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Independent experts nominated by country party

Akira Hirano

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Last name
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Date of Nomination
Discipline of Expertise
Other Disciplines
Natural Resource Management
Information Systems
Agricultural Sciences
UN languages spoken


Geographical Focus
Job function
Senior Researcher
Telephone number
+81 29 838 6346
Work experience
Engaged in variety of research projects that use satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technologies for environmental monitoring, natural resources management, and topographic mapping in the U.S., Kenya, Indonesia, China, and Mongolia. Major duties for project activities included pasture resources monitoring from space in Mongolia and semi-arid China, agricultural land use mapping in Indonesia, topographic mapping and spatial data infrastructure development in semi-arid Kenya, wetland vegetation mapping in the United States. Currently involved in an international collaborative research project for expedited pasturage mapping from space for the sustainable and climate-risk resilient pastoralism in the semi-arid of Mongolia.
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
Ph.D., Geography, University of Georgia, U.S.A., 2001
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Hirano, A. (2009) An attempt to characterize the changes in grasslands as agricultural resources in Mongolia, Proceedings of the 15th CEReS International Symposium on Remote Sensing, Center for Environmental Remote Sensing (CEReS), Chiba, Japan. _x000D_
2. Hirano, A., B. Batbileg, and K. Shindo (2008) Cost-effective pasture resources estimation from space, Proceedings, the 29th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), CD-ROM, Colombo, Sri Lanka. _x000D_
3. Hirano, A., K. Toriyama, and H. Komiyama (2006) Spatiotemporal characterization of Mongolian grassland based on vegetation trend analysis, Proceedings of the 27th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS), CD-ROM, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. _x000D_
4. Hirano, A. (2004) Topographic mapping using ASTER stereo for the semi-arid lands in northern Kenya, ASTER Science Team Meeting ASTER Workshop, Tokyo, Japan. _x000D_
5. Hirano, A. (2004) Topographic mapping from space for arid and semi-arid lands in northern Kenya, Proceedings of the 7th the Seventh International Seminar on GIS for Developing Countries (GISDECO), 22(1)-22(8), Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Other activities
1. Editing committee, Member, The Remote Sensing Society of Japan (RSSJ) _x000D_
2. Member, Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (JSPRS) _x000D_
3. Member, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) _x000D_
4. Member, Association of American Geographers (AAG) _x000D_
5. Member, ALOS Space Data Utilization Council
1. Best presentation paper, Japan Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (1995)_x000D_
2. Associated Scientist, Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping Science, UGA, U.S.A.
Organisation name
Japan Agricultural Land Development Agency
Organisation street address
1-1 Ohwashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8686
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