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Monday 22.11.21

Session 1A - Opening - 09:05-09:50 (Arthur Faerua)

09:05-09:15 Professor Pal Ahluwalia Opening Remarks USP Vice Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia USP
09:15-09:25 Hon. Edward Nalial Key Note Speaker Vanuatu MIN. LANDS VU
09:25-09:35 Andrew Jones Keynote SPC
09:35-09:45 Andrew MacKenzie Opening Remarks Director USP Campus Vanuatu USP
09:45-09:50 Wolf Forstreuter Technical Conference Overview, Chair PGRSC PGRSC

9:50 - 10:00 - Morning Coffee

Session 2A - Land Cover - 10:00-12:00 (Ian Huri )

10:00-10:20 Bradley Eichelberger "Estimating vegetation and wildlife resilience following typhoon events in the Northern Mariana Islands" DLNR
10:20-10:40 Cema Talei "Ba Land Use Land Cover Changes" FNU
10:40-11:00 Darlynne Takawo "Palau Automated Lands And Resource Information System (PALARIS
11:00-11:20 Vani Koroisamanunu GIS for Environmental Decision Making SPREP
11:20-11:40 Amina Ali "Precision Agricultural farming on Nadroga Province from a GIS and
RS prespective"
11:40-12:00 Titie Kaufusi "Applying GIS on Quarry's Management" LANDS TO
Session 2B - Disaster - 10:00-12:00 (Rafael Kargren)

10:00-10:20 Michino Hisabayashi "Drone mapping in the context of disaster and emergency response using PIX4Dreact" PIX4D
10:20-10:40 Rémi Andreoli "Dealing with Natural Disasters in real Time from the Cloud" BLUECHAM
10:40-11:00 Sioeli Lolohea "Applying Remote Sensing and GIS to the Climate Change Crisis" LANDS TO
11:00-11:20 Matt Lythe "Advancing disaster relief planning using Maxar imagery with AI
(Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Mashall Is)"
11:20-11:40 Fidel Zebeta "Flood Risk Mapping" GOV VU
11:40-12:00 Alex Bandini-Maeder "Using Earth Observation and Deep-"Learning to Enhance
Vulnerability Models to Natural Disasters"

12:00 - 12:20 - Lunch

Session 3A - Women Session - 12:20-14:00 (Litia Gaunavou)

12:20-12:40 Leba Gaunavinaka Welcome Address UNOSAT
12:40-13:00 Joy Papao "The use of Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for DRR" UNOSAT
13:00-13:20 Kate Fickas "Ladies of Landsat"
13:20-13:40 Naz Ali "Women In GIS: Network, Grow, Succeed" Women in GIS Canada

Telesia Sila                        

"Redefining Samoa's Baseline and Maritime Zones"  Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment - Samoa
Session 3B - Remote Sensing Data - 12:20-14:00 (Rémi Andreoli)

12:20-12:40 Nicholas Metherall "Yadrava na Vanua: leveraging earth observation data to monitor extractive industries in Fiji." SPC
12:40-13:00 Rafael Kargren "Human Landscape" MAXAR
13:00-13:20 Nicholas (Nick) Rollings "Echoes in Space" using Sentinel 1 Radar in our Geospatial Science Programme" USP
13:20-13:40 Fabrice Triffaut Pléiades Neo, perfectly enhancing satellite imagery capacities for the Pacific and its needs AIRBUS DS
13:40-14:00 Annekatrien Debien "The Copernicus networks: how do they contribute to Copernicus user
Session 3C - Maritime - 12:20-14:00 (Maria Kottermair)

12:20-12:40 John Lowry "Spatial use of marine resources in a rural village: A case study of Fiji" USP
12:40-13:00 Guillaume Wattelez "Unsupervised clustering for seabed color with Sentinel 2 imagery: a case study on Voh-Koné-Pouembout lagoon (New Caledonia)" UNI NC
13:00-13:20 Vatu Molisa "Marine Spatial Planning on a National Scale (Case Study: Vanuatu): A Brief Overview of MSP in Vanuatu" IUCN
13:20-13:40 Miriam Bhurrah "Marine Spatial Planning on a National Scale (Case Study: Solomon Islands): A Brief Overview of MSP in the Solomon Islands" WCS
13:40-14:00 Cecile Dupouy A glider to the rescue of scientists to validate ocean colour imagery at the South of Viti Levu IRD


14:00 - 14:10 - Afternoon Coffee

Session 4A - Mapping - 14:20-15:30 (Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya)

14:10-14:30 Tony Kanas "Vanuatu National Geospatial Data Policy" GOV VU
14:30-14:50 Kishan Kumar "Utilising Open Source Spatial Big Data Platforms to boost Data
Mining and Machine Learning operations on Optical
and Radar Data
14:50-15:10 Charlington Leo "Using GIS/RS to improve data collection" --
15:10-15:30 Sione Sunia "Applying GIS to Land Administration" LANDS TO
Session 4B - Maritime - 14:20-15:30 (Salote Viti)

14:10-14:30 Susanne Craig “Machine Learning Approaches for Predicting Phytoplankton Community Composition from Ocean Color” NASA
14:30-14:50 Steve Hango "GIS in Marine Spatial Planning" GOV VU
14:50-15:10 Andra Whiteside "Investigating the relationship of turbid waters post-cyclone Yasa
on chlorophyll bloom presence in Fiji"
15:10-15:30 Fernando Noriega Betancourt “Mapping suitable areas for marine recreational activities around Tutuila
Island, American Samoa”
Session 4C - Remote Sensing Data - 14:20-15:30 (Leba Gaunavinaka)

