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Earth observation and geospatial information services for disaster risk reduction – Examples from the HKH

Date 09:00–11:00 NPT (UTC+05:45), 24 September 2020
Venue Microsoft Teams
Contact Persons Utsav.Maden@icimod.org
Type Webinar, meeting
Programmes MENRIS, SERVIR-HKH, RDS, Climate Services

Hydro-climatic disasters in the form of seasonal, riverine, and flash floods frequently occur along the rivers and tributaries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. Every year, destructive floods result in the loss of lives and livelihoods and cause severe damage to infrastructure and property. However, floods in the region cannot be totally controlled. Therefore, efforts should be directed towards reducing flood vulnerability and mitigating flood impacts through improved flood risk management by providing end-to-end flood forecasting and warning services.

ICIMOD, through its regional programme on Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS), works to contribute to effective evidence-based decision-making processes by governments, communities, and individuals using scientific data, Earth observation information, and geospatial information technologies in the areas of agriculture, environment, disaster, natural resources, and climate change. Through its initiatives, MENRIS has been working on enhancing flood early warning systems by improving flood forecasting, promoting data sharing and improving communications for actionable information to emergency responders and to those at-risk.

This webinar will present ongoing efforts under MENRIS to bring Earth observation and geospatial information into action to support disaster risk reduction, with a special focus on floods.

Expected Participants

Agenda

Time

Description

Speaker

09:00–09:05

Introduction of the webinar and speakers

Ghulam Rasul, Regional Programme Manager, MENRIS, ICIMOD

09:05–09:10

Welcome remarks

David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD

09:10–09:20

SERVIR’s efforts on application of Earth observation and geospatial technologies for disaster risk reduction in the HKH region

Birendra Bajracharya, Chief of Party –SERVIR-HKH, ICIMOD

09:20–09:40

Hydrologic modeling as a service: A new paradigm for streamflow forecasting

Jim Nelson, Professor, Brigham Young University

09:40–10:00

2020 floods in Nepal and Bangladesh: Rapid inundation mapping using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite remote sensing

Franz Meyer, Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks

10:00–10:15

Building climate services in the HKH region for informed decision making at the local level

Mandira Shrestha, Programme Coordinator – Climate Services Initiative, ICIMOD

10:15–10:30

 

Promoting regional data visualization and sharing

Sudip Pradhan, Programme Coordinator – Regional Database System Initiative, ICIMOD

10:30–11:00

Q&A

Facilitator: Ghulam Rasul, ICIMOD

Moderator

Ghulam Rasul

Ghulam Rasul

Regional Programme Manager, MENRIS, ICIMOD

Speakers

David Molden

David Molden

Director General, ICIMOD
Birendra Bajracharya

Birendra Bajracharya

Chief of Party – SERVIR-HKH, ICIMOD
Franz Meyer

Franz Meyer

Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jim Nelson

Jim Nelson

Professor, Brigham Young University
Mandira

Mandira Singh Shrestha

Programme Coordinator – Climate Services Initiative, ICIMOD
Sudip Pradhan

Sudip Pradhan

Programme Coordinator – Regional Database System Initiative, ICIMOD