Climate Change and Disaster Management

Theme: S&T Capacity Building in Climate Change – Way Forward


Geoinformation and Cartography in Early Warning And Disaster Management 24 Jan 2017 0900 - 1100 hrs
ModeratorMilan Konecny, Chair - Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management, International Cartographic Association, Czech Republic
ModeratorMilan Konecny Chair - Commission on Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management
International Cartographic Association
Czech Republic
KeynoteProf Mike Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography, University of California, USA
KeynoteProf Mike Goodchild Emeritus Professor of Geography
University of California
KeynoteDr Shailesh Nayak, Distinguished Scientist, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
KeynoteDr Shailesh Nayak Distinguished Scientist
Ministry of Earth Sciences
KeynoteDR. AKHILESH GUPTA, Adviser & Head, SPLICE & Climate Change Programme, Department of Science & Technology, India
KeynoteDR. AKHILESH GUPTA Adviser & Head
SPLICE & Climate Change Programme
Department of Science & Technology
KeynoteProf Michele Campagna, Associate Professor of Spatial Planning, University of Cagliari, Italy
KeynoteProf Michele Campagna Associate Professor of Spatial Planning
University of Cagliari
Geo-information as actionable information for climate change resilience 24 Jan 2017 1400 - 1530 hrs
Gopal Raman Iyengar, Scientist-G, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
Gopal Raman Iyengar Scientist-G
Ministry of Earth Sciences
Dr. M. Mohapatra, Sc. G (Services), Indian Meteorological Department,
Dr. M. Mohapatra Sc. G (Services)
Indian Meteorological Department
Dr. G S Srinivasa Reddy, Director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre,
Dr. G S Srinivasa Reddy Director
Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre
Steve Laming, Managing Director, Aerial Survey Limited, New Zealand
Steve Laming Managing Director
Aerial Survey Limited
New Zealand
STEVEN RAMAGE, Senior External Relations Manager, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Switzerland
STEVEN RAMAGE Senior External Relations Manager
Group on Earth Observations (GEO)
Freddy M. Pranajaya, Deputy Director, Innovation, Space Flight Laboratory, Canada
Freddy M. Pranajaya Deputy Director, Innovation
Space Flight Laboratory
Vijay Choudhury, Sales Engineer (3D Documentation), FARO India, India
Vijay Choudhury Sales Engineer (3D Documentation)
FARO India
Securing Habitats and Resources24 Jan 2017 1630 - 1800 hrs
Basanta Shrestha, Director, Strategic Cooperation Directorate, International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
Basanta Shrestha Director, Strategic Cooperation Directorate
International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
Dr M. Bhutiyani, Director, Defence Terrain Research Laboratory,
Dr M. Bhutiyani Director
Defence Terrain Research Laboratory
Michael Mayer, Assistant Director International Sales, RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems, Austria
Michael Mayer Assistant Director International Sales
RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems
Zhang Le, Director, Forestry GIS Application Department, KQ GEO Technologies Co., Ltd, China
Zhang Le Director, Forestry GIS Application Department
KQ GEO Technologies Co., Ltd
DR. PURIVASAN, Scientist, Indian Meteorology Department -Delhi, India
Indian Meteorology Department -Delhi
Omkar Parishwad, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Pune, India
Omkar Parishwad Assistant Professor
College of Engineering, Pune
G. Prasad Babu, Founder & CEO, Geo Climate Risk Solutions Pvt. Ltd,
G. Prasad Babu Founder & CEO
Geo Climate Risk Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Proposed Program Outline

24 January 2017

0900–1100 hrs

Geoinformation and Cartography in Early Warning And Disaster Management

1100–1230 hrs

Networking Tea/Coffee Break and Visit to Exhibition

1230–1400 hrs

Networking Lunch

1400 – 1530 hrs

Geo-Information as Actionable Information for Climate Change Resilience

1530–1600 hrs

Networking Tea/Coffee Break

1630–1800 hrs

Securing Habitats and Resources


Climate change and natural disasters are global phenomenon with impacts across borders. No single country has the resources to fight climate change and its impacts on its own. Hence, international collaboration and multi-disciplinary approach are required to advance climate research and monitoring by ensuring that national investments are coordinated and mutually supportive, and to strengthen the ability of governments to minimise impacts.

The one-day programme on Climate Change and Disaster Management at Geospatial World Forum 2017 will bring together diverse stakeholders and experts to deliberate on the critical role of geoinformation in addressing climate change and disaster concerns and the requisites for its successful implementation. It will create an atmosphere of dialogue on the required policy frameworks, understanding application areas of geoinformation, and the requisite collaborations to strengthen the technological capacities.

Main Themes

Geoinformation and cartography in early warning and disaster management

A number of cartographic developments, such as map derivation technologies, crowdsourcing and neocartography techniques and location-based services are supporting disaster mitigation efforts. Risk maps enable decision makers, experts, and the general public to understand the risks prevalent around them. Modern cartography also has a significant role to play in quickly disseminating crucial information. This session will bring out the role and application of geospatial information and cartography in early warning and disaster management.

Geo-information as actionable information for climate change resilience

Geospatial technologies provide spatial analysis that helps inform decision-making and policy-making by helping people understand the potential impacts of climate change, their options for the most effective actions. Geospatial information helps visualise and analyse impact of climate change on various phenomena ranging from extreme weather events to food production to natural resource management and natural disasters such as drought, vegetation, flood damage, forest fires, deforestation, and other natural disasters. This session will highlight the geospatial tools in the hands of stakeholders as actionable information to understand, analyse and act upon climate change impacts.

Securing habitats and resources

A key concern in the face of climate change and disaster management is safeguarding the aspects most impacted - sectors tied to natural resource base including agriculture, water and forestry, and also ecologically sensitive habitats such as mountains, coastal areas impacted by sea level rise, and deserts. Informed management decisions can only Information about how landscapes might change and resulting impacts to habitat quality and connectivity is needed to make informed management decisions. This session will highlight how geoinformation is facilitating informed decision making to secure habitats and resources.

Programme Objectives

  • Discuss the role of geoinformation and geospatial technology in addressing climate change issues
  • Showcase the application of geoinformation in reducing climate change risks and mitigating impacts
  • Discuss scope of multi-disciplinary and international collaboration
  • Discuss the role of industry in facilitating technology uptake
  • Identify the requisites for technological capacity building

Target Audience

  • Professionals actively involved in climate and disaster sectors
  • Policymakers
  • NGOs, consultants and research organisations
  • Data, technology and solution providers