SEARRIN was first established in 1993. The network was established in Manila, Philippines, for monitoring LUCC in South/Southeast Asia. Later, the network started to focus on Fires and Greenhouse gas emissions. The network was revived in 2014 with vibrant annual meetings and training events with the support of the National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) through JAXA funding and cost-sharing from multiple other international and national sponsors. In recent years, SEARRIN activities have been pursued as joint collaborative activities with SARI (South/Southeast Asia Regional Initiative). SEARRIN members have been actively participating in these activities.
SARI's vision is to develop innovative research, education, capacity building, and training programs involving state-of-the-art remote sensing, natural sciences, engineering, and social sciences useful for US and South Asia country researchers. Moreover, we would like to emphasize fundamental ecological and social processes, including climate changes that reflect regional concerns relating to LCLUC and impacts that cut across regional boundaries. Some of the vital land use/cover change drivers identified by the SARI researchers in SEARRIN countries are shown in the figure.
This network is being expanded, and we are eagerly looking for international collaborative research and network opportunities with other network researchers. To strengthen this network, we are engaging in international programs such as MAIRS, GEO-GLAM, SARI, HARVEST, etc.