REMOSAT, Laboratory for REmote sensing and MOdelling of Surface and ATmosphere


  • Director: Assoc. Prof. Ngo Duc Thanh, USTH
1. History and Objectives
The research laboratory of the Department of Space and Aeronautics, REMOSAT, was set up in 2016. REMOSAT stands for REmotesensing 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. Partnership
From France: CNES, Observatoire de Paris, Université Paris Diderot, Université Paris-Est Créteil (Laboratoire Interuniversitaires des Systèmes Atmosphériques (UPEC-LISA), Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO)

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

5. Available funding
  • 01 ObjectifLabo project (50K$)
Expected budget from external sources:
# Funding authority Period Total budget Currency
1 French Embassy (granted) 2015-2016 15 K€
2 VNU (granted) 2015-2017 20 K$
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$

6. REMOSAT team
French Institutions Members
Thuy Le Toan, Centre d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphere (CESBIO), France
Catherine Prigent, Paris Observatory, France
Nicolas Delbart, Paris Diderot University, France
Filipe Aires, Paris Observatory, France
Damien Gratadour, University Paris-Diderot
Gérard Rousset, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris - University Paris-Diderot
Ha Tran, Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), France
Martin Schwell, UPEC
Vietnamese Institutions Members
Lam Dao Nguyen, Vietnam Southern Satellite Technology Application Center, VAST
Phan Van Tan, VNU Hanoi University of Science
Nguyen Van Hiep, Institute of Geophysics, VAST
USTH Members
Ngo Duc Thanh, REMOSAT's PI
Marine Herman, WEO Department
Tong Si Son, SA Department 
Tran Duc Dung, research assistant
Nguyen Dac Da, PhD student, WEO
Pham Duc Binh, PhD student, currently in Paris Observatory
Trinh Bich Ngoc, PhD student , WEO - SPACE
Nguyen Thi Tuyet, PhD student