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Special Session (I)

Marine/Coastal Environment and Fisheries Resource Sensing

Dr. Bambang Semedi

Indonesian Association of Oceanologists

University of Brawijaya, Indonesia

bambangsemedi@ub.ac.id

CoReCT RG (Coastal Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation in Tropical Region)

http://corect.fpik.ub.ac.id/

This session focused on the principles, techniques, and the applications of satellite and acoustic remote sensing & GIS, particularly the incorporation with marine fisheries resources management, marine sanctuaries and protected areas, marine fisheries and coastal data models, web GIS for marine and coastal data, benthic habitat mapping, and the integration of spatial analysis with policy, legal and/or economic issues, particularly in the coastal zone.

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Special Session (II)

Forensic Earth Observations for
Geographic Differentiation
and Provenance Authentication

Dr. Ming-Chee Wu

Environmental Isotope Application Research Center

National Cheng Kung University

mcwu@mail.ncku.edu.tw

Due to the increase of food adulteration, drug trafficking and counterfeiting of products, the origin and security verification have nowadays become an essential global concern in identifying the producers, manufacturers, as well the geographic distribution for products.

Countries with agricultural products as their primary exports and imports have all elaborated the scientific verification processes as the key procedures to prevent the fraud and adulteration of the nation’s own products, so as to protect the nation’s relative industry as well as the nation’s trade benefit.  Legislation for border control of food and drug security have also been enforced vigorously by countries to protect the people’s benefits of health keeping and also the national trade policies in exports and imports.

This session focuses on the principles, techniques, application of forensic studies and implementation of GIS, particularly the incorporation with geoscience observations to achieve the provenance authentication purposes.

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Special Session (III)

Observing Technology and Hazard Prevention on
Railway and Pavement Engineering

Dr. Chihping Kuo

Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Informatics

Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

picnic.kuo@must.edu.tw

Railway is a traditional and the most mass transportation method in human activity.  Rail transport means passengers and goods are transferring on wheeled vehicles running on rails.  It is also referred to as train transport.  Rail vehicle runs on a well-prepared flat surface and directionally guided by the rails on which they run.  Rails usually consist of steel rails, installed on sleepers and ballast or slab.  Railway can be considered as an infrastructure for a society.  The technology of constructing, maintaining, controlling and safe monitoring for railway and train system is an important key issue for ensure the safety of passengers and goods.  Observing technology including inspection and monitoring, hazard prediction and prevention on railway and pavement engineering, is means of an issue on societal impacts and therefore proposed herein.  This session may focusses on the following issues, but not limited:

1. Railway engineering

2. Pavement engineering

3. Geotechnical engineering

4. Geophysical method

5. Non-destructive testing method

6. Ground modification

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Special Session (IV)

Intelligent and Integrated Safety Monitoring System for
Hillside Residential Communities

Dir. Chofang Tsai1 and Dr. Chihping Kuo2

1Architecture and Building Research Institute

Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan

nancy@abri.gov.tw

2Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Informatics

Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

picnic.kuo@must.edu.tw

Hillside residential communities in Taiwan are threatened by landslide disasters caused by extreme rainfall events, thus the forecasting and warning system based on automation monitoring system on slopes is crucial for the communities.  To accumulate a huge amount of monitoring data to establish the Slope Management Forewarning Value, the durability and stability of monitoring devices is the key components.  A complete monitoring package for landslide disaster forecasting and warning system is developed and used in promoting the automation monitoring services for hillside residential communities.  Therefore, an intelligent and integrated safety monitoring system and technology are required to study and enhance for hillside residential communities.  This session may focusses on the following issues, but not limited:

1. Slope stability

2. Geotechnical engineering

3. Geophysical method

4. Non-destructive testing method 

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Special Session (V)

Applying Satellite Imagery for Health Application and Research on
Infectious Disease and Chronic Disease

Dr. Ta-Chien Chan1, Dr. Bo-Cheng Lin2

1GIS Center, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
tachien@gate.sinica.edu.tw

2Department of Real Estate and Built Environment
National Taipei University,
Taiwan
bclin@mail.ntpu.edu.tw

