Courses at NRM for August 2018 Semester

We are pleased to announce the courses offering for August 2018 semester at NRM academic program.

Department-wide Courses

ED52.03  (required)
Introduction to Development and Sustainability 2(2-0)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Dr. Vilas, Nitivatannanon, Prof. Kyoko kusakabe

ED52.9005 (required)
Introduction to Research Design 2(2-0)
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha, Dr. Sohee Kim, Dr Sylvia Szabo

NRM Courses

ED76.01 (required)
Ecological Principles for Natural Resources Management 3(3-0)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki

ED76.16 (required)
Land Resources Management 3(3-0)
Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha

Natural Resources Management Issues in Asia 1(1-0)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra P. Shrestha, Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka, Dr. Nicolas Faysse

Society and Natural Resource Management 3(3-0)
Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka

Natural Resources Economics 2(2-0)
Dr. Takuji W. Tsusaka

REDD+ 3(3-1)
Dr. Nophea Sasaki and Dr. Toshiako Owari (University of Tokyo)
(Special lectures by Dr. Andreas Langner, Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

We look forward to welcoming new students to our NRM courses.

REDD+ Course for 2018 Intake

Natural Resources Management program of the Department of Development and Sustainability is pleased to announced the new course on REDD+. This course is available from August 2018 intake and Dr. Nophea Sasaki will be the instructor.

Brief Introduction to the REDD+ course

The REDD+ or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation, plus Conservation of Forests, Sustainable Management of Forests, and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks is the climate change mitigation scheme of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The entry into force of the Paris Climate Agreement further strengthens the need for the REDD+ scheme for achieving mitigation target set out in the Nationally Determined Contributions. The course objective is to provide students with most recent knowledge of the REDD+, its policy and rules; forest carbon accounting with modern technologies; methodologies for identification of the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, for introduction of the appropriate REDD+ activities for reducing the drivers, and for measurement of performance; and REDD+ development and financing.

Please come and join us.

NRM’s Forestry and Agriculture Subject was ranked Top 2018

Forestry and Agriculture subject of the Natural Resources Management academic program of the Department of Development and Sustainability, Asian Institute of Technology has been ranked top among study subjects at top universities worldwide, according to the QS Top Universities 2018 Rankings by Subject, which was released on 28 February 2018.

NRM Mini Workshop 2018: GEE and Drone Applications

Applications of Google Earth Engine and Drone for Forest Carbon Measurement and Monitoring – Implications for the REDD+ Scheme

Date: 9 July 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00
Venue: Room S101, SERD at Asian Institute of Technology
Fees: No fee, no sponsor
Audiences: Anyone can participate. To allow for better arrangement of the classroom, please kindly register here.

Google Earth Engine (GEE) has been increasingly used for natural resources assessment and monitoring because of its huge data availability at no cost and tools for use at scale. Apart from GEE, drone has also been used for similar purposes as well as for biodiversity conservation. A combination of GEE and drone has been increasingly adopted for forest carbon measurement, forest carbon and health monitoring. This mini workshop is organized to introduce the latest applications of both technologies and discuss the future wider use of these applications for large-scale for in forest carbon measurement, carbon and health monitoring in the tropics. Results of the workshop could provide useful tools for monitoring REDD+ activities and accounting for carbon emission reductions and removals in tropical countries under the REDD+ scheme.

Four talks will be given followed by discussions:

A Google Earth Engine Practice for On-demand Land Cover Mapping
Speaker: Dr. Hiroyuki Miyazaki, RS-GIS, Asian Institute of Technology

Operational Forest Degradation Monitoring in Semi/Evergreen Forests using Google Earth Engine
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Langner, Joint Research Centre, Directorate D—Sustainable Resources, European Commission

Determination of Thresholds for Eight Land Use Categories in Cambodia using a Combination of Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies
Speaker: Manjunatha Venkatappa, Dr. Nophea Sasak, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Using Drone, Google Earth Engine and Remote Sensing Technologies for Forest Carbon Measurement – Results from two Case Studies in Thailand
Speaker: Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Manjunatha Venkatappa, Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Registration is open until 5 July 2018. Register now.

Organized by Natural Resources Management, Asian Institute of Technology

Dr. Nophea Sasaki
Associate Professor and Chair of NRM
Asian Institute of Technology

NRM Welcomes New Faculty, Dr. Takuji Tsusaka

Dr. Takuji Tsusaka is an economist specialized in agriculture, poverty, social capital, technology adoption, and impact assessment. At NRM, he is expected to teach the following courses:

Natural Resources Economics (ED76.20)
Society and Natural Resources Management (ED76.14)
Quantitative Research Methods II (ED52.00XX)
Development Economics (ED52.00XX)

Dr. Tsusaka will also supervise Master and Ph.D students. Please come and join him.

Sustainability Workshop 2017

We are pleased to organize the first Sustainability Workshop “MANAGEMENT OF AIT CAMPUS FOREST FOR ECOSYSTEM SERVICES” to give opportunity for students to present their papers and for non-AIT students to learn how AIT students did their research. Date for this year is 16 May 2017.

Date: 16 May 2017 from 9:00 am – 12:20 pm
Venue: ROOM B202, AITCC


Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) campus forest is important for all residents and students living on campus because of the forest’s ability to provide fresh air, regulate micro climate, recreational activities, and other cultural services. These ecosystem services are well recognized globally but locally such services are overlooked. This workshop is organized to provide a forum for discussions on the management of urban forest ecosystem (i.e. university campus forests) for various ecosystem services for better living environment and low-carbon society. Four talks will be delivered by NRM faculty and graduate students followed by breakout session. A breakout session is organized to brainstorm the opportunities for achieving long-term carbon neutral sustainability at AIT campus.

