Contributing to Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific Region- Sentinel Asia STEP-2

Sentinel Asia STEP-2
Promotion Video

Sentinel Asia
Asia being accounted for 90% of the victims around the world by natural disastersAsia being accounted for 90% of the victims around the world by natural disasters

Typhoons, cyclones, floods, earthquakes and tsunami 窶髏€ these are just some of the natural disasters that ravage the Asia-Pacific region. The region's population density, social and economic circumstances, geography and other factors result in disproportionate damage. In fact, the people of the Asia-Pacific region account for 90% of those around the world afflicted by natural disasters. Reinforcing effective disaster prevention schemes is a matter of major importance.

Sentinel Asia - Utilization of Space Technology in the disaster prevention fieldSentinel Asia - Utilization of Space Technology in the disaster prevention field

Space technology, including Earth observation satellites, is being utilized in the Asia-Pacific region to mitigate the damage caused by natural disasters. With 52 organizations from 20 countries and 8 international organizations as members, Sentinel Asia is symbolic of the international cooperation in this field.

Using the satellite observation to gain an early grasp of damage and disaster prevention activity Using the satellite observation to gain an early grasp of damage and disaster prevention activity

Sentinel Asia was proposed at an Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum, or APRSAF meeting, held in Japan in 2005. It is a disaster management initiative leveraging Earth observation satellites, capable of monitoring an extremely wide area, to gain an early grasp of damage. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, serves as the secretariat.

Utilization of the Japanese Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite Utilization of the Japanese Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite
“WINDS”

The Japanese Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite “WINDS” was launched in February 2008.
With a maximum speed of 1.2 gigabits per second, WINDS is capable of the world's fastest telecommunications. It enables regions and islands in the Asia-Pacific that lack a broadband infrastructure to receive satellite data distributed by Japan by simply setting up a ground receiving station.


Special Messages

Leaders and staff of participating organizations and United Nations give their views on the developments and prospects of Sentinel Asia STEP-2.

Reinforcement of the disaster reduction structure in the Asia-Pacific region

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan

Keiji Tachikawa, President

Keiji Tachikawa

What becomes even more important in the proactive use of satellite data for the purpose of mitigating disaster damages is collaboration between international space and disaster management agencies. A cooperative relationship going beyond national borders needs to be built from a humanitarian standpoint with the aim of reducing disaster damage.

Participation of various Earth observation satellites

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand

Thongchai Charuppat, Director General

Thongchai Charuppat

I think the data from THEOS can support Sentinel Asia, and if disasters such as a flood, landslide or forest fire, drought or tsunami, earthquake occur in another country,and if it is a serious disaster, so Thailand can support.


Greater utilization by bridging the digital divide

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand

Chanchai Peanvijarnpong, Deputy Director

Chanchai Peanvijarnpong

We are the data center, we are the data provider; we can distribute the data from satellite, Earth observation satellite, to other countries immediately with WINDS, because WINDS has really high-speed communication. To have the advantage for the high-speed communication for Asian countries is really important.

Spate of natural disasters in Asia

Dept of Environmental Information Study and Analysis
Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam

Nguyen Dinh Duon, Director

Nguyen Dinh Duon

I think PALSAR data is a very unique source for us to understand how flood occur, happen and also show water can better discharge from the inner land to the river. From such point of view, we can compute what amount decrease, and we can estimate the capacity of water discharge system also relating to the pumping station, and if it was enough or not and how and where to improve.

National Remote Sensing Center, Vietnam

Tran Tuan Ngoc, Director

Tran Tuan Ngoc

I think it is a very, very good idea and very good organization, so some developing country like Vietnam can receive the observation data freely so we can use the data to control and mitigation the disaster problem in our country.

Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)

Koji Suzuki, Executive Director

Koji Suzuki

International cooperation on disaster risk reduction is not a political issue. I think that the cooperation on disaster risk reduction is humanitarian assistance. In this context, those countries such as Japan, Korea, India and Thai, make the contribution to Sentinel Asia by providing their satellite imagery to Sentinel Asia is very symbolic cooperation initiative of humanitarian assistance.

Remote Sensing Center, Lao PDR

Virany Sengtianthr, Director

Virany Sengtianthr

After I analyze data, we submit to the line agency, the relevant institution to find information how much area affected by flood and also how many people affected by flood by using satellite image. In the near future, Sentinel Asia, I think that it is very useful for us.

Geoinformatics Center (GIC)
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Lal Samarakoon, Director

Lal Samarakoon

Number of countries that surround us, we know with our experience they are still not in a good position to do that analysis by themselves. Until they develop their capacities, we have to provide the new output, new products for them. Therefore, I think it will take some time for them to develop their capacities. Until that, we'll try to provide the good data as well as valuable products for them, for their disaster risk management activities.

Contributing to the prevention of global warming

International Arctic Research Center
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

Masami Fukuda, Professor

Masami Fukuda

Satellite is one of the advantage to covering a wide area and most earliest detection of fire. So, this is a very important technique to detect fire as soon as possible. So this is the idea of Sentinel Asia covering Asian regions窶杯he most earliest fire detection. The other areas like Africa and Latin America, there are also occurring huge fire in the regions. So, once Sentinel Asia develop the system, we may introduce the system to other regions like Africa and Latin America also.

Developing individuals to protect people from disasters

Water Resources and Environment Agency (WREA),
Lao PDR

Monemany Nhoybouakong

Monemany Nhoybouakong

It is a great honor for Lao PDR to finally have the opportunity to organize the 4th Sentinel Asia Operational Training.


Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
Bangkok Office, Thailand

Shinichi Mizumoto

Shinichi Mizumoto

We should employ all measures, including Earth observation from satellite shooting, in order to reduce... disaster reduction. And, we also have to cooperate in Sentinel Asia.


•Standup interview

National Remote Sensing Center (NRSC)
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India

G. Srinivasa Rao

G. Srinivasa Rao

Most of the countries are not fully equipped with space-based information. So, this framework, the Sentinel Asia framework, will definitely help these countries.

Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs (MOHCA), Bhutan

Lhachey Dema

Lhachey Dema

I've been working for disaster management in our country. I just thought that this training will be helpful for us to manage disaster in our country since it's satellite-based training, and I think it will be useful for us in our country.

Disaster Management Center (DMC), Sri Lanka

Srimal Samansiri

Srimal Samansiri

I'm from the Disaster Management Center, the only authority to coordinate all the disaster in Sri Lanka. This agency started after tsunami 2006, so we are a very young agency. I will convey all this program and the skills I have gained from here to my staff, my colleagues, an definitely I have to conduct that.

Building new collaboration

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan

Keiji Tachikawa, President

Keiji Tachikawa

I'm pleasured to hear that India, Korea and Thailand have been providing their earth observation satellite data to Sentinel Asia. Japan will also further enrich the observation network.


United Nations Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary

Noeleen Heyzer

At the end of the day, we have to use our technology in a wise way, and technology serves the well-being and progress of people. And therefore, I would say this new way of networking, not networking just within Earth but also outside of Earth, with Earth, with our communities, and therefore, I usually think of linkages and partnerships between the global, the regional as well as our local communities but now, there is another level, and this is outer space technologies.

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