About me

FatwaFatwa Ramdani was born in Balikpapan, Indonesia, on June 19. He received the B.Sci degrees in Geography (Remote Sensing and GIS Application in Earth and Land Observation) from University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia, in 2007. Master of Science degree in Geo-environmental Science from Tohoku University, Japan in 2011 and Integrated Doctoral Program degree in Geo-environment (Land Assessment and Evaluation towards environmental Sustainability) Tohoku University, Japan in 2014. From 2007 to 2009, he was active in Geo-spatial work in Indonesia as Geo-spatial Manager, with the Indonesian Governmental Agency or with Non-Government Organization. His main interests include the remote sensing of vegetation, analysis of land use land cover changes and the process behind, unmanned aerial vehicle for aerial photogrammetry, and land evaluation and assessment for land sustainability. In June 2010 he was awarded as the best presenter in International Geo-science Conference, Bulgaria, Europe. He is member of Tohoku Geographical Association, Japan Geoscience Union, International Society for Optics and Photonics, Association of American Geographer (AAG), and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society.

On weekends he usually go sightseeing to places of historic and or places that have beautiful natural scenery around the Tohoku Region, Japan as an act of gratitude for all the blessings from ALLAH SWT.

Scientific Publications:


1. Transformations for More Easily Interpreted than the Original Data (data fusion between SPOT and Landsat Imagery). Desember, 2007

2. WebGIS Land Management System. May, 2009 (Published at SEASC-South East Asian Survey Congress 2009 at BALI, AUGUST, 4-7, 2009. INDONESIA)

3. The Advantages of SPOT5 for Land Use And Urban Mapping at Scale 1:20.000. Study Case: Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau Province (Published at The 4th International Conference “Earth from Space – the most Effective Solutions”. MOSCOW. DECEMBER, 1-3, 2009. RUSSIA. Published and Presented in oral session at Symposium of Science, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, SENDAI, FEBRUARY 16, 2010. JAPAN) –>> Paper on this link

4. Sub-Urban Growth Impact in The Wetland Environment. Case Study: Rawa Danau Nature Reserve (Published and Presented in oral session THE 10th ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL GEOCONFERENCE SGEM 2010, INTERNATIONAL MULTIDISCIPLINARY SCIENTIFIC GEO-CONFERENCE & EXPO. Modern Management of Mine Producing, Geology

5. Wetland environmental degradation; Analysis on impact of land use land cover change in the rawa danau nature reserve, vegetation respond and hydrological vulnerability. International Conference in Environmental Change and Migration. September 2010, German

6. Monitoring of Changes in Land Use due to Development of Plantation in Indonesia under Economic Globalization. Published and Presented in oral RS/GIS session in The 5th Japan-Korea-China Joint Conference on Geography, 7-10 November 2010, Sendai, Japan


7. Mobile Geo-library; Sustainable Environmental Monitoring & Education based on Local Knowledge, February 2011

8. Lecturing on Satellite Imagery Processing and GIS based on Internet and Opensource Software. Presented in oral session. IGARSS 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 24-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada

9. Study on Surface Energy Balance Using 8-Band High Resolution Optical Sensing; Optimizing Ilwis 3.7.1 Open Source Software. IGARSS 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 24-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada

10. Multi-Angle Worldview-2 Imagery Data Fusion for A Better Urban Vegetation Extraction. Data Fusion Session,  IGARSS 2011 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 24-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada


11. Comparing Lineaments Extraction from ALOS and Landsat Images for Supporting Exploration of Geothermal Field in Indonesia. IGARSS 2012 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 22-28 July 2012, Munich, Germany

12. Analyzing Variety of Vegetation Indices Values Using Different Methods for Mapping Oil Palm Closed-Canopy Composition In Southern Riau Province, Indonesia. IGARSS 2012 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium. 22-28 July 2012, Munich, Germany

13. Combining remote sensing information and policy changed to monitor oil palm expansion in tropical country, Indonesia. GCOE Symposium 2012. Achievements of G-COE Program for Earth and Planetary Dynamics and the Future Perspective. 25-28 September 2012, Sendai, Japan

14. Overcoming the Oil Palm Industry Dilemma with SESAR Strategy (link 2)


15. Spatio-temporal analysis of urban temperature in Bandung City, Indonesia. (Urban Ecosystem, DOI: 10.1007/s11252-013-0332-1)

16. GHG emissions from tropical forest conversion by oil palm plantations in Riau Province, Indonesia.  (PLOSONE [Public Library of Science] Journal. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0070323.

