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Shimla: Smt Sarojini Ganju Thakur, Additional Chief Secretary (Environment, Science & Technology) said that action needs to be taken at various levels to implement Disaster Management Plan in the State. She was inaugurating a two-day workshop on 'Training Need Assessment for Disaster Management in Himachal Pradesh' organized by State Council for Science, Technology and Environment in collaboration with Revenue Department at Himachal Pradesh Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) here today.

Smt Thakur stressed upon the need for swift, timely and appropriate action, keeping in view the vulnerability of the State to earthquake, flash floods and other natural or man made hazards. She said that State Government had taken a slew of concrete measures for disaster management. The State Government had recently entered into an MoU with Gujarat Government to set up a geo-informatics centre, named as Aryabhatta Geo-Informatics and Space Applications Centre (AGISAC) to carry... read more

Publishing Date: 26/04/2011

WAM New Delhi, Apr 20 (WAM)--The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched three satellites today. The primary mission of the launch was to put a sophisticated earth observation satellite, Resourcesat-2, which has three cameras and another system to monitor the movement of ships.

India now has a total of 10 satellites for remote sensing of earth and ocean waters, and a few more are due to be launched to track the movement of very small vessels as a result of the 26/11 terror attacks on India's commercial capital of Mumbai by killers who had infiltrated through the sea.

One of the other satellites belonged to the Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University, and the other represented the joint Indo-Russian project called Youthsat for atmospheric studies. Both these are mini.

ISRO used its highly successful workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) to lift the three satellites, weighing a total of 1404 kg. The rocket was fired from Sriharikota... read more

Publishing Date: 21/04/2011

The second NIDM/UN-SPIDER workshop on ‘Space Technology Application in Disaster Management and Emergency Response’ took place at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, from 28 to 30 March 2011. The aim of the workshop was to impart Disaster Managers with the knowledge on applications of space technology for disaster management and to help in bridging the gap between the geo-spatial and disaster management functionaries at various levels, both within States of India and of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). It was a continuation of the first workshop that took place in January 2011 at NIDM. A total 25 invited participants from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives attended the workshop. They represented State Disaster Management Authorities, middle level administrators of Departments of Disaster Management and faculty members of Administrative Training Institutes and State Remote Sensing Application Centres.
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Publishing Date: 05/04/2011

India's space program has a vital role in realising sustainable development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday, asking the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to give priority to tele-education, tele-medicine and village resource centre services. 

Addressing ISRO scientists linked countrywide from its facility here, the prime minister said space-based applications are a very potent means of bridging the divides in society through reducing the cost of access to space. 'This requires expediting the development of heavy lift launchers, advanced propulsion systems, including the cryogenic stage, and recoverable and reusable launch systems.

The other major goal before us is the socio-economic empowerment of our people, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai siad. The Satellite Instructional Television Experiment, which was the brainchild of this Centre, demonstrated for the first time how space technology could be used for broadcasting and for reaching the benefits of... read more

Publishing Date: 28/03/2011

The Delhi State Assembly approved Delhi Geo-spatial Data Infrastructure (Management, Control, Administration, Security and Safety) Bill, 2011. It seeks to use geospatial technology for planning and executing various development projects and utility services. The office of GIS system would be responsible for transmitting relevant information to the monitoring centres. These would be super-imposed on the data residing in the GIS system and the changes would be identified and investigated. The data would also be of use in better disaster management.

The Bill was aimed at creating, updating, managing, disseminating and sharing for Delhi geo-spatial data, maps, system, application and portal to serve as a base for planning and executing various development projects. A common... read more

Publishing Date: 25/03/2011

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to launch Resourcesat 2, a remote sensing earth observation satellite, by the end of February, officials said Monday.

Remote sensing satellites send back pictures and other data for various uses. India is a major player in providing such data in the global market. The Resourcesat-2 will replace Resourcesat-1 launched in 2003, which has outlived its original mission life of five years.

According to ISRO officials, the satellite has reached the Sriharikota rocket launch centre around 80 km from Chennai and tests are being conducted. The satellites will be carried by the ISRO’s polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV). The launch will be between Feb 20-25 in the morning.

The PSLV will also be carrying two other small satellites made in Singapore and Russia. With nine orbiting satellites and the tenth one to join in February, India has the largest number of remote sensing satellites in the world providing... read more

Publishing Date: 08/02/2011

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will provide the satellite images of Sabarimala to the State Government for the infrastructure development of the area in a bid to prevent disasters such as Pulmedu stampede in future, K Radhakrishnan, ISRO Chairman, said.

The Pulmedu stampede on Friday night claimed 102 lives.

He was speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of an international conference on Contemporary Trends in Optics and Optoelectronics at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology here on Monday.

