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A Workshop on Monitoring: Remote Sensing Training and Long-Term Monitoring Strategy
An IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society-funded program facilitated by Rochester Institute of Technology, the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization, and
the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education
September 25th-27th, 2023
Jinja, Uganda, East Africa
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO), and African Center for Aquatic Research and Education (ACARE) are participating in a Society of the IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (IEEE-GRSS)-funded workshop aimed at enhancing monitoring capacity in the African Great Lakes region. The workshop will focus on large lake monitoring using remote sensing technology.
The program invites experts from the ten riparian countries of the African Great Lakes to participate in a short workshop to better understand remote sensing as a technology for monitoring various metrics on lakes.
Workshop Background & Importance
The African Great Lakes provide important ecosystem services to the communities adjacent to the lakes. Among the most important services are fisheries, as a source of protein and a component of food security, and the use of water for drinking and industry. Lake managers need information on lake water status to maintain the fisheries and water quality in the face of increasing demands and threats. Traditional lake sampling from boats can provide researchers with very accurate information, but only at the sample locations. The practical limitations of cost and time prevent traditional sampling from a boat from giving a complete view of large lakes over time and space. Remote sensing can allow researchers and managers to have an expanded view of lake conditions over time and space. In the last few decades, the development of earth observation sensors flying on satellite, aircraft, or drones has enabled new detailed understanding of processes over time and across large lakes, such as water circulation and biological productivity. But making the most of this image sensor data still requires capacity development for the African Great Lakes region.
This workshop is motivated by the need to boost remote sensing as a tool within a larger need for long-term monitoring of the African Great Lakes. Remote sensing can provide monitoring data on lake water conditions such as temperature, turbidity, and algae abundance, depending on the type of sensor used to capture the image data. This workshop provided African Great Lakes experts the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge of remote sensing techniques for lake water quality, learn about sensors used on the lake to validate remote sensing measurements, and strengthen the network of researchers with interests in applying remote sensing to the African Great Lakes.
Sunday September 24
Various times: Arrival of participants
Monday September 25
0830-0900 Welcome and introduction
0900-0945 Overview of monitoring program and discussion
0945-1015 Introduction to remote sensing of water quality
1030-1100 Introduction to remote sensing water quality algorithms
1100-1300 Introduction to field and laboratory equipment
1400-1700 Introduction to field and laboratory equipment
1700 End of day, participants on their own
Tuesday September 26
0900 Meet at NaFIRRI
0930 Vessel departs port
1800 Vessel returns to port
1800 End of day, participants on their own
Wednesday September 27
0930-1030 Part 1: Introduction to Google Earth Engine
1045-1300 Part 2: Time-series and Algal Blooms in Winam Gulf
1400-1415 Why join GRSS
1415-1630 Part 3: Algal Blooms in Lake Victoria
1630-1900 Dinner and certificates, closing (Old Friends)
1900-2100 Networking social at the hotel (Old Friends)
Thursday September 28
Various times: Departure of participants
Who is involved
The participants of this workshop are freshwater and large lake experts from the ten riparian countries of the African Great Lakes. The training on remote sensing is to engage the experts in a different approach to monitoring on the lakes, to gain their perspectives on how such technology might be implemented, and to help create a larger, long-term monitoring program (using remote sensing and other technologies) around the African Great Lakes.
Mr. Cyprian Manongi Simon, Research Scientist, Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute
Ms. Janviere Tuyisenge, PhD Fellow (Aquatic Ecosystems Chair), IHE Delft, Institute for Water Education, The Netherlands & Vice-Lead Lake Kivu Advisory Group
Dr. David Nahimana, Program Coordinator, Dean Faculty of Sciences, University of Burundi & Member, Lake Tanganyika-Science Advisory Group
Mr. Mugisho Biringannie David, Junior Lecturer and Researcher, Catholic University of Bukavu, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Environmental Sciences
Dr. Akewake Geremew, Lecturere and Researcher, College of Natural and Computational Sciences, Addis Ababa University
Mr. Vincent Chiwanda, Fisheries Research Officer, Department of Fisheries, Monkey Bay Capture Fisheries Center in Mangochi
Mr. Mabo Lwabanya, Senior Fisheries Officer, Lake Tanganyika Research Unit
Ms. Hildah Nyaboke, Research Scientist, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Mr. Collins Ongore, Research Scientist, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Dr. Allan Mazimwe, Researcher, Makerere University
Ms. Christine Atuhaire, Researcher, Makerere University
Ms. Lydia Letaru, Researcher, Makerere University
Mr. Justine Amulen, Researcher, Makerere University
Dr. Ronald Semyalo, Researcher, Makerere University
Mr. Thomas Enuru, Researcher, Makerere University
Mr. Reid Mujuni Taremwa, Researcher, Makerere University
Ms. Hilda Nyamwiza, Researcher, Makerere University
Dr. Daniel Abiriga, Researcher, Makerere University
Ms. Julia Akinyi Obuya, Fisheries/Socioeconomics, Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute
Ms. Emily Atusasire Barigye, Researcher, Makerere University
The trainers are familiar with remote sensing technology and approaches on global water resources and hope to assist, with the perspectives and expertise of the participants, in implementing this technology in hopes to increase long-term monitoring of the African Great Lakes.
Dr. Tony Vodacek - Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA
Dr. Anthony Gidudu - Makere University, Kampala, Uganda
Dr. Shungudzemwoyo Garaba - University of Oldenburg, Germany
Steve Otieno - RCMRD, Nairobi, Kenya
The advisors of this workshop are experts from the African Center for Aquatic Research and Education. They are ensuring the workshop takes place by ensuring the appropriate global experts come together.
Dr. Ted Lawrence - African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, USA
Zeph Migeni - African Center for Aquatic Research and Education, Kenya
Workshop Resources and Assignments
Assignment 1: Participants of the workshop must take the following survey by August 23rd, midnight EAT:
Assignment 2: Registration
a. Obtain a Gmail Account. If you do not already have a Gmail account
b. Obtain a Google Earth Engine account
c. Access Google Drive and become familiar with it
Assignment 3: Google Earth Engine Walkthrough
It is important that participants complete Assignment 3 before Assignment 4.
Assignment 4: On-line Remote Sensing Training Modules
The following activities will be accomplished through the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) website.
Activity 1: ARSET - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
This online training is an introduction to remote sensing. You are requested to go through two of the training sessions for this topic.
Session 1: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing. This session requires registration. Please try and finish this session in one sitting, or you may have to re-register.
Session 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Remote Sensing.
Activity 2: ARSET - Using Google Earth Engine for Land Monitoring Applications
This online training is an introduction to remote sensing for land monitoring.
Activity 3: ARSET - Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms
This online training is an introduction to remote sensing of harmful algal blooms. You are requested to go through sessions 1 and 2 of the training to learn more about harmful algal blooms and how to monitor these blooms with remote sensing.
Session 1: Overview of Harmful Algal Blooms.
Session 2: Platforms and Sensors for Ocean Observations, Data Access, and Processing Tools.
NOTE: You can follow many more trainings on multiple remote sensing topics and the fundamentals of remote sensing at the ARSET Home Page: ARSET - Home Page.
The information provided below is for general consumption
The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) resources web page [Go to GRSS resource page here]
International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG):
In situ calibration/validation protocols [access here]
United States Geolgoical Survey:
European Space Agency
Sentinel Application Platform (SNAP)
Partners and Contacts
Co-host and Training
National Fisheries Resources Research Institute
Jinja, Uganda, E. Africa
London, London, UK
IEEE - Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
For questions about this workshop or the organizations involved,
please contact Ted Lawrence at email@example.com