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5th ABCC Program Workshop Convenes in Brazil
 Date: 2012-12-11  Page Views:

The 5th workshop on Comparative Studies of Global Environmental Change Using Remote Sensing Technology (ABCC Program) convened in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, from November 19-20, 2012. More than 30 experts and scholars in different research areas from Australia, Brazil, Canada, and China attended the meeting.

GUO Huadong, Co-chair of the ABCC Program gave a keynote speech. He summarized the achievements since the ABCC Program began and elaborated on how to absorb more cooperative countries and promote substantive cooperation under the framework of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). He also outlined prospects for a working plan and development in the future. Prof. Alex Held introduced research directions and cooperation in Australia. Prof. Thelma Krug showed Brazil’s research in the fields of remote sensing and Earth observation. Douglas Bancroft, Director General of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS), Natural Resources Canada, explained CCRS’ scientific progress, satellite plan, strategies, and the challenges Canada is facing in the coming years. GEO Secretariat Director Barbara Ryan gave a report on regional complementation development in the four countries of ABCC from the global perspective.

The workshop included 16 academic reports and discussions, during which ABCC’s scientific objective was discussed. Representatives of China XUE Yong, LI Xinwu, ZHANG Li, CHEN Fang, and LIU Guang reported respectively on “Aerosol Study”, “Forest structure parameter inversion and global comparative study using remote sensing techniques”, “Comparative study over grassland ecosystems of the ABCC countries”, “Natural Hazards and Global Environmental Change”, and “Glacier monitoring by remote sensing techniques in western China”. Kim Lowell from Australia gave a speech on “General Earth Observation Directions in Australia”. Laércio Namikawa gave three presentations on “LuccME and TerraME: open source tools for spatially explicit land use change modeling”, “Examples of TerraHidro - Hydrological Modeling Platform-use for watershed management”, and “Examples of TerraMA2 - Monitoring, Analysis, and Alert Platform-use for Forest Fire Monitoring” on behalf of the Brazil National Institute for Space Research (INPE). QIU Yubao from the GEO Secretariat introduced how to establish a sustainable, coordinated, and comprehensive platform for the ABCC program.

During the workshop, a meeting attended by the Co-chairs of the participating four countries was held to agree to absorb more countries who are interested in the ABCC Program, specifying the cooperation plans on snow cover and glacier and grassland ecosystems, forest structure parameter inversion, aerosol studies, and other fields concerning Earth observation.

GUO Huadong delivers a keynote speech

Group photo of the representatives of the 5th ABCC Program Workshop

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