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ICIMOD’s symposium to discuss benefits from earth observation

Nepal: The international symposium on ‘Benefiting from Earth Observation: Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region’ will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal during October 4-6, 2010. It will be organised by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, ICIMOD. The main objective of the symposium is to foster regional and international cooperation to promote the use and access to earth observation for improved scientific knowledge and understanding for adaptation to climate change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.

Besides inaugural and valedictory sessions by prominent speakers, there will be six session themes from scientists, researchers, development practitioners, policy makers and donors from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region and beyond. The themes include:
– Remote sensing of cryosphere,
– Spatial decision support systems for ecosystem management,
– Space-based information for disaster management,
– Land cover change and reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD),
– Transboundary air pollution monitoring,
– Spatial data infrastructure for climate change adaptation.

The symposium will also bring together regional and international space agencies and earth observation related partners from industry to exhibit relevant data and products in parallel with the technical sessions, said ICIMOD. A special event will be organised for young people for raising awareness about Earth observation and climate change. The symposium will provide an opportunity of international networking. One can get more details at https://geoportal.icimod.org/symposium2010 or email to [email protected]

Source: ICIMOD