Special Session

Special Session (I)

Marine/Coastal Environment and Fisheries Resource Sensing

Dr. Bambang Semedi1, Dr. Ming-An Lee2

1Indonesian Association of Oceanologists

University of Brawijaya, Indonesia


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


2Department of environmental biology and fishery Science

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan


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, pelagic/benthic habitat mapping, and the integration of spatial analysis with policy, legal and/or economic issues, particularly in the coastal zone. In addition, the possible influence of climate change on the above topics especially for top-predator fishery (i.e. Tuna) was also expected.

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Special Session (II)

The Progress and Future Planning of 

The Offshore Wind Installation and Development

Dr. Tai-Wen Hsu

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan


This session presents recent development of offshore wind farm in Taiwan.  There are 7 papers talking about the progress and future planning of the offshore wind installation and development.  We also address related models for the analysis and prediction of wind, wave and current field for the safety of pile foundation.  The modelling includes high resolution wind model, AtOM model for simulating wind wave, current, and sediment transport and topographical changes.  In addition, we develop pile liquefaction model for describing pile response due to earthquake.  Research results are supported by Center of Excellence of Ocean Engineering (CEOE) of NTOU approved by MOE (Ministry of Education).

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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


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

Dr. Chofang Tsai1 and Dr. Chihping Kuo2

1Architecture and Building Research Institute

Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan


2Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Informatics

Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


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

2Department of Real Estate and Built Environment
National Taipei University, 

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


2Department of Fisheries Science

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan


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 1Dr. Chung-Ru Ho 2

1Department of Political Science

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


2Department of Marine Environmental Informatics

National Taiwan Ocean University, Taiwan


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 1Dr. Chih-Chiang Lin 2

Convenor : Dr. Chen-Ming Kuo3Dr. Chihping, Kuo4

1 Department of Mechanical Engineering 
Southern Taiwan University of Science and
Technology, Taiwan

2 Department of Civil Engineering

 National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

3Department of Civil Engineering

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


4Department of Civil Engineering and 
Environmental Informatics

Minghsin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan


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.

This session was especially designed to be a demonstration of measurement apparatus and technology for railway track and vehicle.  A trip to visit the Orbital Engineering Laboratory of the civil engineering department will be scheduled.

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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


2Department of Geography

Northern Illinois University, USA


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. Chun-Wei Huang3

1 Department of Earth Sciences

National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan


2 Construction and Disaster Prevention Research Center
Feng Chia University, Taiwan
Department of Geography
National Taiwan University, Taiwan

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



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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Special Session (XII)

Uplifting Remote Sensing and GIS for Influential Studies of Natural Variation and Anthropogenic Processes on Eco-environment

Dr. Yuei-An Liou1, Dr. Lai Vinh Cam2

1Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research

National Central University, Taiwan


2Institute of Geography

Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam


Urban sprawl poses massive influential facets to the environment and public health.  The demand of accommodation and transportation for a large number of immigration citizens from the urban areas resulting in rapid urbanization creates tremendous pressures on the cities around the world.  It becomes a great challenge for the planners to meet the increased demand of infrastructure and relevant services, including water, food, housing, transportation, and education.  A profound transformation from natural spaces to built-up terrain causes a continuous increase in impervious surface, leading to possible multi-consequences in urban areas such as increased energy consumption, enhanced summer heat wave, enlarged urban heat island, deteriorated air quality, and traffic congestion. These stressful and negative urban conditions cause devastating impacts on the environmental quality and economics-human lost.

This session seeks for papers on advancements in the development of techniques and models with remote sensing and GIS to contribute environmental applications, to exhibit and visualize influences of human activities on environmental changes, and to improve understanding of the relationship between anthropogenic activities and natural system and climate patterns.  Solutions for environmental management in short- and long-term visions are very welcome.  Subtopics include: Remote sensing and GIS for eco-environment and natural hazards; Sustainable land use and urban growth management; Environmental and resource conservation, and pollution prevention; Environmental solutions and sustainable ecological development; Factors affecting patterns of environmental degradation; Links between environmental challenges and urban-rural development; Demand supply factors and strategic planning; and Change in management in dynamic environment with GIS and RS.

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Special Session (XIII)

Risk of Natural Hazards and Land Degradation in the Changing World

Dr. Takashi Oguchi 1Dr. Jr-Chuan Huang;2

1Center for Spatial Information Science

The University of Tokyo, Japan


2Department of Geography

National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Increasing risk of natural hazards and land degradation under anthropogenic and climatic forcing is a big challenge for sustainability at both regional and global scales. Unpredictable aspects of changes in the forcing and their social impacts make it important to recognize, investigate, and simulate various natural hazards such as landslides and floods. Improving the understanding of natural hazards provides a better basis for risk assessments, in spite of high complexity in hazard occurrence triggered by exogenic forcing such as earthquakes and typhoons. A relevant issue is land degradation affected by both natural hazards and anthropogenic impacts. To understand these processes, integration of existing knowledge through multidisciplinary collaborations are required, and such integration can facilitate comprehensive understanding of hazards and risks, reducing negative impacts such as land degradation, and stepping toward sustainable societies. This session deals with studies on the risk and impacts of natural hazards and land degradation on societies in relation to environmental changes.

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Special Session (XIV)

Implementation of Circular Economy in Pollution Remediation and Integrated Management for Watershed

Proposer : Dr. Cheh-Shyh Ting1, Chief Tai-Ying Lu2

Convenor : Dr. Cheh-Shyh Ting1, Dr. Ming-Chee Wu3

1 Department of Civil Engineering
National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

2 Environment Protection Bureau
Pingtung County, Taiwan


3 Department of Earth Sciences
National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

A circular economy, defined by Wiki (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circular_economy), is an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources.  This regenerative approach is in contrast to the traditional linear economy, which has a 'take, make, dispose' model of production.  In a circular system resource input and waste, emission, and energy leakage are minimized by slowing, closing, and narrowing energy and material loops; this can be achieved through long-lasting design, maintenance, repair, reuse, remanufacturing, refurbishing, and recycling, all implemented via corporate and social entrepreneurship.

This session focusses on the implementation of the principles and techniques of circular economy via long-term observations, measurements, calculations, as well as learning and decision making processes; particularly incorporate with a case study for regional watershed polluted by livestock farming.

Namely, the innovated multipurpose schemes in transformation of pollution source from livestock husbandry discharges into bioenergy resources were proposed to improve the river water quality; thus, to establish a safe food production chain as well as a secure access and provision of water resources.  In addition with the integrated management of implementation technology, social affairs, and policy making.

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