17. Monitoring large scale-oil palm plantation expansion in eastern Indonesia.  (6th Tohoku Symposium of Science, February 21st, 2013)

18.  Extraction of Urban Vegetation in High Dense Urban Environment with Application to Measure Inhabitants Satisfaction of Urban Green Space. Journal of Geographical Information System. April 2013

19. Urban Vegetation Mapping from Fused Hyperspectral Image and LiDAR Data with Application to Monitor Urban Tree Heights. Journal of Geographical Information System. August 2013


20. Local surface temperature change due to expansion of oil palm plantation in Indonesia (Climatic Change, DOI: 10.1007/s10584-013-1045-4)


21. Inexpensive method to assess mangroves forest through the use of open source soft-ware and data available freely in public domain

22. Historical Urban Land Use Transformation in Virtual Geo-Library


Another Publications:

1. Kampung Terang PPIJ

2. Manfaat Sensus

3. Menimba Ilmu di Jepang

4. Geo-wisata: Upaya Tohoku region menarik wisatawan asing untuk pemulihan dari bencana, meningkatkan ekonomi pedesaan dan menanggulangi populasi pedesaan yang terus menurun

5. Belajar dari Kota Shiroishi Dalam Upaya Pemulihan Perekonomian yang Berbasis Keunggulan Lokal (bag. I, bag. II, bag. III, bag. IV)

6. Public Participation in Remote Sensing (PPRS): Integration of Local Knowledge and Technology-Based Surface Temperature Change Monitoring

7. How Remote Sensing could utilised to “feed” 9 billion people by 2050?

8. The changing demographic profile of Tohoku University students from Indonesia



  1. I NAME is shabaz hadi the part surving of kurdstan iraq i need a image pliss send me image surving

  2. Dear Fatwa,
    Have you tried application of the first three PPS index transformations (PPSG,PPSB,PPSW) to any of your Landast ETM or ETM+ images and compared them with Tasseled Cap (Brightness,Greennesss and Wetness) transformations applied to the same image/s?
    If not, and if you are interested, then :
    ^ Choose an image/sub-scene that containes water, agricultural crop and forest.

    ^ To apply the transformations use the as published eigenvectors given in table 2 of “Motivation, development and validation of a new spectral greenness index:
    A spectral dimension related to foliage projective cover” (Apply these in the same way that you would apply the Huang Tasseled Cap eigenvectors)

    ^ apply the angular conversions using published the spectral focus

    ^ Use colour stretches indicated in caption of figure 6.

    I would be interested in how the transformations compare. For example, I would be interested in your interpretations of a 3-layer Tasseled Cap transformed image compared to a 3-layer PPS transformed image.

    Contact me by email if you need more information on how to apply PPS transformations. I have not worked in field of Remote Sensing since I completed that paper. I have never applied PPS index transformations to any images outside of Queensland Australia.

    Trevor Moffiet

  3. Dear Reis,

    I do really sorry for late reply, because I was in the field work trip last month. I sent my paper to your email. Thx


  4. can you teach me how to get temperature information from landsat image band6, couse it appears in pseudo color.tengs

  5. assalamualaikum. saya memerlukan peta yang menunjukkan penambahan luas perkebunan kelapa sawit di kalimantan timur sejak 1970 hingga saat ini. apa mas fatwa punya rujukan lembaga mana yang bisa saya tuju? terima kasih.

