My expertise

My past research includes the remote sensing of vegetation [1], analysis of land use land cover changes and the process behind [2], unmanned aerial vehicle for aerial photogrammetry, and land evaluation and assessment of human-environment sustainability [3].

My expertise is in Geo-environmental science, combining Geography and Environmental Science. I focus on spatial phenomenon, which providing a unique viewpoint on changes in the human-physical environment that will shape our future. From rapid changes in the tropical rain forest to the changes in local climate dynamics [4] that slowly but surely are increasing global temperature. A global economic network that affects societies around the world, I am addressing fundamental challenges in physical, environmental and social science.

I employ the newest remotely-sensed data, innovative environmental sensing [4], powerful spatial-analytic tools, using open source and freeware [5] to understand a variety of processes: the role of vegetation in the urban environment [6]; the historical land use land cover changes and GHG emission [7]; land use changes that lead to climate changes [8]; and rapid transformation of the urban environment [9]; I also provide information that essential for efficient planning of sustainable urban development and responses to the urban climate phenomenon [10].

I carry out fundamental research to understand socioeconomic processes such as the globalization of supply and demand networks, the welfare of farmer and smallholders in Indonesia and the impact of innovation-sustainable policies to the socioeconomic and environmental [11, 12].

My future work will primarily focus on understanding how human-environmental relationship shape sustainable development through combining social methodologies and remote sensing in the case of land use land cover changes. The study case of agricultural expansion and oil palm plantation will be evaluated through employing UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) in local scale. I will utilize a diversity of techniques including: analysis of large aerial-image data sets, behavioural experiments, theoretical analysis, and land use modeling and simulation in order to obtain an accurate models of interaction in human-environment. From this work I will try to build mobile Geo-library system.

This system applies web-based platform using open source software and application. The methodology is based on mobile environmental education using one car facilitated with internet connection, a server, 6 notebooks, a global positioning system, lock satellite equipments, and one unit of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). The car will be moving around in the region that is highly vulnerable of human and/or natural disaster. The input data are spatial information based on aerial photogrammetry, and local knowledge in changing environment surrounding their living environment. People with knowledge about local condition will be interviewed about certain location on screen map and aerial photo combined with satellite imagery, to give information about human activities, observations on the landscape, and other earth surface phenomena. This interview will also be video-recorded. All information is location-based and, to aim the purpose of this study, all local knowledge will be input to GIS system and WebGIS application that fully accessible will be built. This WebGIS application will allow transfer of information to the other area. To ensure that the data is secure, user will be asked to register for access to WebGIS. The data set will be created using open source Quantum GIS and PostGIS software. The expected output is that people with lower education level will have better Geo-literacy to understand their dynamic environment.

By providing mobile Geo-library, building their Geo-literacy based on their local knowledge and combined with scientific findings, disasters can be mitigated and environmental issues can be anticipated. Their historical environmental knowledge will be documented in WebGIS system. Additionally, this system will be up to date every one year and accessible from anywhere, so that this information is highly valuable for the local people in particular, and for others who need information about the region as well.

The innovation of this system is that the system will be supported with local languages. Another innovative aspect of this system is the use of existing technologies combined with free open source software to solve not only environment-physical problems, but also a socioeconomic problem in local level. This system will provide valuable data not only to farmers, local government, and researchers, but it can also help to broaden public awareness.

In conclusion, my past and future research are trying to understand the process of changes, recording the environmental history, exploring sustainable solutions, and finally shaping the sustainable future.

[1] F. Ramdani. Analysing variety of vegetation indices values using different methods for
mapping oil palm closed-canopy composition in southern Riau Province, Indonesia. Geoscience
and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International doi:
[2] F. Ramdani. Changes in Land Use due to Development of Plantation in Sumatera and
Kalimantan Island under Economic Globalization. Master Thesis in Earth Science Department,
Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Japan
[3] F. Ramdani. Sub-Urban Growth Impact in The Wetland Environment. Case Study: Rawa
Danau Nature Reserve. the 10th International GeoConference SGEM 2010. doi:
[4] F. Ramdani. Comparing of lineaments extraction from ALOS and Landsat images for
supporting exploration of geothermal field in Indonesia. Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352243
[5] F. Ramdani. Lecturing on satellite imagery processing and GIS based on internet and open
source software. Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2011 IEEE
International doi:10.1109/IGARSS.2011.6050129
[6] F. Ramdani. 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
[7] F. Ramdani. Land Use Changes and GHG Emissions from Tropical Forest Conversion; Oil
Palm Plantations in the Riau Province, Indonesia. 2013 (under peer-review process in
International Journal)
[8] F. Ramdani., T. Moffiet., M. Hino. Changes in local climate due to expansion of palm oil
plantation in Indonesia. 2013 (under peer-review process in International Journal)
[9] M. Hino and F. Ramdani. Urban growth of New Delhi Metropolitan City, India. Journal of
Tohoku Geographical Association. 2013
[10] F. Ramdani. Spatio-temporal analysis of urban temperature in Bandung City, Indonesia.
2013 (under peer-review process in International Journal)
[11] F. Ramdani., J. Jupesta., M. Hino. Analysis of palm oil expansion: The case of
technological changes in biofuel production in Indonesia. 2013 (under peer-review process in
International Journal)
[12] F. Ramdani. Combining remote sensing information and policy changed to monitor oil
palm expansion in tropical country, Indonesia. GCOE Symposium 2012. Achievements of GCOE Program for Earth and Planetary Dynamics and the Future Perspective. 25-28 September
2012, Sendai, Japan


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