Estimating Rice Paddy Extent and Production with ALOS-2/PALSAR-2 and INAHOR-AD ADBx

Enrollment is Closed

About This Course

This is the online version of training carried out under the Asian Development Bank's "Innovative Data Collection Methods for Agricultural and Rural Statistics" program (TA-8369). The technical assistance was conceptualized to promote the use of satellite-based technology in formulating and monitoring food security policies. It was implemented in four pilot countries the Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam where the agriculture sector's contribution to the economy and employment remain significant. The program resulted in new software development (INAHOR-AD), in-country training, and this online training program on the use of satellite data for agricultural and rural statistics.

Students who achieve a total score of 70% and higher on the problems, quizzes and final exam are eligible for a certificate.

This course is made possible through the generous contribution of the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) and the support of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).


Prior experience with geographic information system (GIS) software is helpful but not required. Familiarity with spreadsheets is assumed.

Course Staff

Thomas Ballatore

Thomas Ballatore

Dr. Thomas Ballatore, a teaching fellow at Harvard University, is co-founder and director of the Lake Basin Action Network, a global, nonprofit organization of environmental professionals dedicated to empowering people in developing countries in the use of geospatial technologies for lake conservation. Thomas has over 20 years experience working in Asia and Africa and has served as a consultant for organizations such as IUCN, JICA, UNEP, USAID, and the World Bank. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban Engineering from the University of Tokyo as well as a B.A. in Political Science, a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a certified GISP.

Frequently Asked Questions

What web browser should I use?

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See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

Who can enroll in the online training course?

The course is open only to all interested participants who currently reside in ADB member countries.

How can I get access to the course software and images?

Please write to for information about how to receive copies of the INAHOR-AD software and PALSAR-2 images used in this training course and for any other technical matters.

What are the system requirements?

Trainees will require a computer running the 64-bit version of Windows to allow for installation of the virtual machine that will run the INAHOR software. Note that this software will not work on 32-bit systems.

  1. Course Number

  2. Classes Start

    Jan 01, 2018
  3. Classes End

    Dec 31, 2018
  4. Estimated Effort

    3~5 hours/week