Taking advantage of satellite imagery technology with improved spatial resolution and multi-spectral satellite images for different products is more feasible and friendly for researchers and public health practice nowadays.  In the public health domain, past studies usually used the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), enhanced vegetation index (EVI), sea surface temperature (SST), precipitation data, temperature data, and aerosol optical depth of PM2.5 and so on.  Integrating these big spatial data and dynamic human health data is computation-intensive.  Researchers can track human exposure at a wider spatial scale and longitudinally to identify risk factors and also can incorporate them into risk prediction.  There are many successful applications of satellite imaging in health studies including chronic and infectious diseases.  In this session, we encourage the topics utilizing satellite data in health research or public health practices, and also novel statistical models and AI algorithms to compute the exposure, risk level or suitability for human beings.

We propose to have two sessions of this topic including one on infectious disease and the other one on chronic disease.  For each session, we expect to have five speakers, and each presenter will have 15 minutes to present and 5 minutes for Q & A.

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Special Session (VI)

Ocean Science and Marine Affairs

Dr. Yi Chang1, Dr. Kuo-Wei Lan2

1Institute of Ocean Technology and Marine Affairs

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

yichang@mail.ncku.edu.tw

2Department of Fisheries Science

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

kwlan@mail.ntou.edu.tw

The Specialty Ocean Science and Marine Affairs session will accept papers for submission addressing any aspects of Oceanography and Marine Policy/Governance with a particular emphasis on driving human activities towards better understanding of the ocean and its sustainability.  We will have 5 speakers in the session, each of them will deliver their speech in 15 minutes plus 3 minutes for discussion.

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Special Session (VII)

IT and Earth Observation for Environmental Sustainability

Dr. Lichun Chiang 1, Dr. Chung-Ru Ho 2

1Department of Political Science

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

lcchiang@mail.ncku.edu.tw

2Department of Marine Environmental Informatics

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan

b0211@mail.ntou.edu.tw

Environmental sustainability is a huge problem faced by all countries in the world.  With no exception, the natural risks are also enormous in Taiwan.  The situations such as safe living environment, earth pollution and costal garbage, must be concerned whenever natural environment protection for good environment.  Therefore, there are some studies about environmental resilience of people livings were performed in IT.  Furthermore, the cooperation between academic institution and industrial company is presently a big trend.  As a result, the topic of this presentation would be about safe and clean environment in auxiliary tools, cameras, spectrometers and security systems.  We would like to present the current study on how the camera tools, and security systems can help on people; before, during and after natural environmental sustainability.  Furthermore, there will be some introductions of current cooperation between academic institutions and industrial companies about the topics above in Taiwan for good living sustainability.  The result and progress of the cooperation would be a great model for further development of increasing living resilience for people.

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Special Session (VIII)

Measurement of Railway Quality

Proposer : Dr. Cheng-Hao Huang 1, Dr. Chih-Chiang Lin 2

Convenor : Dr. Chen-Ming Kuo3, Dr. Chihping, Kuo4

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering
Southern Taiwan University of Science and
Technology, Taiwan
chhuang@stust.edu.tw

2 Department of Civil Engineering

 National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
cclin@nkust.edu.tw

3Department of Civil Engineering

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

ckuo@mail.ncku.edu.tw

4Department of Civil Engineering and
Environmental Informatics

Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

picnic.kuo@must.edu.tw

Railway transportation is prevailing in the 21st century due to energy efficiency, environmental friendly, and mass capacity. Health measurement or monitoring of track and vehicle is vital to ensure reliability of railway systems. Demonstration items in this session include rail temperature, rail corrugation, track alignment, wheel-rail contact, vibration of track and bogie.

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Special Session (IX)

Open Access Satellite Imagery Processing and Applications

Dr. Cheng-Chien Liu1, Dr. Wei Luo2

1 Department of Earth Sciences

Global Earth Observation and Data Analysis Centre

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

ccliu88@mail.ncku.edu.tw

2Department of Geography

Northern Illinois University, USA

wluo@niu.edu

Satellites orbiting around the earth not only overcome the barrier of time and space but also provide a significant source of earth observing.  Nevertheless, the process of setting up, testing, launching, and operating satellites is a space science that capital remains highly concentrated and many technologies remain critical.  It generally costs much to get satellite imagery, which restrains scientific research and reduces the advantage of satellite remote sensing.

