DGE prof attends IGARSS13 in Melbourne, Australia, presents research on remote sensing of coastal habitats

AyinTamondong_igarss13Engr. Ayin Tamondong, DGE Assistant Professor and member of the EnviSAGE Research Group, recently attended the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2013 (IGARSS13) which was held from July 21-26, 2013 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in Melbourne, Australia. IGARSS is a yearly event that is organized by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. This year’s symposium was held with the theme “Building a Sustainable Earth through Remote Sensing”.

In the said symposium, Engr. Tamondong presented her research paper entitled, “Mapping of Seagrass and Other Benthic Habitats in Bolinao, Pangasinan Using Worldview-2 Satellite Image” during the Poster Session on Coastal Zones I“. The paper (co-authored with Dr. Ariel C. Blanco of UP DGE, Dr. Miguel Fortes of UP Marine Science Institute, and Dr. Kazuo Nadaoka of Tokyo Institute of Technology) discusses the suitability of high resolution images acquired by the Worldview 2 (WV2) satellite in classifying and mapping sea grasses and other benthic habitats in Bolinao, Pangasinan. WV2 is a high-resolution 8-band multispectral commercial satellite which operates at an altitude of 770 kilometers, and provides 46 cm panchromatic resolution and 1.85 meter multispectral resolution. Engr. Tamondong’s research took advantage of high spatial resolution and the increased number of spectral bands, from the traditional 4 to 8 bands provided by WV2 in generating maps of sea grasses and other benthic habitats.

Engr. Tamondong was joined by Ms. Margie Parinas, an MS Remote Sensing student of UP DGE in attending IGARSS13.