  6. waalaykumsalam, sampai saat ini sy tdk menemukan ada lembaga yg menyediakan resmi data2 tsb 😉
    untuk Kaltim sejauh analisa sy, sawit baru ada pada period 1990s

  7. Assalamualaikum Mr. Fatwa.
    Saya ingin menggunakan algoritma NDVI pada citra Worldview-2. Tetapi komposit warna yang saya punya hanya natural color saja. Apakah bisa ya pak?


  8. Waalaykumsalam wr wb

    Coba dicek dulu di ENVI (software image processing), apakah data anda memiliki semua band yg dibutuhkan untuk analisa NDVI (Red and NIR).
    Klo ada berarti bisa, klo sudah jadi file image biasa (natural color) sepertinya tidak bisa, tapi coba aja dicek dulu


  9. As.Alaikum Pak Fatwa
    Sy mo estimated Abovegound biomass in oil palm plantation in SOuth Sulawesi Indonesia using Lidar data and Ifsar data.
    boleh sy dapat alamat email pak Fatwa?
    ini alamt email sy: putri_idaw@yahoo.com
    mksh pak

  10. As.Alaikum Pak Fatwa.

    Saya sangat tertarik dengan artikel yang ditulis oleh bapak tentang surface temperature land..saya sangat newbie tentang remote sensing. apakah sya bisa berdiskusi dengan bapak..?. ini alamt email saya : margareth_85@yahoo.com
    maksih pak.

  11. Assalamualaikum Pak Fatwa, salam kenal, saya Agha. Saya ingin membaca jurnalnya yang berjudul “Comparing of lineaments extraction from ALOS and Landsat images for supporting exploration of geothermal field in Indonesia”, akan tetapi semuanya berbayar, sehingga saya tidak bisa mengakses secara penuh. Apakah bisa dikirimkan ke email saya apabila anda berkenan? email saya agha.achmad@yahoo.co.id. Terima kasih atas tanggapannya.

  12. Pak Fatwa,
    Saya bekerja di BLH Provinsi Kalteng, tadi yampe ke sini selagi mencari-cari cara menggunakan Landsat 8 TIRS untuk persiapan menghadapi kemarau tahun depan. Biasanya orang hanya anggap hotspot sbgai titik api dan hidup mati dengan NOAA/AVHRR data. Saya sudah search tetapi tdk ada yang pakai integrated, MODIS Aqua (sekitar 10 pagi) MODIS Terra (sekitar 14.30?) dan AVHRR (yang malam, jam …), maksud saya mengejar chance ttik panas adalah titik api secara free apalagi bila itu api sengaja oleh perkebunan, dll. susah karena scope per 1 hotspot 1 km2 jadi kalau bisa integrated MODIS-NOAA, dilihat confidence level dan Fire Radiative Powernya kemudian secepatnya dilihat pada LAndsat 8 yang akan lewat, urutan tindakan akan lebih efisien, efektif dan scientific.
    Sekali lagi terima kasih atas tulisannya.

  13. Pak Fatwa

    Can I get your email address so as to communicate in private. I need some assistance in the whole concept of geoinformatics

  14. Salam Pak Fatwa,

    Saya mau mengetahui lebih jelas tentang teknologi yang Bapak kembangkan. Saya sudah email ke Bapak email saya ke email di atas. Terima kasih.


  15. Hi mas Rico,

    Saya sudah cek inbox, tapi tidak menemukan email dari anda. Untuk lebih jelas mengenai teknologi yg saya kembangkan silahkan datang ke Fakultas Ilmu Komputer UB, Malang. Saya tunggu ya!


  16. Greetings, Mr. Fatwa!
    I am one of your audience from your latest seminar in Makassar, currently a 2 semester student. Frankly, I was fascinated by the satellite images you showed us that day explaining the sedimentation of Makassar from year to year.
    Right now I am facing some difficulties taking similar images, and wondering if you could share some of the sites or software you’re using to took them.

    Bunch of thanks beforehand.

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