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Vol no. 18 Issue No. 119

Expert Panel

B Meenakumari

Former Chairperson, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai.

Ajit Tyagi

Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Former DG, India Meteorological Department (IMD), New Delhi

Rasik Ravindra

Geologist and Secretary General, 36 IGC, New Delhi.

Saraswati Raju

Former Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Prithvish Nag

Former Vice Chancellor, MG Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi

B Sengupta

Former Member Secretary, Central Pollution Control Board, New Delhi.

Sachidanand Sinha

Professor, CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Dripto Mukhopadhaya

Chief Executive, ACRA, Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

Inside this issue


GIS and Remote Sensing in Natural Resource Management

By: Pushpanjali, Josily Samuel and Visha Kumari

Remote sensing and GIS can be used to generate data that can help achieve sustainable management of natural resources. Maps created through a GIS interface provide a fillip to analysis and bring us a step closer to visualising the complex patterns and relationships that characterise real-world planning and policy problems.

Geospatial Technology for Monitoring Natural Resources

By: Neeti

Natural resources are depleting rapidly impacting development. The availability of time series Earth observation data assists the investigation of spatial patterns of different natural resources and the changes therein.

g-Governance in India

By: D Giribabu

g-Governance can be described as a geospatial plugin to e-Governance, acting as an extended module with the additional functionality of geospatial technology. The article explains the genesis and geospatial constituents that are required for the implementation of g-Governance in India.


New Techniques to Avoid a Kerala Like Disaster

By: Giriraj Amarnath

Kerala has witnessed one of the most devastating floods in history. Many lives and livelihoods were lost in just a few days. To reduce future occurrences and the impact of such calamities, it is important that we focus on implementing and improving the measures that can offer greater resilience.

GIS for River Floods

By: S M Ramasamy

Flood is a complex outcome of an interface between geological, physiographical, hydrological, meteorological and anthropogenic dynamics. It mandates high computational techniques for the analysis of a large volume of hierarchical pictorial data. GIS technology, inseparably interleaved with remote sensing, helps to panoramically beam complex issues involving river floods and the feasibility of detecting and mitigating them.

GIS Models to Measure Soil Erosion Risk

By: Atiqur Rahman & Asif

Soil erosion is the removal of the top layer by natural agents. However, deforestation, overgrazing and infrastructural development accelerate soil erosion. As soil is a critical natural resource, the risk of its erosion must be addressed urgently. Use of modern technologies like remote sensing and GIS can help build an understanding towards risk mitigation.

Solar Irradiance and Disasters

By: Saumitra Mukherjee

Global changes due to the influence of extraterrestrial phenomena can be studied by using various satellite based information. An attempt is made in this article to understand the influence of such changes as a cumulative factor to predict some of the natural disasters which would make disaster management more effective.


Kailasavadivoo Sivan | Space based information on floods played a major role in saving thousands of lives during Kerala floods

By: Staff Reporter

Kailasavadivoo Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation speaks with G’nY on the importance of geospatial technology in combating natural disasters like floods.

In brief

Editor's Note

Humans are hardwired to orient themselves spatially. There was a time when accuracy in this endeavor won territories and filled coffers. Today, spatial information has ruptured the confines of a two dimensional output to capture domains of every conceivable discipline. Nothing is beyond mapping, whi

Guest Editor's Note

It is imperative to enhance India’s disaster management capabilities to help the government handle myriad disasters efficiently. The advancement of technologies, particularly in data acquisition, high end computation and processing have made significant progress in the recent past. It is important