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Jose Edgardo L. Aban

Geoinformatics Expert

Expertise: Remote Sensing, Biology, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, Global Environmental Change, Ecosystems Change Research, Watershed and Climate Change Impacts, GIS, Climatic Oscillations

Dr. Jose Edgardo Aban holds a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Remote Sensing from Chiba University, Japan, and University of the Philippines, respectively, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the latter university. He is a strong advocate of self-sufficiency through education in satellite development among ASEAN, and has initiated a number of campaigns in the Philippines for its own local satellite development and applications. Dr. Aban is a seasoned research manager, having served for many years at the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Philippines. Prior to joining UBD, he also served as Project Manager of the GIS-based project dubbed, “Communication and Information Systems for the Control of Avian Influenza (CISCAI) of the ASEAN Foundation. His research interests are quite varied ranging from land use/cover change analysis; global change analysis; ecosystems change research; applications of non-parametric methods for global change analysis and modeling (power and singular spectrum analysis of multi-temporal datasets) using satellite data (e.g. NDVI) and climatic data; development of pre-processing algorithms for noise reduction in satellite images; phenological change analysis and its relationship with changes floral and faunal populations; and climate change impacts (sea-level rise scenarios) modeling with the use of digital elevation modeling (DEM); climatic oscillations (e.g. ENSO, PDO).

Affiliation

Technical Consultant, Participatory GIS, Asian Development Bank, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

Association

    • Philippine Astronomical Society, Member
    • Halleywatch Committee of the Philippines, Member
    • Philippine Astronomical Society, Member
    • Solarwatch Committee of the Philippines, Manila-Based, Member
    • Biology majors Association (BIOMAS), Member
    • Scientists, Technologists and Engineers for the People (STEP), Member
    • Philippine Association for the Advancement of Science (PHILAAS), Member
    • Earthsavers' Movement, Member
    • Society for the Advancement of Technology Management in the Philippines (SATMP), Member
    • Biotechnology Association of the Philippines (BAPI), Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Associate Member
    • Science and Technology Advisory Council - Japan Chapter (STAC-J), President
    • APPULSE - the Official Newsletter of the Philippine Astronomical Society, Former Editor-in-chief

Employment

    • Asian Development Bank (ADB), Technical Consultant, Participatory GIS, April 2015 - present
    • Philippine EarthUs Consultancy Company, Inc., Technical Consultant and Associate, September 2014 - present
    • Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Senior Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Geography Department Faculty Arts and Social Sciences, December 2010 - June 2014
    • Comunication and Information Systems for the Control of Avian Influenza (CISCAI Project), Project Manager/Coordinator, October 2008 - December 2012
    • DOST-Philippine Council for Advanced Science and Technology Research and Development, Senior Science Research Specialist, August 1991 - September 2009
    • SpaceVision Mapping Services (SVMS), General Manager and Consultant, September 2006 - March 2009
    • National Institute for Science & Mathematics Education & Development, University of the P, Training Specialist, June 1989 - February 1990

Award

    • Young Author's Award, ISPRS Commission VII WG6, International Workshop on Monitoring/Modeling Global Environmental Change, Kyoto, Japan, 2003

Research

    • Compendium on the First National Congress on Space Technology Applications and Research (NC-STAR) [Completed], 2005
    • Technical Report I: Climate and Hydrological Analyses. Bago River Irrigation System Rehabilitation Project (BRISRIP) [Completed], 2006
    • Technical Report II: Satellite Image Processing. Bago River Irrigation System Rehabilitation Project (BRISRIP) [Completed], 2006
    • Pre-feasibility study on the Local Development of Small Satellites [Completed], 2007

Papers Presented

    • Lithological Discrimination through Geobotanical and Lineament Enhancement Selection of Dry Season Images: Study for the Volcanic Terrain Subic-Castillejos, Zambales, Sixth Annual Convention of the Geological Society of the Philippines
    • Spectroradiometric Analyses of Seven Varieties of Cinchona Species in the DENR Cinchona Reforestation Project, Mt. Kaatoan, Lantapan Bukidnon, Philippines, 16th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, Suranaree University of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
    • Assessment and Mapping of the DENR Cinchona Reforestation Project Using Spectroradiometric Analyses and Digital Image Processing Techniques, 1st International Conference on Tropical Forest and Climate Change, ACCEED Bldg., Makati City, Philippines, and signatory to the Manila Declaration on Climate Change
    • Construction of a Global Map Around Mindanao, Philippines, 19th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, Traders Hotel, Manila, Philippines
    • Linear Mixing Model Based on Optimization Method for Land Cover Mapping Using LANDSAT ETM+ and SPOT-HRV Data, International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
    • The Polynomial Least Squares Operation (PoLeS): A Method for Reducing Noise in NDVI Time Series Data, 23rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), Kathmandu, Nepal
    • The Two-Dimensional Polynomial Least Squares (PoLeS) Filter: A Method for Reducing High and Low Value Noise in Satellite Data, 23rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), Kathmandu, Nepal
    • Characterization of time series power spectra from multi-temporal NOAA-AVHRR data and its relationship with various external and internal forcings, ISPRS Commission VII WG6 - International Workshop on Monitoring/Modeling Global Environmental Change, Kyoto, Japan

Education

    • Chiba University - Japan, Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, Japan, Doctor of Philosophy in Remote Sensing, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, 2004
    • University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Master of Science in Remote Sensing, Satellite/Environmental Remote Sensing, 1997
    • University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Sciences, P. Faura, Ermita, Manila, Bachelor of Science in Biology, 1988