"ISRO has now three dimensional (3D) images of Sabarimala taken by three satellites equipped with remote sensing imaging technology. These images will be handed over to Centre for Earth Science Studies (CESS) for future use. The images can be used to assess the geographic features of even the unapproachable lands and improve infrastructure in Sabarimala area," he said.

"ISRO, in association with the Union... read more

Publishing Date: 19/01/2011

President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Singh will enter into a new collaborative agreement between NOAA and the India Ministry of Earth Sciences that aims to improve India’s monsoon forecasts. The agreement is part of a series of food security agreements formalized this week during the president’s visit.

Under the agreement, the U.S. will create a monsoon forecast desk at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, part of NOAA’s National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. Visiting atmospheric scientists from India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences will collaborate with NOAA scientists to share knowledge and skills to improve the Climate Forecast System (CFS) for long-range forecasts of the monsoon.

Source: NOAA

Publishing Date: 18/01/2011

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launched in to service a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Nanjing, China.

The Mechanism provides satellite products for general drought monitoring and higher resolution products for identified high drought risk areas, and assists its members in developing localized products and services for relevant decision making. Space capable countries in the region committed to provide satellite information based technical services through the Mechanism, to drought prone ESCAP member countries to help them achieve effective monitoring and early warning of drought events so that the Governments and relevant stakeholders will have more lead time to take measures in preventing drought hazards become major disasters.

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Publishing Date: 16/09/2010

1 February 2010 - The workshop on "Space Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction" at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of India took place from 11 to 13 January 2010. It was organized with support from UN-SPIDER. Although India is well-known for its space technology and applications, the need to assess its use in disaster management was articulated specifically by the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA). While the central Government provides policy guidelines, SDMA are responsible for their implementation.

Experts from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), NIDM, UN-SPIDER, and disaster management authorities shared their experiences of using Remote Sensing/GIS for disaster management. Participants provided recommendations on the following topics:

  1. Policies interventions at the state level to develop capacities and get access to space-based and geo information
  2. Effective data sharing for the use of geo-information for... read more
Publishing Date: 02/02/2010

Beneath northern India’s irrigated fields and densely populated cities of Jaiphur and New Delhi, the groundwater has been disappearing. Around the world, hydrologists, including Matt Rodell of NASA, have been hunting for it.

Where is northern India’s underground water supply going? According to Rodell and colleagues, it is being pumped and consumed by human activities -- principally to irrigate cropland -- faster than the aquifers can be replenished by natural processes. They based their conclusions on observations from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). (Source: NASA)

For further information, please visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/india_water.html

Publishing Date: 17/08/2009

Image shows anomalies in rainfall between July 14 and July 20, 2009. Most of India and Bangladesh are brown, showing that less rain fell than average during the week. One of India’s primary crop areas is in the north, where less rain has fallen. According to BBC News, Bangladesh had received 40 percent less monsoon rain than normal by July 20, triggering fears of food shortages. (Source NASA)

More information: http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=39481
 

Publishing Date: 29/07/2009

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Flood risk mapping, modelling and assessment using space technology

The programme included theory lectures and experience sharing by the experts. The theory lectures covered climate change and disaster risk reduction, adaptation to enhanced floods, concepts of flood inundation mapping, operational flood alert system of ISRO, monitoring and damage assessment using Space technology, global flood detection system and flood inundation modelling using HEC tools....

Date of training: 22/07/2013 to 26/07/2013
Space technology for disaster risk management and emergency response

The overall objective of this international training course was to strengthen the capacity of participants in understanding how space-based information, services and solutions can be used to reduce disaster risks and losses. The participants were exposed to relevant space-based geoinformation (remote sensing, GIS, satellite positioning systems) and communication technologies and their...

Date of training: 09/04/2012 to 04/05/2012
Space technology for disaster risk management and emergency response

The event provided a platform to the State Disaster Management Authorities and providers of space based information (State Remote Sensing Applications Centres, National Remote Sensing Centres of Indian Space Research Organisation) to discuss latest systems, tools, technologies, products and best practices. The resources persons provided the latest trends in disaster risk reduction and space...

Date of training: 02/04/2012 to 04/04/2012
Workshop on Space Technology Application in Disaster Management and Emergency Response

It aimed at increasing awareness among staff of disaster management authorities with regard to the use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction, in cooperation with State and regional remote-sensing applications centres.

Date of training: 28/03/2011 to 30/03/2011

Advisory Support

UN-SPIDER supported a training workshop on the topic “Space technology for Disaster risk management and emergency response” at the National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, from 2 to 4 April 2012. It was the third such training workshop organized jointly by the National Institute of Disaster Management and UN-SPIDER.

Mission dates: 02/04/2012 to 04/04/2012

In spite of India’s prominence in the domain of space technology and applications, it was still deemed necessary to assess the use and implementation of the latter in disaster management. In January 2010 a first workshop organized by UN-SPIDER and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) took place. To continue these efforts and follow up with the recommendations proposed in 2010, a second workshop was organized.

