Science Committee

The Science Committee is the highest-level committee with responsibilities for overseeing and monitoring the progress and quality of the projects that are designed to implement the DBAR Science Plan. The members of this committee will be appointed by the Chair of this committee, and may include a representative of the engagement committee, and the Chairs/Co-Chairs of the various working groups and task forces. It will ensure that the DBAR Science Program conforms with good practice in terms of data policy, data availability and data stewardship. The Science Committee will develop appropriate criteria for both internal and external evaluations, and will define the milestones and deliverables that should be reached during the implementation of the DBAR Science Program during its three different phases. It will be responsible for supervising the work carried out by the various working groups and task forces. The Science Committee will guide the work of the Engagement Committee to ensure that the objectives of developing networks of user communities in the various Belt and Road countries, as well as the capacity building and technology transfer aspects of the DBAR Science Plan are adequately addressed. It will provide daily guidance and be supported in its work by the DBAR Secretariat. The Science Committee may, from time-to-time, set up some Ad-Hoc Committees or Sub-Committees, to carry out certain specific tasks such as drafting of special reports, liaising with donors, funding institutions and the private sector, and for interfacing between the working groups, Task Forces and the Science Committee.

An external evaluation committee will be set up to evaluate the scientific quality and progress of the implementation of the DBAR Science Program at the end of each of the phases of the project, and report their findings to the Science Committee.

Three evaluations are foreseen as follows:

  • E1-end of startup phase;
  • E2-Midterm evaluation at the end of Phase II (implementation phase 1);
  • E3-final evaluation with recommendations on the need and desirability as well as the scope and content of a follow-up program.

Specific Terms of Reference for the External Evaluation Committee will be drawn up by the Science Committee.

A working group liaison sub-committee may be set up to act as the interface between the working groups, task forces and the Science Committee. The working groups and task forces Co-Chairs will co-operate with this committee, made up of representatives of the working groups and task forces and some members from the Science Commitee.


  • GUO Huadong

    GUO Huadong is a Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), an Academician of CAS, a Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), and a Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). He presently serves as President of the International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE), Director of the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the Auspices of UNESCO, Director of the CAS-TWAS Center of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM), and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth. He served as President of ICSU Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA). He has over 30 years of experience in Earth observation, specializing in radar remote sensing and Digital Earth science. He has been Principle Investigator for over 30 major national projects in China, and Principle Investigator for 7 international radar remote sensing projects. Prof. Guo has published more than 400 papers and sixteen books, and is the principal awardee of sixteen domestic and international prizes.


  • LIU Jie

    Ms. LIU Jie obtained her B.A. ……


  • John van GENDEREN

    Professor van Genderen obtained his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Queensland, Australia. His M.Sc. was in remote sensing from the ITC in the Netherlands, and his Ph.D. in remote sensing was obtained from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom in 1972.
    For the past 45 years he has been active in remote sensing techniques and applications in Developing countries. In terms of methodologies, his specialties have been image processing, Image and data fusion, SAR interferometry and signal processing. In terms of Applications, he has published highly cited articles in the fields of natural and man-induced disasters, coastal zones, etc.
    He has supervised dozens of post-graduate students, and has acted as an external examiner for such students in many countries, including many of the Belt and Road countries.


  • JIA Gensuo

    JIA Gensuo is a Professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the Director of START Regional Center for East Asia. He also serves as coordinating lead author (CLA) of UNEP Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6), CLA of the 3rd China National Assessment Report on Climate Change, member of the Review Panel for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Program, and member of ICSU ROAP Steering Group on Natural Hazards and Risk. Prof. Jia has broad research interests in terrestrial ecology and atmospheric sciences, including multi-scale remote sensing of land surface processes, land use and cover changes, ecosystem-climate interactions, climate extremes and disaster risks, and climate change impacts and adaptation. First author of book "Towards a Sustainable Asia: Environment and Climate Change".

  • LIN Hui

    Dr. Hui Lin, Chen Shupeng Professor of Geoinformation Science of Geography and Resource Management Department, and Director of Institute of Space and Earth Information Science, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, has been working in urban and regional remote sensing and GIScience field since 1982 as a scientist, educator, program leader, institute director, and leaders of international academic societies. He is the Founding president of prestigious International Association for Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Science (CPGIS), Council Member of Asian Association of Remote Sensing (AARS), Member of the Scientific Committee of the International Center on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Vice chairman of China National Committee of International Society of Digital Earth. 

  • Massimo MENENTI

    Prof. Massimo Menenti is an internationally renowned scientist in the fields of earth observation and global terrestrial water cycle.  His outstanding achievements have been attained in the aspects of surface parameter retrievals from remote sensing, remote sensing-based evapotranspiration (ET) estimation, time series analysis of remote sensing products, and the application of remote sensing technology in hydrology and climate models. He is one of the earliest researchers in using laser radar technology to measure surface aerodynamic roughness. He initiated the use of time series analysis techniques to extract information from satellite data. He presented the surface energy balance index (SEBI) theory for ET estimation, which is the prototype of the following S-SEBI, SEBS and SEBAL models. He held senior research positions in The Netherlands, France, USA and Italy and has coordinated many large European projects with participants from Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

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