14:10-14:30 Manil Maskey "Deep Learning for Earth Observation and Remote Sensing". NASA
14:30-14:50 Michino Hisabayashi "Best practices for large scale drone mapping with PIX4Dmatic,
next-generation photogrammetry software"
14:50-15:10 Titie Kaufusi "Applying GIS on Quarry's Management" LANDS TO
15:10-15:30 Stewart Craine "GIS tools for rural electrification planning to meet SDG7 energy
access goals"
Village Infrastructure Angels


Tuesday 23.11.21

Session 1A - Organisations - 09:00-10:20 (Litia Gaunavou)

09:00-09:20 Christian Heipke "Deep learning for remote sensing and the role of ISPRS" ISPRS
09:20-09:40 Astrid-Christina Koch "Copernicus – What is in it for the Pacific Islands ?" COPERNICUS
09:40-10:00 Shirish Ravan "Strengthening space applications and exploration – Opportunities
and initiatives offered by UNOOSA"
Session 1B - Forestry - 09:00-10:20 (Maria Kottermair)

09:00-09:20 Michael Köhl "Biomass assessment in mangrove forests: a case study from
09:20-09:40 Matt Lythe "Deep learning to audit deforestation in NZ" LYNKER ANALYTICS
09:40-10:00 Rémi Andreoli "Smart Counting from Space to Solve real Pacific Challenges" BLUECHAM
10:00-10:20 Willie Lore "Vanuatu National Forest Inventory (NFI) Mapping" GOV-VU
Session 1C - Utility & Disaster - 09:00-10:20 (Salote Viti)

09:00-09:20 Laura Lorenzoni "NASA science for coastal applications" NASA
09:20-09:40 Bob Haas "The MAXAR Weather Desk" MAXAR
09:40-10:00 Marie Jagaille "Women in Copernicus" Women in Copernicus
10:00-10:20 Alex Bandini-Maeder "Vegetation Monitoring for Power Utilities using Deep-Learning on Earth Observation Data" GEONEON

10:20 - 10:30 - Morning Coffee

Session 2A - Organisations - 10:30-11:50 (Lanieta Rokotuiwakaya)

10:30-10:50 Katherine Cook "EO applications in Climate Finance - case studies from Fiji" CNCFA
10:50-11:10 Kalusiani Vuki “UNODC GMCP Work in the Pacific” UNODC
11:10-11:30 Filimoni Yaya "Marine Spatial Planning In the Pacific: An Update on Ongoing Work
and Progress Throughout the Region"
11:30-11:50 Nimas Anggarini ""Safer, Smarter Cities""
Session 2B - Forestry & Mapping - 10:30-11:50 (Leba Gaunavinaka)

10:30-10:50 Guillaume Wattelez "OGC's Standards for Sensor Data: Overview and Applications" UNI HI
10:50-11:10 Ryan Perroy "Generating agroforestry inventory data for coconut and pandanus from UAS imagery" UNI NC
11:10-11:30 Richard Russell Trinity F90+ eVTOL - UAV
LiDAR - example
11:30-11:50 Simon Morris "Quantum Drones: Flexibility and Capability in a wide range of environments and applications." QUANTUM


Session 2C - Remote Sensing data and others - 10:30-11:50 (Rémi Andreoli)

10:30-10:50 Steve Yeager "MAXAR Analysis Ready Data" MAXAR
10:50-11:10 Dongrui Li "Knowledge Migration Based Deep Network Transfer for Residential Area Automatic Extraction"
11:10-11:30 Miller Jiménez "A Scalable Solution to Monitor Erosion Events" GRUNDO
11:30-11:50 Angela Manchester "Remote Sensing Updates from Hexagon" HEXAGON

11:50 - 12:10 - Lunch

Session 3A - Organisations - 12:10-13:30 (Rafael Kargren)

12:10-12:30 Leba Gaunavinaka "Exploring satellite imageries for DRR with UNOSAT" UNITAR
12:30-12:50 Wolf Forstreuter "Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council" -----------
12:50-13:10 Ian Huri "UNOSAT Rapid Mapping Service" UNOSAT
13:10-13:30 Emma Luke “GEO and the Pacific: Harnessing
global expertise to empower
local decision making”
Session 3B - Mapping & Agriculture - 12:10-13:30 (Salote Viti)

12:10-12:30 Kasaqa Tora Improve the long-term conservation and management of biodiversity resources in PA in the Pacific Region SPREP
12:30-12:50 Carrol Chan "Building an OSM Community in Fiji - OSM Fiji" CONSULTANT
12:50-13:10 Mathis Neuhauser "Monitoring of agricultural drought in from remote sensing products and in-situ meteorological data" INSIGHT SAS
13:10-13:30 Wolf Forstreuter "Importance of Geospatial Reference Areas, Potential for Sentinel Image Data Applications"

13:30 - 13:40 - Afternoon Coffee

Session 4A - Closing Session - 13:50-15:00 (Wolf Forstreuter)

13:40-14:00 - - Closing: SIBA|GITA Awards, Poster
Competition Awards
14:00-14:20 - - Closing: announcement of next Conference location -----------
14:40-15:00 - - -
Why Attend?

The Pacific GIS & RS Conference is the largest opportunity for Pacific Island and related stakeholders to share experiences and knowledge in the development and use of GIS and Remote Sensing tools and products. Over 300 participants register each year and look forward to the range of presentations, workshops and social events.

How To Attend?

The Pacific GIS & RS 2021 Conference is held in Port-Vila, Vanuatu. Attendees can participate to the conference in Port-Vila or online. If you are facing low bandwidth you can participate in any of the USP hubs in the Pacific. USP has its own cable and antenna link and the hubs link directly to the Conference.

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