The First ‘Earthquake Research Project II: Hosting Site Survey’ Mission Accomplished in Thailand

With strong support from the National Digital Economy and Society Commission (ONDE) of Thailand, the first site survey for magnetometer deployment as a part of ‘the APSCO Earthquake Research Project Phase II: Integrating Satellite and Ground Observations for Earthquake Signatures Precursors’ was successfully conducted during 17-19 January, 2020 at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Prince of Chumphon Campus, Chumphon Province, Thailand.

The project team from APSCO and the National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSSC, CAS) visited the team from KMITL nominated by ONDE of Thailand, leading by Dr. Prasert Kenpankho, Editor in Chief, Journal of Industrial Education, King Monkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. 

On the first day, under the leadership of Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department, APSCO and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somyot Kaitwanidvilai, Vice President for Research and Innovations, KMITL, Thailand, discussion on the Site-Hosting Agreement between the two parties went on smoothly and reached mutual agreement. 

After two days of the field activity, two alternative positions have been pinpointed inside KMITL campus, based on recorded magnetic field gradient test data. As a conclusion of this survey, the ‘Site Survey Assessment and Installation Recommendation Report' has been jointly prepared by APSCO, NSSC, CAS and KMITL for guiding the equipment installation. Experiences gained from this first survey activity is very useful for the upcoming surveys in other APSCO Member States. APSCO would like to express sincere thanks and gratitude to ONDE and KMITL for their excellent supports and cooperation.

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