Geosim participates in SAR Training

The UP Department of Geodetic Engineering, in cooperation with PCIERRD holds the Trainor’s Training on Imaging SAR Data, Processing and Applications. This two-week training is an event leading to the 2nd Philippine Geomatics Symposium on the 28-29 of November 2013. Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin of the ITC, Netherlands is the resource speaker for this training. He is being assisted by Geosim Faculty Members Mark Edwin Tupas, Rosario Ang and Czar Jakiri Sarmiento.

About Dr. Hussin
Dr. Yousif Ali Hussin was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1954. He received a BSc degree in Forestry Sciences from the Mosul University, Iraq in 1976. He received an MSc degree in Forestry (Remote Sensing) from Mosul University in 1979, and worked as the lecturer of remote sensing in the Department of Forestry at Mosul University between 1980 and 1985. Between 1986 and 1990 worked as graduate research assistant at Colorado State University on the Shuttle Imaging Radar-B images Research Project, which was funded by NASA through JPL. In 1990 he received his PhD degree in Forest Sciences (Remote Sensing and GIS) from Colorado State University. Between 1990 and 1991 worked as Research Associate at Colorado State University.

Since June 1991 he is Assistant Professor and later Associate Professor of Remote Sensing and GIS at the Department of Natural Resources of Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation ITC, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Current research interest is the application of microwave and optical satellite data in monitoring tropical deforestation and forest degradation. More specific research interest: SAR and Optical images application in forest and land cover types; RS/GIS applications to detect, monitor and model deforestation and forest degradation; RS/GIS applications to detect, monitor and model forest fire, RS/GIS applications to mangrove and other coastal forest cover types; Remotely Sensed image classification and image transformation for forest and land cover types mapping; Assessment and modeling sequestrated/emitted carbon from healthy/burnt forest using geo-information. (From the resume of Dr. Hussin)

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David Guttenfelder documents hope and rebuilding after devastation.

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder was on assignment in North Korea when he first learned about the catastrophic damage that Super Typhoon Haiyan had inflicted on the Philippines.

Guttenfelder, who is the chief Asia photographer for the Associated Press news agency and a frequent National Geographic contributor, read about it on Twitter while traveling in a car from the capital city of Pyongyang to the far northeast corner of the country, near the Russian border.

“There’s 3G service in North Korea now, weirdly … [and] I started to read about the scale of the destruction,” Guttenfelder said. “I saw a picture someone had tweeted of the typhoon taken from space, which was really amazing.”

But it wasn’t until he saw another tweet, about the death toll from the typhoon, estimated to be in the thousands, that Guttenfelder knew he needed to see the devastation firsthand. “My job was to cover major events in Asia, so I knew I had to go,” Guttenfelder said.

Shortly after, Guttenfelder was on a flight from Pyongyang to China, then to Japan, then to the capital city of the Philippines, Manila. From there, he hitched a ride with a military aid aircraft to Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the typhoon.

See the photos here: Photojournalist Captures Resiliency in the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan