South Asia Regional Network
Recent Land Cover/Land Use Change (LCLUC) regional science meeting and field visits held during January 19-23, 2013 at Coimbatore, India (http://lcluc.umd.edu>) provided an international forum to bring scientists together to discuss LCLUC, drivers and its impacts, with a regional focus. This science meeting was sponsored by the NASA’s LCLUC Program, the International System for Analysis Research and Training (START) Program and our Indian counterpart the Karunya University (Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu). Nearly 120 participants from India attended the meeting. In addition, there were 18 researchers from the U.S., 3 from Nepal, 2 from Sri Lanka, and 1 each from Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. Based on the presentations and discussions, an invited panel of experts concluded the meeting with the following recommendations:
- Developing bilateral collaboration activities between south Asia countries and the U.S. would strengthen regional LCLUC research and enable exchange of students and researchers.
- Research into the links between LCLUC and climate-change studies are needed, as are studies focusing on the impact of LCLUC on human livelihoods.
- Develop methodologies at large spatial scales to address LCLUC and disaster related events (fires, floods, landslides, etc.) using multi-satellite datasets, ground based measurements and modeling studies.
- A multiyear regional science initiative is needed, complementing initial national funding and international funding. Such an initiative should include data sharing and infrastructure, including data centers focused on implementation of the initiative.
- The panel was in full agreement that developing a major regional integrated science initiative—with a central theme of LCLUC aspects.
- There is a need to strengthen capacity-building activities on the use of satellite remote sensing datasets for LCLUC research.
- A regional integrated science initiative would enable regional scientists to promote scientific data collection and dissemination activities. This would be facilitated by developing a dedicated data center.
For implementing the above recommendations, we are eagerly pursuing collaborative options with south Asia researchers. Our vision is to develop an innovative research, education, capacity building and training program involving state-of-the-art remote sensing, natural sciences, engineering and social sciences useful for both US and south Asia country researchers. Moreover, we would like to emphasize fundamental ecological and social processes including climate changes that reflect regional concerns relating to LCLUC and impacts that cut across regional boundaries.
This network is being developed and we are eagerly looking for collaborative research with south Asia countries. We are engaging international programs such as GOFC-GOLD, START, MAIRS, GEO-GLAM, etc. for strengthening this network.
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Dr. Krishna Prasad Vadrevu
Associate Research Professor
Department of Geographical Sciences
University of Maryland College Park (UMCP)
4321 Hartwick Road, Suite 209
College Park, Maryland, 20740