Research group for Remote sEnsing and MOdeling of Surface and ATmosphere (REMOSAT)

  • Group leader: Assoc. Prof. Ngo Duc Thanh, USTH
  • Location: REMOSAT is located on the 6th floor of USTH main building, on VAST Campus
1. History and Objectives
The research group of the Department of Space and Aeronautics, REMOSAT, was set up in 2016. REMOSAT stands for Remote sEnsing and MOdeling of Surface and ATmosphere. Targeting international standards, REMOSAT is expected to have significant contributions to the development of research and applications related to remote sensing and modeling in Vietnam, as well as to the teaching and training programs of USTH. The lab is being developed, focusing on the 3 following axes:
  • Earth observations and modeling,
  • Satellite technologies,
  • Astrophysics.
In the next five years (2016-2020), REMOSAT is projected to become a strong research group in remote sensing and modeling with at least 5 permanent Vietnamese PhD researchers and obtain a strong support and collaboration with French colleagues. REMOSAT will develop its capabilities to prepare the best conditions required at the future USTH Hoa Lac campus.
2. Current research activities
 Several research projects are under construction and implementation, including:
  • Regional climate Modeling and Climate Change projections: This research topic will be conducted under the framework of the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment - Southeast Asia (CORDEX-SEA), a regional collaborative effort with the participations from key modeling researchers in the SEA countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The research on surface-atmosphere, ocean-atmosphere coupling systems will be particularly emphasized. Satellite data will remarkably serve as model inputs as well as be used for model validation.
  • Development of a remote sensing data center and associated services to promote researches and applications of remote sensing data in Vietnam.
  • High performance computing with GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) for aerospace science
  • Vietnamese contribution to the SVOM (Space-based multi-band astronomical Variable Objects Monitor) mission, which is a new generation gamma ray burst (GRB) mission.
  • Laboratory Infrared instrumentation for space and environmental science applications, aiming at implementing a small infrared laboratory for high precision spectroscopic measurements on gaseous molecular compounds relevant for atmospheric pollution and climate change.
3. Selected publications
  1. Nguyen-Xuan, T., T. Ngo-Duc, H. Kamimera, L. Trinh-Tuan, T. Phan-Van, 2016: The Vietnam Gridded Precipitation (Vn GP) Dataset: construction and validation, Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere, 12, 291-296, doi:10.2151/sola.2016-057. 
  2. Ngo-Duc, T., F.T. Tangang, J. Santisirisomboon, F. Cruz, L. Trinh-Tuan, T. Nguyen-Xuan, T. Phan-Van, L. Juneng, G. Narisma, P. Singhruck, D. Gunawan, E. Aldrian, 2016: Performance evaluation of Reg CM 4 in simulating Extreme Rainfall and Temperature Indices over the CORDEX-Southeast Asia Region, International Journal of Climatology, doi: 10.1002/joc.4803.
  3. Katzfey, J, K. Nguyen, J. Mc Gregor, P. Hoffmann, S. Ramasamy, H.V. Nguyen, V.K. Mai, V.T. Nguyen, B.K. Truong, V.T. Vu, H.T. Nguyen, V.T. Phan, Q.T. Nguyen, T. Ngo-Duc, T.L. Trinh, 2016: High-resolution projections for Vietnam – Methodology and evaluation of current climate simulations, APJAS, 52(2), 91-106. doi: 10.1007/s13143-016-0011-2
  4. Juneng, L., F. Tangang, J. X. Chung, S. T. Ngai, T. W. The, G. Narisma, F. Cruz, T. Phan-Van, T. Ngo-Duc, J. Santisirisomboon, P. Singhruck, D. Gunawan, E. Aldrian, 2016: Sensitivity of the Southeast Asia Rainfall Simulations to Cumulus and Ocean Flux Parameterization in RegCM4, Climate Research, 69, 59-77. doi:10.3354/cr01386.
  1. Đinh Bá Duy, Ngô Đức Thành, Nguyễn Thị Tuyết, Phạm Thanh Hà, Phan Văn Tân, 2016: Đặc điểm hoạt động của Xoáy thuận Nhiệt đới trên khu vực Tây Bắc Thái Bình Dương, Biển Đông và vùng trực tiếp chịu ảnh hưởng trên lãnh thổ Việt Nam giai đoạn 1978-2015. Tạp chí Khoa học ĐHQGHN: Các Khoa học Trái đất và Môi trường, 32(2), 1-11.
4. Partnerships

*) National Partners:
Hanoi National University of Education (Department of Physics)
Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC), VAST
Vietnam National University (VNU) Hanoi
Institute of Geophysics - VAST
WEO and ICT Departments - USTH

*) International Partners:
CNES, France
Observatoire de Paris, France
Université Paris Diderot, France
Université Paris-Est Créteil (Laboratoire Interuniversitaires des Systèmes Atmosphériques (UPEC-LISA), France
Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO), France

5. Available funding
  • 01 Objectif Labo project (50 K$)
Expected budget from external sources:
No Funding authority Period Total budget
1 French Embassy (granted) 2015-2016 15 K€
2 VNU (granted) 2015-2017 20 K$
3 APN (granted) 2014-2016 135 K$
4 APN (granted) 2016-2019 135 K$
5 JAXA PMM (granted) 2016-2019 75 K$
6 TOSCA 2016-2018 10 K$

No Full name Position University/Institute Remark
USTH Members 
1 Ngo Duc Thanh Group leader SPACE Department  
2 Marine Herman   WEO Department  
3 Tran Duc Dung Research assistant Master Student, SA Department  
4 Nguyen Dac Da   PhD student, WEO Department  
5 Pham Duc Binh   PhD student, currently in Paris Observatory  
6 Trinh Bich Ngoc   PhD student , WEO – SPACE Department  
7 Nguyen Thi Tuyet   PhD student  
Vietnamese Institutions Members
1 Lam Dao Nguyen   Vietnam Southern Satellite Technology Application Center, VAST  
2 Phan Van Tan   VNU Hanoi University of Science  
3 Nguyen Van Hiep   Institute of Geophysics, VAST  
French Institutions Members
1 Thuy Le Toan   Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphere (CESBIO)  
2 Catherine Prigent   Paris Observatory  
3 Nicolas Delbart   Paris Diderot University  
4 Filipe Aires   Paris Observatory  
5 Damien Gratadour   University Paris- Diderot  
6 Gérard Rousset   LESIA/Observatoire de Paris - University Paris-Diderot  
7 Ha Tran   Laboratoire Inter- Universitaire des Systemes Atmospheriques (LISA)  
8 Martin Schwell   UPEC