disaster management organizations. The point of STEP 2 is to create value-added information from satellite imagery, transmit this information to users even in narrowband areas using communication satellites, such as KIZUNA, in addition to the online information sharing in STEP 1, and to expand the number of users in cooperation with UNESCAP. Finally, these activities are supported by a human network, which is one of the most important and precious factors in Sentinel Asia.
The Joint Project Team (JPT) has been organized to support the SA project, and consists of 58 organizations from 28 countries and regions and 9 international organizations. Sentinel Asia provides an opportunity for JPT members to exchange opinions. This JPTM has been held five times since 2007. This picture shows the second Step 2 JPTM held in Manila, Philippines, in July 2010
Currently five Earth observation satellites are participating in Sentinel Asia: ALOS from JAXA, Japan; Resource sat from ISRO, India; THEOS from GISTAD, Thailand; KOMPSAT-1 from KARI, Korea; and FORMOSAT from NARL. Taiwan. These satellites provide imagery when disasters strike.
This is the flow of the EO. ADRC acts the focal point of the EO. When disaster occur . JPT member or ADRC member request the EO to ADRC through Sentinel Asia web site. ADRC judges to forward the EOR to Space agency participates Sentinel Asia, according to the latest disaster information. If it is yes, ADRC forwards the EOR to Space agency. Space agency implements the EO immediately and provides the image to the requester through Sentinel Asia web site or directly. Additionally the data analyzer such as AIT process those image data and provide to requester through Sentinel Asia web site or directly. Basically public people can download the image data or processed image data from Sentinel ASIA web site.
To solve the narrowband Internet problem, Sentinel Asia Step 2 applies the communication satellite KIZUNA for data distribution. Sentinel Asia Step 2 utilizes KIZUNA’s high-speed communication and transfers the information of the central server in Japan to the regional servers set up in each region. The maximum speed of KIZUNA’s high-speed communication is 155Mbps, making data transmission very fast.
To solve the narrowband Internet problem, Sentinel Asia applies the communication satellite WINDS (KIZUNA) to data distribution. Sentinel Asia utilizes KIZUNA’s high-speed communication and transfers the information of the central server in Japan to the regional servers set up in each region. Sentinel Asia installed the Winds Terminals in Bangkok (GISTDA) and Manila (ASTI) in 2009, and started data distribution to each server. In 2010, Sentinel Asia is installing Winds Terminals in seven more countries: Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Fiji, and will distribute data to the servers there. It is better to contact Bangkok server for Lao people.
Up to now, we implemented module 1 and 2 completely. And in Lao PDR, module 3 and 4 have finished.
The progress of this project is open to public by the web site. Please contact from here.