Workshop on Geospatial Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction - 17th December 2015, Jaipur, India

The workshop is organised by ISPRS WG VIII/1 - Disaster and Risk Reduction jointly with the Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS).

About ISPRS and Technical Commission-VIII

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) is a non-govern mental organization devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of photogrammetry and remote sensing and their applications. Established in 1910, ISPRS is the oldest international umbrella organization in its field, which may be summarized as addressing "information from imagery". It has eight Technical Commissions and one of the Commissions, TC-VIII, is devoted to 'Remote Sensing Applications and Policies'. Under the auspices of TC-VIII, nine Working Groups have been working towards its broad mission.The Working Group-1 is dedicated towards disaster and Risk Reduction and mainly on providing information support for disaster and risk reduction: Early warning systems, impact assessment, monitoring,develop resilience and risk reduction.

WG VIII/1 - Disaster and Risk Reduction Missions

ISPRS WG VIII/1 aims to promote the development of tools and methodologies that support disaster risk reduction by using remote sensing, GIS and enhanced predictive modeling capabilities in support of risk assessment, detection, early warning, monitoring, damage assessment and response. Towards this, the Working group will organize workshops/symposia to exchange latest developments as well as provide links to publicly available resources to support disaster risk reduction. Collaborate with ISPRS TC 1 and other relevant Working Groups as well as international bodies such as CEOS, IGOS & ICSMD to enhance remote observing capabilities

About the workshop

During the ISPRS inter-sessional period (2012-2016), each working group is mandated to conduct a workshop in the odd years (2013 and 2015) and the symposium in even years (2014). Our working group successfully organised a technical session in the TC VIII symposium held at Hyderabad in 2014. We also successfully organised a workshop at INCOIS in 2013 and have explored opportunities for organizing another workshop before the end of 2015. It is found that ISRS and ISG are organizing a national symposium during 16-18th December at Jaipur (http://isgjaipur.org/). This will be attended by more than 400 participants from India (majority) and abroad. During this event, proposed ISPRS event will be organized as an independent side event to address the objectives of WG-1 and emerging societal needs.

In view of the recent disaster in Nepal due to earthquake and landslides triggered by it, flood and cyclone in South Asia including Hudhud cyclone, Tsunamis,and extreme climate induced disasters in Himalaya, it is imperative to explore and apply space technology to reduce the impact of such disasters and mainstream remedial measures in development planning. Towards this, the most fundamental need is development of early warning systems, weather forecast models as stated by various stake holders including government agencies dealing with disaster management. Second most important aspect is improving quality of disaster response based on EO and GIS support as provided by various international (International Charter on Disasters) and national agencies. The whole idea is to optimize the space support during disaster preparedness and response to show how EO and GIS can make a difference in mitigation.


This workshop would like to address these issues and promote exchange of experience between experts,planners and stake holders involved in disaster management in South Asia.

  • Methods for generating a national disaster database for improved hazard and risk assessment;
  • Landslide hazard and risk assessment methods including for earthquake triggered landslides;
  • Earthquake hazard assessment including deformation studies using DInSAR, GNSS and microzonation
  • Developing SOPs for utilizing space technology during preparedness and response phase;
  • Development of early warning system for various disasters;
  • and Geospatial techniques for mitigation of flood,coastal and oceanogenic hazards

Themes of the workshop:

  • Theme-1: Spatial Database for Disaster Management
  • Theme-2: Spatial modelling for risk assessment
  • Theme-3: Landslide hazard and risk analysis
  • Theme-4: Earthquake hazard and risk analysis
  • Theme-5: Flood,coastal and oceanogenic hazard analysis
  • Theme-6: Space technology for disaster preparedness and response
  • Theme-7: Early warning system for disaster management and weather forecasting

Submission of papers

Abstracts of original research paper(s) covering one or more of the above topics are invited for presentation (either oral or poster) in the workshop. Abstracts not exceeding 1000 words to be submitted electronically to the Workshop Secretariat (isprs@incois.gov.in), by November 21, 2015. The Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee for selection and author(s) will be intimated about the acceptance and presentation either in oral or in interactive session by December 02, 2015.

The deadline for submission of full paper based on the accepted abstract is December 07, 2015. The full length papers should be prepared according to the ISPRS guidelines for preparing manuscripts (http://www.isprs.org/documents/orangebook/app5.aspx) and should not exceed 6 pages in length.Full papers will be published in a special volume

Target Audience

The workshop will be useful for students, academicians, researchers, technologists and administrators/planners involved in themes mentioned above.