Pakistani space agency initiates mapping for hazard management

Pakistani space agency initiates mapping for hazard management


Pakistan: Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) has initiated flood inundation and hazard mapping of the lower reaches of the Indus River which will help effective flood preparedness and timely response activities.

This project, undertaken with the support of Government of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) focuses on the capacity building of the nation’s flood forecasting and early warning infrastructure using remote sensing and GIS technologies for flood assessment, management and decision support.

According to official sources, hydrological modeling of the upper Indus catchment will be done using the satellite remote sensed rainfall data such as GSMaP-NRT, provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and hydrological models such as Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS) and Rainfall-Runoff-Inundation Model (RRI) developed by International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO.

Official said UNESCO initiated a major project for the upgradation of the flood forecasting, flood early warning system and the risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River in Pakistan in year 2011.

Now, implementation of the project is undertaken in collaboration with SUPARCO, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Office of the Indus Water Commissioner and local academic partners.

Source: The News