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Zhuoting Wu provides technical training to the Mekong River Commission
Zhuoting Wu, USGS Mendenhall fellow, has just returned from Cambodia where she taught a 6 day training course for 22 representatives from the four countries (Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos) of the Commission. Under the auspices of the DOI International Technical Assistance Program's Land Cover for Climate Capacity (LC4Climate), Zhuoting developed training materials with her fellow instructor for a course on "Technical Training for Land Cover Mapping using the USGS Global Land Cover Methodology."
The LC4Climate project is funded by USAID Global Climate Change program. One of its major objectives is to enhance the capacity of developing country partners to improve techniques to generate and/or update existing land cover information using satellite imagery. The second major objective is to use the national level land cover datasets to improve the high resolution U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) global land cover database. Therefore, in providing the USGS Global Land Cover Methodology training to the participants from the four countries, and understanding their expertise and future goals in land cover mapping, the USGS has gained additional partners to improve the Global Land Cover dataset and research.