Future.gov reported that the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have formally agreed to adopt the haze monitoring system and share satellitedata to help locate fires.
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi has ordered northern provincial authorities to use satellite surveillance to monitor bushfires and cut down on haze pollution. He said satellite imagery was the most accurate tool to detect bushfire hotspots and should form an integral part of the government's campaign to reduce haze pollution in the North.
Thailand has invested in the concept of the sensor web, creating an interoperable environment for a diverse set of satellite and ground sensors with connectivity to the Internet in order to better understand physical phenomena.
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has teamed up to establish a Geo-Informatics Operation System and SatelliteData Centre as a
Thailand is currently facing its worst flooding in 50 years. Flood waters have swamped more than two-thirds of the country, submerging rice fields and shutting down hundreds of factories while over 900,000 families and businesses have been impacted and hundreds of lives have been tragically lost. National relief efforts are now focused on providing essential food, clean water and shelter to displaced people and restoring damaged infrastructure to the Kingdom of Smiles.
BANGKOK, 11 October 2011 (IRIN) - As residents across flood-ravaged Southeast Asia look up to the skies and brace for more rain, satellites 35,800km away are looking down on them.
Space technology has become a critical tool in protecting people from disasters in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, where more than 6.5 million people have been affected by recent flooding and at least 500 have died.
The Government of Thailand has issued a warning for possible flash floods and mudslides in 15 southern provinces in the coming days as three more deaths were reported from rising waters. The floods, the worst to hit parts of Thailand in decades, have left at least 59 people dead since October 10. The authorities estimate that 3.2 million people across the country have been affected by the floods, with homes submerged and farmland or cattle destroyed. The situation is expected to continue for weeks.
Nakhon Ratchasima and its provincial capital have been ravaged as flash floods wreak havoc in the Northeast and Central Plains following heavy weekend monsoon rains. Thousands of displaced flood victims in Nakhon Ratchasima, hit by the worst flooding in 50 years, facing difficulties while waiting for assistance in terms of food and water.