The 4th Boeing-CSIRO Advanced Earth Observation Forum in Vietnam: Applications for the Mekong Delta

Date: 02 – 03/3/2023

Location: Learning Resource Center, Can Tho University,

Campus II, Xuan Khanh Ward, Ninh Kieu District, Can Tho city, Vietnam


The Research Institute for Climate Change (DRAGON-Mekong) at Can Tho University and the Vietnam National Space Center (STAC/VNSC), in collaboration with RYNAN Technologies Vietnam Joint Stock Company, My Lan Group, are organizing a forum on "the 4th Boeing-CSIRO Advanced Earth Observation Forum in Vietnam: Applications for the Mekong Delta". The forum took place on March 2-3, 2023, at Can Tho University, as part of a remote sensing adoption project initiated by the U.S. Boeing Company and The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Australia (CSIRO) to enhance scientific capacity and promote remote sensing in Vietnamese enterprises. The organizations are working together in a spirit of collaboration to achieve this goal. In the era of globalization and international integration, the Mekong Delta has ample opportunities to boost socio-economic growth by leveraging its potential and assets. However, this development is hindered by numerous challenges, including climate change, rising sea levels, and unsustainable exploitation of natural resources, leading to environmental pollution, depletion of resources, and other related issues. Thus, monitoring and data management to detect changes in the natural environment have become a significant concern for all levels, sectors, and stakeholders, including the digital transformation and the adoption of new technologies to enhance the effectiveness of information and data utilization are crucial for achieving tasks, particularly in environmental management to adapt to climate change in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta. Remote sensing technology is a valuable monitoring tool that can detect changes in the environment, and identify adverse effects of natural disasters and human activities on sustainable development. Thus, the conference aimed to introduce and apply advanced remote sensing technology to promote sustainable development in the Delta.

The forum spanned over 1.5 days, featuring an opening session and three thematic sessions. 14 presentations were given by both national and international speakers, accompanied by three comprehensive discussions on key issues, such as legal frameworks, technical innovations, and commercial environments that facilitate the integration of advanced remote sensing technology with other cutting-edge technologies, including cloud computing, machine learning, deep learning, and artificial intelligence (AI). The participants made significant contributions, and all agreed on the crucial role and urgency of establishing an ecosystem integrating data generation, analysis, and evaluation steps to develop legal and commercialized products.

Photos of the forum: 

Prof. Dr. Tran Ngoc Hai, Vice Rector, CTU gave an introductory speech

Mr. Michael Nguyen, Director of Boeing Company VN gave an introduction speech


Assoc. Prof. Dr Minh Nguyen, Expert CSIRO gave a speech

Mr. Matthew Paget, Expert CSIRO discussed “Advanced remote sensing technology, open data block, integrated remote sensing data, and cloud computing platform”

 Assoc. Prof. Dr Nguyen Hieu Trung, Vice Rector, CTU coordinated the discussion

Discussion 1: New Earth Observation (EO) technology application and experience to share with EO analyzers and practitioners.

Discussion 2: Applications of EO for management agencies/authorities

Discussion 3: Applications of EO for businesses and communities

Delegates gave ideas to the Conference

Ms. Summer Locke on behalf of the U.S Boeing Company gave the closing speech of the Conference

All delegates attending the conference