Assam Don Bosco University, Azara Campus

Webinar on “Utility of Geoinformatics in Studying Climate Change and its Impacts” on 18 December 2020

On 18 December 2020 the Assam Don Bosco University Centre for Geo Informatics (ACG) was formally inaugurated by the honorable Vice Chancellor Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely with an Inaugural Speech from him. Pro Vice Chancellor Fr. Joseph Nellanatt, Director School of Technology Prof. Manoranjan Kalita, all the members of the ACG, resource parsons and participants for the Webinar were present in the online event of launching of the Centre followed by the Webinar.

Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely, Vice Chancellor, Assam Don Bosco University in his speech mentioned the importance of the Centre in ADBU campus. Pro VC, Fr. Joseph Nellanatt started with a prayer invoking God’s blessings on the activities of the Centre and also spoke about the objectives behind establishing the centre at Azara campus of the University.

Prof. Manoranjan Kalita, who is the Director of the School of Technology as well as the Director of the Centre delivered his speech on the aims and objectives of the Centre, along with the importance of the classical core of Geoinformatics and Remote Sensing in today’s world. He also mentioned that the Centre will provide facilities to all those who are working in the field of Geoinformatics and the related fields. He also mentioned that through the Center people can undertake research project in collaboration with other partner Organisations in the Region.

The inaugural session was followed by the Webinar on ‘Utility of Geoinformatics in Studying Climate Change and its Impacts’ which was the first ever event organized by ACG. The webinar introduced the topic of the application of Geoinformatics in Studying Climate Change and its Impacts to the participants. The goal was to present profound research techniques and advice for transferring the knowledge right from academia to Industry and vice versa. There were 40 participants including UG/PG students, research scholars and faculty members from various Institute/Universities across India in the Webinar.

The first talk of the Webinar was delivered by the renowned scientist and academician Prof. Bhupendra Nath Goswami, SERB Distinguished Fellow, Department of Physics, Cotton University. He mentioned how global warming has turned into a climate emergency and discussed the parameters that influence the change of climate. He mentioned the science behind the increase in temperature and solar radiation. His presentation included some of the profound impacts such as the problem of increased temperature in Siberia in the past few years, increase and decrease of Indian monsoon in last few decades, the countries involved with the rise of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere and the climate model and effect of natural green house.

Second talk was delivered by another renowned Academician, Prof. Nitin Kumar Tripathi, who is the Director-Special Degree Program, School of Engineering and Technology, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Geoinformatics, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. Prof. Tripathi presented on the evaluation of heat index based agricultural draught indications. He also showed the relation between climate and draught and its effect on food processing. He mentioned about the causes and prediction of draught based on various factors. He also focused on draught frequency in various states of India and also the use of remote sensing and GIS for managing draught condition.

The third talk in the Webinar was delivered by Dr. Shyam Sundar Kundu, a scientist from North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC), who deliberated on the applications of Geoinformatics in climate studies. He mentioned that climate change is a geographic problem and can be studied using GPS and GIS. He spoke about how GIS can be used to identify problems, monitor the changes, monitor and respond to the evaluations, setting the priorities, understanding the trends etc. He also mentioned about the different hardware, software, data set, satellite communication etc.

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