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International Training on Earth Observation Products in LAPAN




On behalf of RDI, Alpian Pratama joined a training hosted by LAPAN (Indonesian National Space Agency) with a cooperation from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and European Space Agency (ESA) on June 17-21, 2019. The training highlighted the utilisation of earth observation (EO) products to support two rivers basin management in Java, Indonesia and related to rehabilitation and reconstruction of Palu, Central Sulawesi after earthquake and tsunami on September 2018. The adoption of various EO-based products, services, and platforms that managed by ESA were promoted during the training. It’s including Geo4IRBM (Geo-informational Support for Integrated River Basins Management), Copernicus Sentinel platforms, ESA Geohazard Exploitation Platform (GEP), EO for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction (EO4SD DRR), Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and Multi-Temporal DInSAR using Rheticus® platform.



Picture 2. An Opening Ceremony by the Committees

The training participants were from various ministerial government level and local institutions. Around 60 participants from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), Ministry of Public Works (PU), Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning (ATR-BPN), Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT), Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), local government of Central Sulawesi, Institute Technology of Bandung (ITB), Asian Development Bank (ADB) were actively joined during this five-days training.

The first part of the training was about Geo-informational Support for Integrated River Basins Management (Geo4IRBM) projects. These projects were comprehended and relevant with the management of two watersheds in Java: Cimanuk-Cisangarung and Jratunseluna. The aim of the Geo4IRBM projects is providing products and services including land cover changes mapping, cropping intensity mapping, surface water monitoring, surface deformations monitoring, potential erosion and sediment, coastline changes mapping, long-term surface water coverage mapping and ecosystem and biodiversity mapping and monitoring to those two watersheds in Java. Participants learned about various software including SNAP Desktop for earth observation processing and analysis. SNAP stands for SeNtinel’s Application Platform, an open source platform by ESA. We also learned about eCognition® software to transform geospatial data from ESA’s Sentinel satellite into geo-information data.

The following session of the training was about earth observation to support sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (EO4SD DRR). Specifically, EO4SD DRR on this training was relevant with Central Sulawesi’s recovery and rehabilitation post-earthquake and tsunami on 2018 ago. Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Disaster Risk Reduction (EO4SD DRR) is an activity initiated by European Space Agency (ESA) in the framework of its collaboration with International Financing Institutions (IFI´s) to support greater use of satellite Earth Observation (EO) in applications related to the management of natural and man-made hazards and risks. Theory and application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), SAR Interferometry (InSAR) and Multi-Temporal DInSAR using Rheticus® platform were developed for ground motion monitoring and displacement time series measurements. The other materials covered the Copernicus Sentinel and ESA’s earth observation program called Geohazard Exploration Platform (GEP). GEP promotes the exploitation of satellite EO for geohazards. The platform is meant to allow users to easily exploit EO data resources by combining fast data access, processing facilities and flexibility for the user’s own data analysis. The platform provides Data Access services, Data Processing services and PaaS (Platform as a Service) capacities.


Picture 3. A group photo with the Trainers