Establishment of Remote Sensing Data Centre in NAST

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My presentation at the Faculty of Technology, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology during my tenure as a researcher. I discussed on how remote sensing is applicable in the context of Nepal and our vision of establishing a remote sensing data centre in NAST.

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Establishment of Remote Sensing Data Centre in NAST

  1. 1. Establishment of Data Centre in NAST for Remote Sensing 1st April 2011, Friday Seminar Hall, NAST Er. Shristi Nhuchhe Pradhan Junior Research Assistant Faculty of Technology Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
  2. 2. Journey to NAST •  Bachelor’s in Electronics and Communication Engineering in May 2010 •  Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus •  Bachelor’s Project: Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based acoustic source localization •  NAST -> Remote Sensing
  3. 3. What is Remote Sensing ? Science and art of obtaining information of an object, area or phenomenon by the use of recording or real time sensing devices not in physical contact with the object, such as by using satellite or aircraft. Google Satellite Map
  4. 4. •  Nepal has tremendous geographic diversity: some parts are inaccessible and difficult to reach •  Highly prone to natural hazards like Flood, landslides and earthquakes •  Climate change affecting the mountains •  No fixed agricultural pattern •  Unplanned and haphazard urbanization Remote Sensing Relevant to Nepal ? Image from: NASA Landsat 7 Visible Color
  5. 5. Ways to Use Remote Sensing Data ü  Collect data on inaccessible or dangerous areas ü  Monitoring of natural hazards and disasters like flood, landslides, earthquakes ü  Climate change monitoring ü  Land cover maps or Vegetation maps ü  Monitor haphazard urbanization
  6. 6. Himalaya - Global Change Image from ASTER Glaciers in the Himalaya are wasting at alarming and accelerating rates, as indicated by comparisons of satellite and historic data, and as shown by the widespread, rapid growth of lakes on the glacier surfaces. Image released on June 8, 2006
  7. 7. Satellite Detected Flood Waters in Nepal Flood waters affected Sunsari District on August 31, 2008 Satellite Data: ENVISAT ASAR Map Production: UNOSAT
  8. 8. Japan Quake & Tsunami North of Sendai Before (Nov 4, 2009) and After (March 12, 2011) the disaster Satellite images taken by GeoEye
  9. 9. Remote Sensing Data Centre in NAST Hardware Remote Sensing Applications Researchers Satellite Data & Database Remote Sensing Data Centre Existing NAST projects
  10. 10. Current Work ...
  11. 11. The Next Step ... •  Integrate the date centre with other ongoing NAST projects •  Initiate collaboration with national and international research programs •  Strive for participation in international community •  Remote sensing applications like ERDAS and ArcGIS •  Satellite Data from Landsat, SPOT, Aster, Aqua, terra, etc. •  Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  12. 12. Website Development •  Website for the remote sensing data centre •  Analysis and result of data posted online •  Available to different organizations, researchers, academicians •  Public awareness and dissemination of research work www.nast.org.np
  13. 13. Our Vision ... • Well equipped remote sensing data centre in NAST • Collaboration with national and international organizations • Resource centre for researchers and scientists from Nepal and around the globe
  14. 14. The Team • Prof. Dr. Prakash Chandra Adhikari • Dr. Chiranjivi Regmi • Dr. Suresh Kumar Dhungel • Dr. Nanda Bikram Adhikari • Er. Liyan Sharma • Er. Shristi Nhuchhe Pradhan
  15. 15. References • New York Times • Google Map • Fundamentals of remote sensing: A Canada centre for remote sensing tutorials • GIS for Beginners • GeoEye • Nepal Wiki • Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Wiki
  16. 16. THANK YOU !!!

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