India has user-oriented and applications-driven programmes in the field of Earth Observation

India has user-oriented and applications-driven programmes in the field of Earth Observation

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The ISPRS Technical Commission VII is engaged in the scientific and technical work related to remote sensing, GIS and GPS applications for the management of natural resources and monitoring of environment. Dr R R Navalgund, President Commission VII, ISPRS
Dr R R Navalgund
President Commission VII, ISPRS

“India has user-oriented and applications-driven programmes in the field of Earth Observation”, emphasises Dr R R Navalgund, President Commission VII, ISPRS: 2000-2004

  • What are the main activities of Commission VII, ISPRS?

    The ISPRS Technical Commission VII is engaged in the scientific and technical work related to remote sensing, GIS and GPS applications for the management of natural resources and monitoring of environment. It works under the general direction of the Council. It organises Working Groups to carry out activities related to spectral, spatial and temporal radiation properties of objects, development of interpretation and analytical techniques, environmental studies, integration of remotely-sensed and other collateral data for process modelling, monitoring of resources and conservation of environment, impact of climate change and disaster management. It also organises a mid-term symposium on these aspects and helps in preparation of the Congress at the conclusion of four year term. It also interacts with other Commissions of ISPRS through Inter-Commission Working Groups to promote areas of common interest.

  • Please tell us about the Working Groups of Commission VII?

    Based on the resolutions passed by the Amsterdam Congress during July, 2000, ISPRS TC VII activities have been organised into six Working Groups (WG), on

    • Fundamental physics and modelling
    • Sustainable agriculture and eco-system approach
    • Integrated monitoring systems for resources management
    • Human settlements and impact analysis
    • Disaster monitoring, mitigation and damage assessment
    • Monitoring and modelling global change
  • What key activities have been undertaken during your tenure in this Commission?

    We have stressed on studies related to physical measurements and spectral signatures in remote sensing, sustainability indicators as applied to agricultural systems and precision farming, integrated coastal zone management, monitoring of world heritage sites, urban planning, geo-hazards and disaster management and modelling of global environmental change. International Workshops and Symposia have been organised by the WGs on spectral signatures, hyperspectral remote sensing, urban studies and disaster management. WG Chairs participated in the deliberations of Integrated Global Observation Strategy, CEOS etc. We are organising an international Symposium during December, 2002 to review the work in this broad area.

  • What relevant activities of ISPRS have been initiated in the Indian context?

    India has been in the fore front of evolving a nationally important and globally relevant Earth Observation programme comprising design and development of spacecrafts, state-of-the-art sensors, acquisition and data processing systems and down-to-earth applications programme. Activities identified under Commission VII are entirely in synergy with India’s programmes. The mid term symposium will provide a platform to bring these studies to the attention of the scientists of other countries. Indian scientists will be presenting more than 300 papers during the Symposium on these aspects. Indian Society of Remote Sensing, ISRO, and many other agencies, government departments, NGOs and industries have been providing very valuable support for carrying out these activities in India.

  • Where do you see India in the larger gamut of technological advancements in this field?

    India is one of the very few countries in the world to have user-oriented, applications-driven and continuing programme in the field of Earth Observation. Till recently, data of 6m resolution provided by IRS-1C/1D were the highest resolution data in the civilian domain. More importantly, spacecraft missions/sensors are defined according to user needs and in consultation with them to ensure utilisation of data in national development. Definition of Resourcesat (IRS-P6) carrying a set of three sensors, namely AWiFS, LISS-3 and LISS-4 on a single platform is unique and should provide greater impetus for the utilisation of RS data in many areas of natural resources

  • What future plans you have as President, Commission VII, ISPRS?

    Major plan would be to consolidate gains of the Symposium and plan for the ISPRS Congress 2004, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. To promote interaction among various scientists, users, technologists through workshops in 2003, is a major activity. Workshops on Global Change and Sustainable Agriculture are in the offing. We also intend to promote documentation of successful case studies of RS&GIS applications for the benefit of others.