The concept of open data is highly promoted by most of the governments as well as the scientific community around the world.  Particularly the open access satellite imagery, such as Landsat imagery made available by the United States Geological Survey and Sentinel imagery made available by the European Space Agency, has already been and will be the key source of data to meet the challenges of Earth observation for next decade.

This session aims to introduce and exchange the available resources, the innovative techniques, and the successful examples in the realm of open access satellite imagery processing and applications.  The existing Open Access Satellite Imagery Service (OASIS) (http://oasis.ncku.edu.tw) will serve as a platform that allows users to implement their ideas and test their hypothesis.  Suggestions and comments on OASIS will also be collected to improve the service of OASIS and provide more useful value-added products.  A user group will be formed after this meeting to continuously support related works.

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Special Session (X)

Climate Impacts on Water Resources

Proposer : Dr. Jui-Pin Tsai1, Dr. Chih-Chao Ho2

Convener : Dr. Jui-Pin Tsai1, Dr. Hwa-Lung Yu3

1 Department of Earth Sciences

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

skysky2cie@mail.ncku.edu.tw

2 Construction and Disaster Prevention Research Center
Feng Chia University,
Taiwan
zz0813@gmail.com

3 Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering
National Taiwan University, Taiwan
hlyu@ntu.edu.tw

Groundwater and surface water resources are vital to regional water supply.  However, climate change evolves water environments and eventually leads to unstable water resources, environmental hazards, unstable water supply, and decline of ecosystem services.  To mitigate climate change, understanding the evolution of water environments and proposing mitigation strategies is crucial.  Accordingly, this section aims to (1) Assessment of climate change impacts on water resources; (2) Investigation of water environments; (3) Forecast of potential disaster/hazards (directly or indirectly correlate to water resources), and (4) Risk assessment and mitigation strategy developments.  We welcome the studies associated with the technologies for the environmental investigation, the methods for analysing the water environment evolution, water resources management, ecosystem services, water quality (e.g., high turbidity), climate downscaling methods, assessment of spatiotemporal characteristic of water resources, assessment of long-term climate change impact on water resources, climate hazards forecasting and monitoring, early warning system for hazards, risk assessment for the climate hazards, mitigation strategies for the climate hazards, environmental disasters evaluation and prevention etc.  We especially encourage the pilot studies of climate resilient water resources management that solve multi-scale and interdisciplinary problems utilizing new technologies such as Internet of things, big data, artificial intelligence, smart decision, Quantum Computer, etc.

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Special Session (XI)

Greenspaces in Urban Planning: Outlook Towards Smart Cities

Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen1, Dr. Yuei-An Liou2

Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research

National Central University, Taiwan

1nguyenrose@csrsr.ncu.edu.tw

2yueian@csrsr.ncu.edu.tw

Urban greenspaces play a prime role in making cities liable and natural and they are a substantial part of the city on the way to achieve sustainable development. They have great values in offering ecosystem services, improving environmental quality and maintaining biodiversity. Smart allocation of greenspaces in the cities will optimize their values to enhance the adaptive capacity in the context of the climate change and anthropogenic processes. Due to competition for space in the urban region, the urban forests and urban greenspaces are vulnerable to the encroachments associated with the growth of the city and the damages linking to extreme weather.

This session aims to gather original viewpoints and bring up discussions concerning various areas of science of earth observations and environmental health, in particular, liking to urban greenspaces. Innovative techniques and approaches are encouraged to be introduced to foster applications of remote sensing and GIS in contemporary practice. Urban greenspaces are expected to be assessed, monitored and managed by the means of remote sensing and GIS technologies and benchmark models. It is also encouraged to present and discuss the green indices, conceptual frameworks, implemented approaches, models and innovative techniques to make cities smarter in greening. Outcomes of the comprehensive studies are essential to make the cities more adaptive in the context of climate change.

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