This 1/2 day workshop will contribute to the AIT’s sustainability action.

Tentative Program

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-8:35 Introduction to workshop by Dr. Nophea Sasaki
8:35-8:40 Welcome remarks by Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, SERD Dean
Group Photo
8:40-9:05 Management of Forest Ecosystem for Carbon Emission Reductions in AIT Campus
Vasan Narang

9:05-9:30 Management of Forest Ecosystem for Bioenergy Generation in AIT Campus
Wu Szukuang

9:30-10:55 Resident Perceptions toward Forest Ecosystem Services in AIT Campus
Nophea Sasaki

10:55-11:20 Geospatial Applications for AIT Campus Forest
Manjunatha Venkatappa

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

11:20-12:20 Breakout Session on AIT Sustainability Planning
Chair by Prof. Sivanappan Kumar, VPAA

12:20 Lunch and End

We still have more spots for presentation. If you are interested in giving a presentation, please send us the title of your talks with abstract of 100-150 words by 1 May 2017.

To help us arrange the classroom and coffees, we ask that you kindly register here

Thai students may use this opportunity to seek advice on how to apply for AIT admission under the RTG scholarships for August 2017 intake.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at AIT Conference Center.

Nophea Sasaki
Organizing Committee

NRM Seminar Series 2017

You are cordially invited to attend an special talk, NRM Seminar Series 2017

Title: Telecouplings in the East-West Economic Corridor
Speaker: Dr. Stephen J. Leisz, Associate Professor of Geography, Colorado State University, USA.

Date: 3rd March 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00
Room: S101 SERD Building
Registration at

The conceptual framework of telecoupling seeks to explicitly link land changes in one place, or in a number of places, to distant, usually non-physically connected urban, and in some cases rural, locations. This conceptual framework is offered as a new way of understanding land changes; rather than viewing land-use and land-cover change through discrete land classifications that have been based on the idea of land-use as seen through rural-urban dichotomies, path dependencies and sequential land transitions, and place-based relationships. Focusing on the land-use and land-cover changes taking place along the East-West Economic Corridor that passes from Dong Ha City in Quang Tri, Vietnam, through Sepon District, Savannakhet, Laos, this presentation makes use of data gathered from fieldwork and remote sensing analysis to examine telecouplings between sending, receiving and spill-over systems on both sides of the Vietnam-Laos border.

About the Speaker
Stephen Leisz’s work is focused in the field of land change science. Through the use of remote sensing data, social science fieldwork, and GIS, he investigates the human-environment interactions that lead to land-use and ultimately land-cover changes over local and regional landscapes. His current research focus is on the way that changing livelihood systems in present day Southeast Asia influence land use and land cover changes at local and regional levels, and by extension how these changes influence ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, biodiversity) and local economies. In the past he has researched potential climate change impacts on biodiversity and human societies in Melanesia and investigated the relationship between land and natural resource tenure systems and land-use/cover changes in parts of Africa and Madagascar.

Call for Journal Papers

Dr. Nophea Sasaki, Prof. Rajendra Shrestha, and their colleagues around the world are calling for papers for a Research Topic of three participating Frontiers Journals below:

Research Topic: Tropical Forest Management and Climate Change Mitigation
Participating Journals:
Frontiers in Environmental Science
Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Frontiers in Plant Science

For more information about this call and submission, please go here

RTG Fellowship for 2017

 Deadline Extended: 21 December 2016

About the Fellowship Program

The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand is offering applicants to its Master and Doctoral degree programs an opportunity to qualify for generous academic fellowships. A large number of no-bond RTG Fellowships are available for students applying for postgraduate programs offered at AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET); School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD); and School of Management (SOM). As Asia’s leading international higher learning institute, the RTG Fellowships are intended to increase the number of skilled international scientists, engineers and managers required to meet the future challenges of the emerging Asian Economic Community region and beyond.
Application Deadline Extended to 10 December 2016

Eligibility requirements to be considered for RTG Fellowships

  • Thai nationals only.
  • Having English proficiency not lower than IELTS 5 or equivalent or AIT English Entry Test.For students admitted with
    IELTS lower than 6.0, they required to take English class to fulfill the Exit requirement of IELTS 6.0.
  • Priority is given to Master degree applicants.
  • A four-year Bachelor degree from a recognized university is required.
  • Applicants to MBA programs require a minimum of one-year’s relevant work experience.

RTG Fellowship

  • Full Study Cost Fellowships (752,000 Baht Award). This fellowship covers the entire study cost of a Master program. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • 75% Study Cost Fellowships (564,000 Baht Award). Recipients pay study cost of one semester, or 188,000 Baht. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • 50% Study Cost Fellowships (376,000 Baht Award). Recipients pay study cost of two semesters, or 376,000 Baht. Requirement: Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Fellowships for Doctoral applicants vary depending on their academic credentials. Normally, eligible applicants should have attained a Cumulative GPA of 3.5 in their Master program and 3.0 in their Undergraduate program.

Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

Please be informed that the above scheme is to be used as guidelines of the Selection Committee, but not necessary means that every applicant with the required GPA will receive the corresponding amount of the fellowship. The final decision will rest totally with the Selection Committee.

Fellowships cover tuition and registration fee, but do not cover accommodation fees or living expenses.

Please be informed that the above scheme is to be used as guidelines of the Selection Committee, but not necessary means that every applicant with the required GPA will receive the corresponding amount of the fellowship. The final decision will rest totally with the Selection Committee.

For more information please visit Admissions Website. Interested applicants may apply here or contact the AIT Admissions Office at Tel: 02-524 5032, 02-524 5033 E-mail

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