Mission dates: 28/03/2011 to 30/03/2011

In spite of India’s prominence in the domain of space technology and applications, it was still deemed necessary to assess the use and implementation of the latter in disaster management. That need was specifically taken up by the State Disaster Management Authorities (SMDA) who are mainly responsible for implementing the policy guidelines provided by the central Government of India. Consequently a workshop was organized.

Mission dates: 11/01/2010 to 13/01/2010

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WCDM 2020 picture of floods. Image: WCDM

World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) is a unique initiative of DMICS to bring researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world in the same platform to discuss various challenging issues of disaster risk management. The mission of WCDM is to promote interaction of science, policy and practices to enhance understanding of risks and advance actions for reducing risks and building resilience to disasters.

The Conference will discuss various topics, including:

  • Remote Sensing, GIS and Drones for Disaster Risk Management
  • Early Warning of Hydro-Meteorological Disasters: Tasks Ahead
  • Early Warning of Earthquakes: How Far, How Near
  • Operationalising Early Warning of Landslides
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence for Managing Risks of Disasters
  • Emerging Technologies for Climate & Disaster Resistant Agriculture
The Conference will provide in-depth analysis of the following... read more
Global Congress on Climate Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction logo. Image: CEED
The major thrives of this congress will be discuss and develop an integrated Climate Resilience Ecosystem that will address Future Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity Development of Vulnerable Communities for Sustainable & Inclusive Growth and Subsequently publish a White Paper that will be submitted to the Government of India and the State Government.
 
The Conference will discuss different topics, including:
  • Application of GIS & Remote Sensing for Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Costal Vulnerability and Adaption strategies
  • Water Security and Risk Management
  • Management of Solid Waste for Sustainable Development
  • Climate and Carbon Financing
  • Sustainability and Inclusive Growth
  • Extreme weather Events
  • Global Warming and Coastal Risks
  • Multi hazard Early Warning Systems
  • Water Resource Sustainability and Security
  • Application of GIS& RS for... read more
Postgraduate courses at CSSTEAP

The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) was established in India in November 1995 with its headquarters in Dehradun at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) which is a unit of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Government of India.

The Centre has been imparting education and training, helping participants in developing research skills through its Master’s degree and Post Graduate courses. This is achieved through class-room (theory and hands-on exercises), group discussions, field campaigns and pilot projects in the field of space science and technology. These programs aim at capacity building for participating countries in designing and implementing space-based research and application programs.

The Twelfth P. G. Diploma Course in Space and Atmospheric Science (SAS-12) is one of the disciplines covered by the Post Graduate Programmes offered by CSSTEAP and conducted at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad... read more

Postgraduate courses at CSSTEAP. Image:CSSTEAP

The educational programme of the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) is oriented towards the dissemination of knowledge in relevant aspects of space science and technology. The emphasis of the Centre is to deliberate on education and research of natural resources management along with linkages to the global programmes/databases, pilot studies, continuing education and awareness and appraisal programmes. The curriculum has been developed under the auspices of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the guidelines emerged from the meetings held for Education Curriculum Development for the Centre at Granada, Spain in February/March 1995.

The courses offered are the following:

(I) Post Graduate Programme: The Centre offers Post Graduate level courses in different fields. P.G. Courses of nine months duration are organised in the following disciplines:

Postgraduate courses at CSSTEAP. Image:CSSTEAP

The educational programme of the Centre is oriented towards the dissemination of knowledge in relevant aspects of space science and technology. The emphasis of the Centre is to deliberate on education and research for natural resource management along with linkages to the global programmes/databases, pilot studies, continuing education & awareness and appraisal programmes. The curriculum has been developed under the auspices of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UN-OOSA) and the guidelines emerged from the meetings held for Education Curriculum Development for the Centre at Granada, Spain in February/March 1995.

(i) Post Graduate programme: P.G. Diploma Courses of nine months duration are organised in the following disciplines:

  • Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (RS and GIS) (at IIRS, Dehradun)
  • Satellite Communications (SATCOM) (at SAC, Ahmedabad)
  • Satellite Meteorology and Global Climate (SATMET) (at SAC,... read more
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Image: IIT Roorkee.

In the last two decades, Asia has experienced numerous disasters caused by geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards impacting human settlements, both rural and urban. There is a paradigm shift in disaster management with a growing emphasis on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The gradual recognition of ecosystem-based DRR as an efficient risk reduction tool is turning the development focus on blue-green infrastructure for settlements. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), a programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), is ensuring that all countries and relevant international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle. 

Due to unprecedented urbanization and inadequate understanding of the connection between ecosystems and human settlements, we are facing... read more

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