Researchers of DOST funded projects on Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology at Central Luzon State University thru the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) participated in the 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing with the theme “Fostering Resilient Growth in Asia” at Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City last October 19-23, 2015. ACRS was aimed to unite stakeholders around Asia to discuss about resilient ways in resolving environmental problems and disasters. The event was organized by Asian Association on Remote Sensing (AARS) headed by General Secretary Prof. Kohei Cho.
Engr. Nicasio C. Salvador of PHIL-LiDAR 1 talked about “Community Based Watershed Monitoring System for Biodiversity Conservation” while Engr. Guiller B. Damian of PHIL-LiDAR 2 tackled “Generation of Land Cover Classifying Map from LiDAR and Aerial Image Using Object Based and Flood Susceptibility Assessment of Agricultural Areas”. Two other papers were presented by the PHIL-LiDAR 1 reasearch team particularly about the “Geographic Information System Assisted Flood Hazard Mapping of Bucao and Santo Tomas Rivers” which was presented by Engr. Bennidict P. Pueyo and “Remote Sensing Application of the Geophysical Changes in the Coastlines and Rivers of Zambales, Philippines” which was discussed by Mr. Edmark P. Bulaong. The conference was attended by 926 participants from 10 countries in Asia.
The project leaders, Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto (PHIL-LiDAR 1) and Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto, (PHIL-LiDAR 2) being co-authors of the various papers presented joined the CLSU PHIL-LiDAR team during the conference. Other member researchers of CLSU PHIL-LiDAR projects some of whom are co-authors of the papers participated also in the ACRS and they are as follows: Engr. Gloria N. Ramos, Melissa Joy M. Sison, Sean Russel R. Indon, Hanna Mae T. Carganilla, Jeremy Joel J. Barza, Eleazar V. Raneses Jr., Jose T. Gavino Jr., Christopher R. Genaro, Cenon Conrado C. Divina, Noah Z. Panuyas, Ariel R. Biagtan, Miguelito F. Isip, Engr. Klifford M. Orge, Mark Joseph C. Quinto, Romnick C. Tagaca, Arnel B. Celestino and Princess Joy C. Hernando.
Dr. Annie Melinda Paz-Alberto, University Professor and current Director of Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management (ICCEM) at Central Luzon State University attended the International Phytotechnology Conference held at Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center, Manhattan, Kansas, USA last September 27-30, 2015. The conference was aimed to provide scientist, engineers, consultants, policy regulators and other interested individuals the opportunity to explore and discuss how recent developments in phytotecnologies address current and emerging environmental challenges.Phytotechnologies are plant-based technologies to clean water, soil and air and provide ecosystem services including energy from biomass.
During the said conference, Dr. Paz-Alberto presented a paper on “Assessing Diversity and Phytoremediation Potential of Mangrove for Copper Contaminated Sediment in Subic Bay, Philippines”. Based on her paper mangrove could effectively absorb copper in sediment which can lessen conta
mination in the sediment. Phytoremediation refers to the process wherein plants can absorb heavy metals hence, this green technology is very important for the conservation of water and sediments in coastal ecosystem.
Moreover, Dr. Paz-Alberto was accompanied by Ms. Marrietta Pakaigue, Research Associate at ICCEM in this conference for both of them presented a poster titled “Assessing Diversity and Phytoremediation Potential of Sea grass in Tropical Region” which reveals the potential of sea grass in absorbing lead in the sediments of marine ecosystem.
Dr. Ronaldo T. Alberto represented the country in the 18th International Plant Protection Congress (IPPC) at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. The event was aimed to unite all stakeholders all over the world to achieve effective and resilient plant protection strategies on pest management – an important strategy to address food security.
During the said forum, Dr. Alberto presented his paper titled “Morphological and Molecular Identification and Fungicide Sensitivity Assay of Pathogen Attacking Soursop (Guyabano)” which characterizes the plant pathogens of Soursop (Guyabano) using morphological and molecular approach and its sensitivity to different fungicides. Results of their study give due advantage to local consumers as it leads to proper management of the disease of Soursop which is becoming popular due to its medicinal properties. Other scientific advances in the field of plant protection especially on disease management of economic crops were also tackled. The new knowledge acquired and exposure of Dr. Alberto to recent technologies is an advantage to the country as most of technologies presented in the congress can be applied under local conditions.
The event was attended by 1,236 participants from over 95 countries worldwide. It was organized by International Association for the Plant Protection Sciences (IAAPS) headed by Falco Fedmann, the IPPC Managing Director. He addressed the delegates saying that food security is one of the biggest global challenges of the 21st century due to continuous growing population in which plant protection will play a crucial role. The United Nations estimated that the global population would reach 9 billion by 2050.
Dr. Alberto, Professor VI of the Department of Crop Protection, College of Agriculture is also currently the Project Leader of DOST funded Phil-LiDAR 2 (Light Detection and Ranging) at the Institute for Climate Change and Environmental Management in Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija.