The second NIDM/UN-SPIDER workshop on ‘Space Technology Application in Disaster Management and Emergency Response’ took place at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi, from 28 to 30 March 2011. The aim of the workshop was to impart Disaster Managers with the knowledge on applications of space technology... read more

Publishing Date: 05/04/2011

India's space program has a vital role in realising sustainable development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday, asking the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to give priority to tele-education, tele-medicine and village resource centre services. 

Addressing ISRO scientists linked countrywide from its facility here, the prime minister said space-based applications are a very potent means of bridging the divides in society through reducing the cost of access to space. 'This requires expediting the development of heavy lift launchers, advanced propulsion systems, including the cryogenic stage, and recoverable and reusable launch systems.

The other major goal before us is the socio-economic empowerment of our people, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai siad. The Satellite Instructional... read more

Publishing Date: 28/03/2011

The Delhi State Assembly approved Delhi Geo-spatial Data Infrastructure (Management, Control, Administration, Security and Safety) Bill, 2011. It seeks to use geospatial technology for planning and executing various development projects and utility services. The office of GIS system would be responsible for transmitting relevant information to the monitoring centres. These would be super-imposed on the data residing in the GIS system and the changes would be identified and investigated. The data would also be of use in better disaster management.

The Bill was... read more

Publishing Date: 25/03/2011

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to launch Resourcesat 2, a remote sensing earth observation satellite, by the end of February, officials said Monday.

Remote sensing satellites send back pictures and other data for various uses. India is a major player in providing such data in the global market. The Resourcesat-2 will replace Resourcesat-1 launched in 2003, which has outlived its original mission... read more

Publishing Date: 08/02/2011

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will provide the satellite images of Sabarimala to the State Government for the infrastructure development of the area in a bid to prevent disasters such as Pulmedu stampede in future, K Radhakrishnan, ISRO Chairman, said.

The Pulmedu stampede on Friday night claimed 102 lives.

He was speaking to the reporters on the sidelines of an international conference on Contemporary Trends in Optics and Optoelectronics at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology here on Monday.

"ISRO has now three dimensional (3D) images of Sabarimala taken by three satellites equipped with remote sensing imaging technology. These images... read more

Publishing Date: 19/01/2011

President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Singh will enter into a new collaborative agreement between NOAA and the India Ministry of Earth Sciences that aims to improve India’s monsoon forecasts. The agreement is part of a series of food security agreements formalized this week during the president’s visit.

Under the agreement, the U.S. will create a monsoon forecast desk at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction, part of NOAA’s National Weather Service in Camp Springs, Md. Visiting atmospheric scientists from India’s Ministry of Earth Sciences will collaborate with NOAA scientists to share knowledge and skills to improve the Climate Forecast System (CFS) for long-range forecasts of the monsoon.

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Publishing Date: 18/01/2011

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launched in to service a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Nanjing, China.

The Mechanism provides satellite products for general drought monitoring and higher resolution products for identified high drought risk areas, and assists its members in developing localized products and services for relevant decision making. Space capable countries in the region committed to provide satellite information based technical services through the Mechanism, to drought prone ESCAP member countries to help them achieve effective monitoring and early warning of drought events so that the Governments and relevant stakeholders will have more lead time to... read more

Publishing Date: 16/09/2010

1 February 2010 - The workshop on "Space Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction" at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of India took place from 11 to 13 January 2010. It was organized with support from UN-SPIDER. Although India is well-known for its space technology and applications, the need to assess its use in disaster management was articulated specifically by the State Disaster Management Authorities (SDMA). While the central Government provides policy guidelines, SDMA are responsible for their implementation.

Experts from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), NIDM, UN-SPIDER, and disaster management authorities shared their experiences of using ... read more

Publishing Date: 02/02/2010

Beneath northern India’s irrigated fields and densely populated cities of Jaiphur and New Delhi, the groundwater has been disappearing. Around the world, hydrologists, including Matt Rodell of NASA, have been hunting for it.

Where is northern India’s underground water supply going? According to Rodell and colleagues, it is being pumped and consumed by human activities -- principally to irrigate cropland -- faster than the aquifers can be replenished by natural processes. They based their conclusions on observations from NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). (Source: NASA)

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Publishing Date: 17/08/2009

Image shows anomalies in rainfall between July 14 and July 20, 2009. Most of India and Bangladesh are brown, showing that less rain fell than average during the week. One of India’s primary crop areas is in the north, where less rain has fallen. According to BBC News, Bangladesh had received 40 percent less monsoon rain than normal by July 20, triggering fears of food shortages. (Source NASA)

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Publishing Date: 29/07/2009

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Flood risk mapping, modelling and assessment using space technology

The programme included theory lectures and experience sharing by the experts. The theory lectures covered climate change and disaster risk reduction, adaptation to enhanced floods,...

Date of training: 22/07/2013 to 26/07/2013
Space technology for disaster risk management and emergency response

The overall objective of this international training course was to strengthen the capacity of participants in understanding how space-based information, services and solutions can be used to reduce disaster risks and losses. The participants were exposed to relevant space-...

Date of training: 09/04/2012 to 04/05/2012
Space technology for disaster risk management and emergency response

The event provided a platform to the State Disaster Management Authorities and providers of space based information (State Remote Sensing Applications Centres, National Remote Sensing...

Date of training: 02/04/2012 to 04/04/2012
Workshop on Space Technology Application in Disaster Management and Emergency Response

It aimed at increasing awareness among staff of disaster management authorities with regard to the use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction, in cooperation with State and regional remote-sensing applications centres.

Date of training: 28/03/2011 to 30/03/2011

Advisory Support

UN-SPIDER supported a training workshop on the topic “Space technology for Disaster risk management and emergency response” at the National Institute of Disaster Management, New Delhi, from 2 to 4 April 2012. It was the third such training workshop organized jointly by the National Institute of Disaster Management and UN-SPIDER.

Mission dates: 02/04/2012 to 04/04/2012

In spite of India’s prominence in the domain of space technology and applications, it was still deemed necessary to assess the use and implementation of the latter in disaster management. In January 2010 a first workshop organized by UN-SPIDER and the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) took place. To continue these efforts and follow up with the recommendations proposed in 2010, a second workshop was organized.

Mission dates: 28/03/2011 to 30/03/2011

In spite of India’s prominence in the domain of space technology and applications, it was still deemed necessary to assess the use and implementation of the latter in disaster management. That need was specifically taken up by the State Disaster Management Authorities (SMDA) who are mainly responsible for implementing the policy guidelines provided by the central Government of India. Consequently a workshop was organized.

Mission dates: 11/01/2010 to 13/01/2010


Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee. Image: IIT Roorkee.

In the last two decades, Asia has experienced numerous disasters caused by geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards impacting human settlements, both rural and urban. There is a paradigm shift in disaster management with a growing emphasis on disaster risk reduction (DRR). The gradual recognition of ecosystem-based DRR as an efficient risk reduction tool is turning the development focus on blue-green infrastructure for settlements. The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and... read more

From 1 August, 2019 until 30 April, 2020 the 12th Postgraduate Course on Satellite Communication (SATCOM)  will be conducted at the Space Application Center (SAC), in Ahmedabad, India.

The course enables the students from participating countries in preparing satellite based communications projects, policy, definition, establishment of communications systems, use of operational systems, public awareness on the benefits of satellite based communications technologies in the improvement of the quality of life. Participants will develop and strengthen their knowledge in topics such as Satellite Communication System & DSP, Earth station Technology as well as applications and Future... read more

From 1 August 2019 to 30 April 2020, the third Postgraduate Course on Global Navitation Satellite System (GNSS) will take place at the Space Applications Centre (SAC) of the Indian Space Research Organisation in Dehradun, India.

The programme, among others courses, is organised by the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP). It is based on the premise to facilitate sustainable resource management in developing countries.

All of the post graduate courses organised by CSSTEAP are organized in two phases. Phase one consisting of two semesters, is conducted in India for 9 months and generally entails core modules with the emphasis lying on developing and enhancing knowledge and skills through classroom lectures, tutorials and hands on experiments. Each semester of the... read more

From 1 July, 2019 until 31 March, 2020, the 24th Postgraduate Course on Remote Sensing and GIS (RS & GIS) will take place at the Indian Institute of... read more

The programme, one of India's contributions to the UNISPACE+50 initiatives, aims at capacity building in satellite technology for participants from countries interested in developing a space programme by providing hands-on experience in building and testing of nano satellites. The primary objectives of the programme are:

  • To offer a simplified and increased exposure to satellite fabrication technologies, as part of the UNISPACE initiative-To provide theoretical course on satellite technology

  • To provide intensive course on nano satellite realisation, covering mission aspects, design, fabrication, assembly, integration & testing

  • To provide hands-on training to assemble, integrate and test a low cost, modular nano satellite

The... read more

The 4th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM-2019) is being organized in Mumbai from 29 January to 1 February 2019 to deliberate on some of the most critical issues and challenges of implementation of the global frameworks on building resilience to disasters. 

Jointly organized by the Government of Maharashtra,the  Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS), the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, WCDM-... read more

The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) was established in India in November 1995 with its headquarters in Dehradun at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) which is a unit of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Government of India.

The Centre has been imparting education and training, helping participants in developing research skills through its Master’s degree and Post Graduate courses. This is achieved through class-room (theory and hands-on exercises), group discussions, field campaigns and pilot projects in the field of space science and technology. These programs aim at capacity building for participating countries in designing and implementing space-based research... read more

Space technologies, especially satellites are important instruments for development and progress of humankind. Satellites are used for Eartth observattiion, communication, navigation atmospheric studies, astronomical observations and military applications, sattelllliitte provides enormous services with less cost compared to conventional methods for similar applications.

The training is organised by the Center for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) in collaboration with IISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) and Indian Institute of Remotte Sensiing (IIRC).

The main objectives of the training

  • To create awareness about small satellites, space technology and opportunities
  • To disseminate knowledge required for small satellites technology... read more


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