Dr. Sohee M. Kim awarded USAID-funded SERVIR-Mekong grant program

Dr. Sohee Minsun Kim, Assistant Professor in the Urban Engineering Management program attended the “SERVIR-Mekong Grants Program Kick-Off Workshop”, held between 1-2 June 2017 at Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok.

A joint development initiative of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), SERVIR works in partnership with leading regional organizations world-wide to help developing countries use information provided by Earth observing satellites and geospatial technologies for managing climate risks and land use.

Funded by USAID, the objective of this grant program is to expand SERVIR’s network of organizations, universities, and institutions in the Lower Mekong region and to generate innovative ideas for applying earth observation data and geospatial methods/tools for decision-making in the Lower Mekong region.

As a recipient of the grants program, the AIT research team will aim to assess and address the future vulnerabilities to flood risk in the context of urban development and growth on a metropolitan region-wide scale in the Lower Mekong region.

The research project will be led by Dr. Kim and Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki, Project Assistant Professor at the Center of Spatial Information Science at the University of Tokyo (currently seconded to the Remote Sensing &GIS program at AIT), and will continue until February 2018.1