Currently, our research focuses on the application of Geoinformatics to the utilization of bio-resources, agricultural and medicinal production as well as suitability evaluation and impacts of land uses, bio-resources, agricultures, industries and environment of selected project sites. Our core research programs are categorized as follows
The aims of this program is to apply Geoinformatics as well as seeking indigenous, appropriated or advanced technologies for crop modeling and utilization of various field crops. Modeling production of economically important crops of the nation, for instances, sugarcane, oil palm, and cassava is of our current emphasis. The world is facing energy crisis. Consequently, fossil fuels are rapidly depleted and bio-energy becomes an alternative supply for such circumstance. Major source of that energy is from agriculture. To meet that high energy demand, tools for enhancing the production per area is of interest. In doing so, systems approach is required for landuse management. The advantages of Geoinformatics in database management and spatial visualization facilitate policy and decision makers in several aspects such as suitability and production zoning. With respect to this, we have constructed various spatial database needed for the application, for instance, the Sugarcane (Saccharum) Spatial Database Development for Production Improvement and Supply Management.
Land degradation is one of the most important problems where agricultural practices and land conversion have a great impact on soil fertility. The land degradation assessment therefore is necessary for soil conservation and landuse management planning. Geoinformatics has capability of handling and deriving spatial information. Hence Geoinformatics became a standard tool in landuse management. Within this area, we are currently put an effort on soil salinity zoning in the northeast of Thailand.
Ecosystem is a functional unit that results from the interactions of abiotic, biotic and cultural components within an environment. They are a combination of interacting, interrelated parts that form a unitary whole. Natural ecosystem, made up of abiotic factors including sun energy, air, water, topography, soil and rock. The biotic factors are plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. The abiotic and biotic are interlocked through cycles of energy, air, water and chemical elements. Our research focuses on developing Geoinformatics and database toolkit for data acquisition (data input), analysis, and presentation. This also includes the spatial distribution of plant and wildlife species. All of these eventually can be used as the decision support.