Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
Vietnam National Space Center
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Department of Spatial Informative System and Modeling


Department of Spatial Informative System and Modeling (SSM) was established in January 2015 with five members. Functions and tasks of SSM are:


  • To be a focal point in the management of LOTUSAT satellite images including receiving, processing, and informative integration for the applications of space technology in Vietnam;
  • To receive advanced image processing technology, research on development, mastering and transfer of satellite image processing technology.


  • Research on satellite image pre-processing technology, satellite image processing steps from raw data, satellite image processing and information extraction from satellite images;
  • Research on technologies of image enhancement, image combination, image classification and interpretation technology, and technology of information extraction from satellite images;
  • Standardization and format of satellite image database pre- and post-processing for multiple utilization purposes of Department of Satellite Technology Applications and other customers in the future;
  • Research on integrating applications of satellite technology including satellite navigation technology, remote sensing, GIS etc. in various topics such as agriculture and rural development, fishery, Earth sciences etc. for socio-economic development, disaster risk management and national security;
  • Research on methods and models to integrate spatial data and information with other types of data for multiple social and environmental issues such as monitoring of air/water quality, flood control, dynamic morphology, coastal and estuary evolution, weather forecast, climate change, disaster response and recovery, diseases etc.

Manager of SSM Department: Dr. Vũ Anh Tuân

Address: R. 312, 3rd Floor, Building 2A, 18 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Ha Noi, Vietnam






There are five members at SSM Department with diverse backgrounds in Earth Sciences such as atmospheric science, geography, geodesy and cartography, hydrology and water resources, applied mathematics and informatics.

N Name Position Qualifications Background Research interests Email
1 Phạm Thị Thanh Ngà Head of Department Doctor Atmospheric Science Remote sensing data processing
2 Lê Thị Thu Hằng Researcher Master Geodesy – Cartography System and database management
3 Nguyễn Thị Thu Thủy Researcher Master Geography Modeling and informative integration
4 Lộc Thị Thúy Linh Researcher Bachelor Applied mathematics and informatics Applied information technology and multispectral image processing
5 Ngô Văn Dương Researcher Engineer Hydrology and water resources Computer sciences and image processing

Research topics

  • Research and development on satellite image processing, especially radar images to transfer and effectively utilize for the purposes of economic development, natural resource monitoring, disaster risk management etc. with multiple processing steps such as pre-processing, image enhancement, image classification etc.
  • Development of methods for integrating spatial and non-spatial data to create customized database for various application topics for Vietnam and ASEAN region in the future.

Current projects

No. Project title Period Funding source
1 Utilizing geospatial technology to assess health vulnerability to climate change for rural population in Vietnam and Philippines 8/2015 – 7/2017 Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
2 Investigation of using remote sensing in damage assessment of typhoons making landfall in the Central region of Vietnam 4/2014 – 4/2016 National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED)
3 An assessment of spatial and temporal changes of wetlands and wetland ecological significance using remote sensing and GIS in the Red River estuarine area, Vietnam 10/2014 – 9/2016 International Foundation for Science (IFS)
4 Research on developing an information system for management and monitoring of forest covers of the Central Highlands using multi-resolution and multi-temporal remote sensing technology 10/2012 – 9/2015 Central Highlands National Program No. 3 (in collaboration with Space Technology Institute)


Journal papers

  1. Pham, N. T., K. Nakamura, F. A. Furuzawa, and S. Satoh, 2008: Characteristics of Low Level Jets over Okinawa in the Baiu and post-Baiu Seasons revealed by Wind Profiler Observations. J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 86, 699-717.
  2. Pham, T.N., 2005: Analysis of heavy rainfall cases during period 1993-2002 based on products from global model GSM. NCHMF Scientific research collection papers (2000-2005), VI, 124-136.
  3. Pham T.T.N. and T.T.B. Nguyen, 2004, Evaluation of Rainfall Estimated from satellite images GMS-5 by comparing with surface observations, Scientific and Technical Hydro-meteorological Journal (THMJ), HMS of Vietnam, 517, 34-45.

Other publications (conferences, other publications)

  1. Pham T.T. Nga, Nguyen Tien Cong, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy. (2015). Characteristics of tropical cyclone damages in agriculture along the Central coastal region of Vietnam. Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2015 Proceedings. Singapore.
  2. Pham T.T. Nga, Vu Anh Tuan, Nguyen Tien Cong, Nguyen Thi Thu Thuy, Le Thi Thu Hang, 2014. A Study of Relationship Between Vegetation and Rainfall for the Central Highland Region of Vietnam. Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2014 Proceedings, Sapporo, Japan.
  3. Thuy T. Nguyen, Pham Thi Thanh Nga, Nguyen Tien Cong, 2014. Forest Disturbance Detection Using NDVI Data and Phenology Information in the Central Highlands, Vietnam. Poster presentation at 12th Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Conference – PORSEC 2014, Bali, Indonesia.
  4. Thuy T. Nguyen, Miguel Coulier, Oanh Luong Nhu, Ian Wilderspin, 2012. A preliminary analysis of disaster and poverty data in Quang Binh province, Vietnam. UNDP CO, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  5. Nhu, O.L, Thuy N. T. T., Wilderspin, I. and Coulier, M. 2011. A preliminary analysis of flood and storm disaster data in Viet Nam. UNDP CO, Hanoi, Viet Nam.
  6. Nakamura, K., N. T. T. Pham, F. Furuzawa and S. Satoh, 2009: Diurnal Variation of Low Level Jet Around Okinawa Island, Japan During Baiu Season. Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS) 6th Annual Meeting, Singapore, AS17-A001 (2009.8.11-15) (Invited talk).
  7. Pham and K. Nakamura, and F. A. Furuzawa, 2008: Characteristics of Low Level Jets Over Okinawa in Warm Season Revealed by 400-MHx WPR Observations. Asia Oceania Geoscience Society (AOGS) 5th Annual General Meeting, Busan, Korea, AS16-A008 (2008.6.19)
  8. Pham, T. T. N., K. Nakamura, F. A. Furuzawa, S. Satoh, 2008: Characteristics of Low Level Jets over Okinawa observed with 400 MHz Wind Profiler. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria, EGU2008-A-0308 (2008.4.14-18) (Poster).

Education – Collaboration

International collaboration

  • Hydrospheric Atmospheric Research Center (HyARC), Nagoya University, Japan
  • Department of Economics on Sustainability, Dokkyo University, Japan
  • Department of Medical Technology – University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  • Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
  • Information and Community Technology Department (ICT), University of Science and Technology Hanoi (USTH)

Products and Services

SSM Department provide the following analysis products and services:

  • Satellite image processing tools from pre-processing, image enhancement, information extraction from satellite images;
  • Databases of standardized pre- and post-processing satellite images for various utilization purposes;.
  • Solutions, spatial and non-spatial data integration and analysis services with customized databases for multi- and inter-discipline applications, particularly in monitoring of air/water quality, flood control, marine resources management, coastal and estuary evolution, climate change, disaster response and recovery, diseases etc.