Sentinel Asia, an international cooperation project launched with the aim of contributing to disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region using space technology.

Interview Archives

  • Prof. Dr. M. Rokhis Khomarudin
    Research Professor of the Remote Sensing Research Center, Research Organization of Aeronautics and Space (ORPA), Indonesia
    May 2022

  • The Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) is a long-time member of Sentinel Asia and Indonesia is one of the countries sending Emergency Observation Requests (EORs) to Sentinel Asia most frequently. It underwent a restructuring of governmental agencies and institutions for research and innovation in 2021. Prof. Dr. M. Rokhis Khomarudin talks about this as well as the use of space technology for monitoring disasters and climate change in response to the Sentinel Asia Secretariat.

  • Mr. Sadhu Zukhruf Janottama, Mr. Keith Paolo Landicho, and Mr. Mohammad Fadli
    (AHA Centre)
    March 2022

  • The ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre) is one of the key players in the Sentinel Asia community. Since its establishment in 2011, the AHA Centre has been engaged in monitoring, preparedness, and response related to disasters in the ASEAN Region. While the AHA Centre has been supporting Sentinel Asia with its extensive network and distinguished expertise as an international organization, recently, its support for and partnership with Sentinel Asia has been strengthened further. The Sentinel Asia secretariat interviewed AHA Centre staff members to introduce their activities reflecting the centre's dedicated support for the ASEAN region through its partnership with Sentinel Asia.

  • Dr. Manzul Kumar Hazarika, Mr. Syams Nashrrullah, and Mr. Chathumal Madhuranga
    (GIC-AIT)
    January 2022


  • The Geoinformatics Center of the Asian Institute of Technology (GIC-AIT) is one of the founding members of Sentinel Asia and has worked as one of the leading Data Analysis Node (DAN) members. It has been providing Value-Added Products (VAPs) in response to Sentinel Asia’s Emergency Observation Requests (EORs). It also provides valuable inputs to Sentinel Asia in addition to working as Project Manager (PM) when an EOR is escalated to the Disasters Charter. The Sentinel Asia secretariat interviewed GIC-AIT regarding their past and future contributions to Sentinel Asia.

  • Dr. Kuang-Chong Wu
    President of National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs)
    Dr. Jong-Shinn Wu
    Director General of National Space Organization (NSPO)
    November 2021


  • The National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) of Taiwan joined Sentinel Asia (SA) in 2010. Since then, NARLabs, along with the National Space Organization (NSPO), one of the institutes under NARLabs, continues to provide its satellite data to SA. Recently, they contributed to the realization of SA operation system OPTEMIS in collaboration with Academia Sinica from Taiwan and Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). They are also working with the newly developed Taiwan Data Cube (TWDC) on the further application of Earth observation data. The SA secretariat interviewed Dr. Kuang-Chong Wu, President of NARLabs, and Dr. Jong-Shinn Wu, Director General of NSPO, to ask about their connection to SA and related contributions, past and future.

  • Dr. Raj Kumar
    Outstanding Scientist, Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC),
    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)
    October 2021


  • The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been one of the leading supporters of the Sentinel Asia community so far and is strengthening its support to Sentinel Asia. The centre provides satellite observation for Emergency Observation Requests (EORs) from members of Sentinel Asia and contributes to the operation of Sentinel Asia. The Sentinel Asia secretariat interviewed Dr. Raj Kumar, Outstanding Scientist and Director, NRSC, to introduce the centre’s activities regarding Sentinel Asia.

  • Mr. Hans Guttman
    Executive Director of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
    July 2021


  • The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) is an autonomous international organization that works to build the resilience of people and institutions to disasters and the impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific. Established in 1986, it provides comprehensive technical services across social and physical sciences to countries in the region to support sustainable solutions for risk reduction and climate resilience.
    Since joining in 2014, ADPC has also been an active member of Sentinel Asia. ADPC has supported the disaster management activities of the Sentinel Asia community, and notably co-organized and hosted the last Joint Project Team Meeting in 2019. The Sentinel Asia Secretariat interviewed Mr. Hans Guttman, the executive director of ADPC.

