ASIAN REMOTE SENSING TRAINING COURSE ON OCEAN COLOURDecember 11-15, 2000
By: Tasuku Tanaka, Ichio Asanuma (EORC, NASDA)
The National Space Development Agency (NASDA), International Ocean-Color Coordinating Group (IOCCG), Economical and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and Asian Institute for Technology (AIT) opened the symposium and training course on ocean color remote sensing for young scientists and engineers from Asia at the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand from Dec. 11 to 15, 2000. Our objectives were to introduce fundamentals and applications of ocean color remote sensing and to demonstrate the ocean color data over Asia from OCTS and SeaWiFS through networks.
We held a symposium titled Asian Ocean Color Remote Sensing on December 11 with presentations from ESCAP, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute (KORDI), the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), AIT and Japan. Following the symposium, we held training course for the ocean color remote sensing from December 12 to 15.
The symposium consisted of four sessions; "Asian seas and ocean color remote sensing," "Satellite ocean color missions and Asian marine environment: past and present," "Satellite ocean color missions and Asian marine environment: near future," and "Satellite Products of Asian Maine Environment," which are described below.
In this session, T. Tanaka (NASDA) summarized the ocean color remote sensing from OCTS to future sensors. S. Mitsumoto (ESCAP) talked about the marine environment in Asia and the expected contribution of ocean color remote sensing. S. Matsumura (National Research Institute of Fisheries Engineering) presented the status of remote sensing for fisheries applications.
H. Kawamura (Tohoku Univ.) presented the status of OCTS for Asian water. E. Ainsworth (NASA) introduced the activities of the SeaWiFS project team on Asian water and the current status of MODIS. S. YOO (KORDI) reported the activities on ocean color remote sensing in Korea. S. Nayak (ISRO) explained the status of IRS/P4 ocean color monitoring and its application in India.
D. Pan (SOA) introduced China’s ocean color missions for the near future. J. Ishizaka (Nagasaki Univ.) described the status and possibilities of GLI in Japan.
K. Iwa (AIT) reported AIT activities using NOAA AVHRR for Asian vegetation. H. Kawamura reported the status of the Asian I-LAC project in Japan.
We conducted a training course on ocean color remote sensing for young scientists and engineers from Asia, inviting 28 scientists and engineers from 14 nations as shown below. We had four sections for the training.
In this session, H. Kawamura introduced the concept and outline of satellite oceanography for all wavelengths and its application to the physical and biological oceanography. M. Kusanagi (NASDA) introduced the orbit and satellite configuration for Earth observation missions.
In this session, I. Asanuma presented the basics of atmospheric correction and in-water algorithms for ocean color remote sensing. S. Yoo presented the basics of in-situ measurement and data analysis for calibration and validation of ocean color remote sensing.
In this session, J. Ishizaka introduced ocean color remote sensing for ocean biology, studies on phytoplankton distribution in the Asian waters, and concepts of primary production by ocean color remote sensing. H. Kawamura presented topics related to physical and biological interactions detected from remote sensing.
In this session, S. Matsumura introduced satellite remote sensing for fisheries oceanography, the basics of fishing ground analysis using satellite data, and a total design for a fisheries information system. D. Pan introduced red tides along the China main land with their in-situ measurements.
Nayak introduced the IRS-P4 system and demonstrated images obtained by IRS-P4 for applications in India.
H. Kawamura introduced the OCI system and demonstrated images obtained by OCI.
Ainsworth introduced concepts of the SeaDAS system and demonstrated functions of SeaDAS with sample images for ocean color applications.
A. Mukaida introduced the basics of the NOOS system for biological oceanography and demonstrated the NOOS function with OCTS data around Asian coastal waters. Trainees practiced using the NOOS system on personal computers int the AIT computer room.
S. Matsumura and A. Mukaida introduced a fisheries information system connected through the internet to homepages in Japan. Trainees practiced using the fisheries information system on the homepages.
S. Matsumura and A. Mukaida introduced practical applications of fisheries on remote sensing data. Trainees practiced plotting amounts of fish catches using ocean color images on personal computers.
Trainees for Asian ocean color remote sensing training course