Cartography in Early Warning and Crisis Management

Remote sensing for disaster risk reduction

4504.3 - Mapping Landslides of Kedarnath (North India) Disaster of June 2013 Using Geospatial Technology

Tuesday, July 4
2:10 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Virginia B

Landslides created havoc in the Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand, when the region was hit by the disaster of June 2013. Human lives, livestock, properties, etc., succumbed to the disaster and also the economic loss toll swelled up. Therefore, there is an imperative need to bring in state-of-the-art measures and techniques, in order to curb the landslides. Hence, recognition of landslide-prone areas is indispensable for safer strategic planning of future developmental tasks. There must be a proper landslide inventory or details about the past landslides conducive to decipher the plausible causes and future predictability of landslides. Landslide Susceptibility Mapping (LSM) becomes a high-priority as it helps planners, developers, engineers and disaster management and mitigation associated people for better land-use planning, slope management and finding practical and cost-effective measures to zone landslide-susceptible areas. The LSM can be carried out effectively with the help of geospatial technology, like Remote Sensing (RS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS). These technologies stow historical records of landslides, help in visually detecting the occurrence of landslides, assemble & analyse archived data and support decision-making, etc. The study focuses on the landsides that were induced by the Kedarnath disaster of June 2013, widely known as the Himalayan tsunami or the north Indian floods, along river Mandkini and NH-109 of Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand. The study utilizes geospatial technology to generate a landslide susceptibility map of the study area.

P. K. Garg

Professor & Vice-Chancellor
Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun, India

Prof. P.K. Garg completed B.Tech (Civil Engg.) in 1980 and M.Tech (Civil Engg) in 1982 from University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee), India. He is a recipient of Gold Medal at IIT Roorkee, Commonwealth Scholarship Award, and Commonwealth Fellowship Award to carry out work at UK. He joined Civil Engg Deptt at IIT Roorkee in 1982, and became HOD in 2015. Prof. Garg has published more than 296 technical papers, undertaken 25 research projects and 90 consultancy projects, organized 40 training programmes, 10 conferences, guided 71 M.Tech and 20 Ph.D. Thesis. He is a life member of 24 professional societies. Currently, he is serving as Vice Chancellor, Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun.

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Urvashi Meena

IIT Roorkee

Urvashi Meena is working as a Reserach Scholar in the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM),
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee (247667), Uttarakhand, India

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Judith Maryna Storie

Dr
Geographic Risk Management (GRM)

Dr Storie is skilled in spatial and non-spatial analytical assessment of geographical data related to disaster risks. She applies Geoinformatics in disaster risk reduction in particular. As a multi-disciplinary expert that is able to conceptualise real-world challenges, she designs programmes to investigate and analyse the challenges that the intersection between hazards and vulnerabilities pose. She serves among others as specialist advisor on various South African Disaster Risk Advisory Forums. She is a Climate Change Adaptation specialist and Carbon Footprint Analyst. Her work focusses on Risk Management with a strong Geoinformatics focus, and human settlement vulnerability to disaster risks.

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