  • Dr. Giriraj Amarnath
    International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
    May 2021


  • The International Water Management Institute, or IWMI, is a research-for-development (R4D) organization, with offices in 13 countries and a global network of scientists operating in more than 30 countries, and is a member of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), whose mandate is “a water-secure world,” and which addresses the water and land management challenges faced by poor communities in developing countries. IWMI promotes demand-based innovative and scientifically tested water management solutions for sustainable development and is a longtime member of Sentinel Asia. Dr. Giriraj Amarnath from IWMI has been one of the leading supporters of Sentinel Asia and won the World Geospatial Excellence Award in 2020. The Sentinel Asia Secretariat interviewed Dr. Amarnath about how he has worked with Sentinel Asia and his future plans in the Sentinel Asia community.

  • Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)
    April 2021


  • In 2019, Sentinel Asia introduced its new disaster data provision system called “Sentinel Asia Step-3 system”. Sentinel Asia Step-3 system is a joint project by GISTDA and NARLabs (NSPO) with Academia Sinica, and JAXA. Its integral component dedicated to Emergency Observation Requests is called the “Operation Planning Tool for Earth-Observation Mission,” or “OPTEMIS”. OPTEMIS was developed by GISTDA. The Sentinel Asia community witnessed the official launch of OPTEMIS during the Joint Project Team Meeting on 12 November 2019, hosted by ADPC in Bangkok, Thailand.
    The Sentinel Asia Secretariat interviewed Mr. Wasanchai VONGSANTIVANICH and Mr. Panupat HORMA with the GISTDA OPTEMIS team regarding its development history and the way forward.

  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC)
    January 2021


  • The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), founded in 2006, is home to the United Arab Emirates’ National Space Program. MBRSC builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services. MBRSC has been a member of Sentinel Asia since 2017. In addition to its contribution to supply its observation data as Data Provider Node (DPN), recently MBRSC has been supporting Emergency Observation Requests (EORs) as Data Analysis Node (DAN) as well, by providing many value-added products.
    Commemorating MBRSC’s first provision of KhalifaSat data in August 2020, the Sentinel Asia Secretariat (Dr. Shiro Kawakita, Mr. Takanori Miyoshi and staff members) interviewed Ms. Alia Mohammad Al Mekhyat and Ms. Shaikha Ahmed Albesher of MBRSC for their contribution to the Sentinel Asia.

  • Ms. Lara Prades
    Head, Geospatial Support Unit, Emergency Division (EMEG)
    Mr. Michael Andrew Manalili
    GIS Consultant, Geospatial Support Unit, EMEG United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)
    December 2020


  • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the newest member of Sentinel Asia. They have already provided their support for Sentinel Asia as a Data Analysis Node, or DAN, for the Emergency Observation Request (EOR) for the flood in Cambodia in October 2020. They are also a Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2020. Sentinel Asia secretariat had an opportunity to interview them to introduce this new member.

  • Mr. KWOH Leong Keong
    Director, CRISP
    August 2020


  • Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP), National University of Singapore, one of the longest JPT members, recently announced that the “TeLEOS-1” satellite, which has been operating under Singapore’s Public-Private Initiative, will contribute to Sentinel Asia. Taking this opportunity, Sentinel Asia secretariat interviewed one of the long-term contributors to our activities, Mr. KWOH Leong Keong, Director, CRISP:

  • Dr. Hitoshi Taguchi
    National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), Japan
    July 2020


  • NIED, a Japan’s national research institute, aims to protect people's lives and properties from natural disasters and to prepare society to be resilient to natural disasters, through research on disasters caused by earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, landslides, meteorological changes, and snow and ice damages. NIED has been a Joint Project Team (JPT) member of Sentinel Asia since 2016 and became a Data Analysis Node (DAN) member on June 2020. For a new start as a DAN, Sentinel Asia secretariat made a short interview to Dr. Taguchi who is the point of contact to Sentinel Asia in NIED.