THAILAND FIELDWORK 2016: CU-GISTDA BIG DATA FIELDWORK ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

  

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Overview: In today’s digital age, the role of big data has become increasingly important in many aspects of life. One notable area is the use of big data to help prevent and mitigate the effects of natural disasters such as earthquake, tsunami, and drought, and flooding. In the CU-GISTDA* fieldwork, participants was challenged with various learning activities designed to guide them through the life-cycle of big data, from understanding data, data collection, data pre-processing, data analysis, to data visualization. They has learned how big data differs from traditional data in terms of its complexity and treatment, and get to experience first-hand how big data is used to manage flooding risk, which is the most frequent natural disaster in Thailand.

*About CU-GISTDA: The Space Krenovation Park or SKP is one of the latest facilities of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) located in Sriracha, Chonburi Province.  It has been created to enhance Thailand’s capability in the research and development of space-related technology, as well as to support the actual realization of industrial products based on the innovative research ideas.  Hence, the name “Krenovation” comes from the combination of three words: knowledge, creation, and innovation. The park houses many facilities including the Thaichote Ground Control Station and the GIS training center.

In addition, during the fieldwork, students also learned

  • Overview of disaster management using GIS technology
  • Types of disaster, and types of data needed for managing each type of disaster
  • Data collection methods and tools for flooding disaster
  • Data importing (pre-processing) methods and tools for flooding disaster
  • Data analysis methods and tools for flooding disaster
  • Big data approach
  • Introduction to Thai language and culture

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Dr.Chaowalit Silapathong, Deputy director of GISTDA gave a welcome address and photo with all participants in the opening ceremony at Sirindhorn Center for Geo-informatics

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Participants visited Space Krenovation Park (SKP), GISTDA 

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Representative of EBA briefing the project detail to entire students

Objectives

  •  To introduce participants to the life-cycle of big data
  • To provide participants with hand-on experience on using traditional data/big data for managing flooding disaster

Outcomes: At the end of the fieldwork, the participants should be able to answer these questions:

  1. What is big data?
  2. How is big data different from traditional data in the following aspects:
    1. Collection
    2. Pre-processing
    3. Analysis
    4. Visualisation
    5. What role does big data play in our everyday life?

Locations: The fieldwork will take place on main 2 locations.

  • Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
  • Space Krenovation Park (SKP), Sriracha, Chonburi
  • Participants also visited the Coastal Radar Station in Pattaya, Chonburi for technical tour and field activity.

We are team MODIS!

We are team MODIS

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Student was training to collect the data in Pattaya area

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Students was presenting group project from field data collecting 

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Data analysis class

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Mini project session