Shin-ichi Sobue

Invited Speaker: Shin-ichi Sobue

Title: GEOGLAM Asia-RiCE Activity

Shin-ichi Sobue got a master degree of engineering from Toyohashi university of Technology in Japan in 1989 and got a philosophical doctor of engineering from Kennedy-Western University in USA in 2000. His major is image data analysis of earth observation data. He joined JAXA in 1989 and had been work for earth observation satellite ground system development and data research management. From January 2017, he serves Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 (ALOS-2) project manager of directorate I of space technology in JAXA. And, he also plays a role of co-lead of GEOGLAM Asia-RiCE team.

The Asia-RiCE ( has been organized to enhance rice production estimates through the use of Earth observation satellites data and seeks to ensure that Asian rice crops are appropriately represented within GEO Global Agriculture Monitoring (GEOGLAM) to support FAO Agriculture Market Information System (FAO-AMIS). Asia-RiCE is composed of national teams that are actively contributing to the Crop Monitor for AMIS and developing technical demonstrations of rice crop monitoring activities. Using GCOM-W, GPM, MODIS, Himawari and other satellites, JAXA provides agro-met information such as soil moisture, rainfall, drought index, LST, NDVI, etc. to Asia to support monthly rice crop outlook in cooperation with ASEAN food security information project (AFSIS) to provide monthly rice crop outlook information to FAO AMIS through GEOGLAM.
This paper reports this GEOGLAM Asia-RiCE activity.