Publication

    • Aban, J.E.L., & Flores, R.F., (1993) Lithological Discrimination through Geo-botanical and Lineament Enhancement Selection of Dry Season Images: Study for the Volcanic Terrain Subic Castilejos, Zambales
    • Proceedings of the 6th Geological Society of the Philippines (GCP) Geological Convention
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1995) Spectroradiometric Analyses of Seven Varieties of Cinchona Species in the DENR Cinchona Reforestation Project, Mt. Kaatoan, Lantapan Bukidnon, Philippines
    • Proceedings of the 16th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1997) Spectroradiometric and Digital Data Analysis of Seven Cinchona Species in the DENR Cinchona Reforestation Project, Mt. Kaatoan, Lantapan Bukidnon, Philippines
    • The Philippine Remote Sensing Newsletter, NAMRIA Volume VII, No. 1
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1998) Technical Study: Construction of a Global Map
    • Geographical Survey Institute of Japan, Ministry of Construction
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1998) Construction of a Global Map Around Mindanao, Philippines
    • Proceedings of the 19th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing, Manila, Philippines
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1998) Assessment and Mapping of the DENR Cinchona Reforestation Project Using Spectroradiometric Analyses and Digital Image Processing Techniques
    • Proceedings of the Euro-Asian Space Week, Singapore
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1998) Assessment and Mapping of the DENR Cinchona Reforestation Project Using Spectroradiometric Analyses and Digital Image Processing Techniques
    • Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Tropical Forests and Climate Change, Makati City
    • Aban, J.E.L., Tsolmon, R., & Tateishi, R., (2002) Linear Mixing Model Based on Optimization Method for Land Cover Mapping Using LANDSAT ETM+ and SPOT-HRV Data.
    • Proceedings of the 2002 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
    • Aban, J.E.L., Tateishi, R., & Tsolmon, R., (2002) The Polynomial Least Squares Operation (PoLeS): A Method for Reducing Noise in NDVI Time Series Data
    • Proceedings of the 23rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing
    • Aban, J.E.L., Tateishi, R., & Asanuma, I., (2003) Characterization of time series power spectra from multi-temporal NOAA-AVHRR data and its relationship with various external and internal forcings
    • Proceedings of the ISPRS Commission VII WG6 - International Workshop on Monitoring/Modeling Global Environmental Change, Kyoto, Japan
    • Aban, J.E.L., Tateishi, R., & Asanuma, I., (2004) Characterization of NOAA-AVHRR NDVI Time Series Power Spectra and its Linked Relationship with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO)
    • 1st International CLIVAR Science Conference, Baltimore, MD USA
    • Aban, J.E.L., Duane, W., & Yong, G., (2011) The Potential Impact of Urbanisation on Climate Change Brunei Darussalam
    • 44th EAROPH & IFHP Regional Planning Conference 2011 "Managing Urban Growth: Challenges for Small Cities". Brunei Darussalam
    • Aban, J.E.L., & Yong, W., (2012) Mangroves in the Inner Brunei Bay: Updating the Knowledge Base using QuickBird Satellite Imagery
    • 11th Brunei Research Council (BRC)
    • Aban, J.E.L., (2012) Tsunami Hazard Simulation Mapping of Northeast Japan Using SRTM Data
    • 33rd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), Pattaya, Thailand
    • Villa Real, L., Aban, J.E.L., & Husain, S.A., (2013) A Novel Noise Removal Algorithm for Vertical Artifacts on Digital Elevation Models
    • 34th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), Bali, Indonesia
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1990) Methane, a Fuel from Decaying Matter
    • Inquiry. Science and Mathematics Education Journal for Teachers Volume 5, No. 4
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1990) Comet to grace night sky this month
    • Manila Chronicle Volume 32, No. 260
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1990) Lunar Eclipse to occur on Feb. 10
    • Philippine Daily Inquirer
    • Aban, J.E.L., (1990) The Wonders of Holography
    • SciTech - a Magazine on Science and Technology Volume 4, No. 7

Trainings

    • EC-ASEAN National Radar Training Course, European Space Agency
    • Philippines NASA AirSAR Technical Workshop, NAMRIA, Makati City, Philippines
    • NEDA-ITC Meeting on Geographic Information Technology for Local Government Units, Sulo Hotel, Quezon City, Philippines
    • Japan International Cooperation Agency-sponsored Global Mapping Course, Geographical Survey Institute of Japan, Tsukuba, Japan
    • [National Delegate] Space Generation Forum (SGF) - 3rd United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) [Signatory to the Vienna Declaration of the SGF; & National Liaison Officer to the UNISPACE III], Vienna, Austria
    • Seminar Workshop on the Inter-Agency Task Force on Geographic Information (IATFGI) Plenary Workshop on GIS Definition, Classification and Policies, NAMRIA
    • Land Use Change and the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle in Asia, Kobe, Japan
    • GOFC Regional Fire Workshop: Southeast Asia Regional Needs and Capabilities for Satellite-based Fire Monitoring, Earth Observation Center NASDA, Tokyo, Japan
    • CEReS International Symposium on Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Validation of Satellite Data, Chiba University, Chiba, Japan
    • CEOS SAR Workshop 2001 - Working Group on Calibration and Validation, Earth Observation Center NASDA, Tokyo, Japan
    • Earth Observation Conference, Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
    • International Symposium on LUCC Contribution to Asian Environmental Problems, Science Council of Japan, Tokyo, Japan
    • International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2002, Toronto, Canada
    • Symposium on Indonesian Environmental Monitoring 2003 (SIEM2003), Chiba University, Chiba, Japan