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IAA-IISL-KSCSTE International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management

International Academy of Astronautics
 
IAA-IISL-KSCSTE International Conference on Climate Change and Disaster Management
Space Based Systems and their Applications: Technological and Legal Perspectives
 

February 26-28, 2015
Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, India


 
 
Climate Change Conference participants

 Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference participants



Programme

Conference program is available  


Organizing Committee

Chairs:
G. Madhavan Nair, former Chairman, ISRO, President, International Academy of Astronautics
Tanja Masson-Zwaan, President, International Institute of Space Law

Co-Chairs:
Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences
V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, former Executive Vice-President, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment


Conference

The Conference, co-organized by the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) and the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), proposes to address all aspects of the contribution of space activities to understanding and solving the problems of climate change and disaster management, from technical/technological, policy and legal perspectives.

This conference will be a prelude to the next Heads of Space Agencies Summit being organized by the IAA on Sept 14-15, 2015 at Mexico. The summit proposes to address issues related to sharing of knowledge and data between countries with advanced resources and the emerging countries.


Climate Change Conference participants

Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference participants


Announcement

Conference announcement is available.


Conference scope

Climate Change:
Space systems have contributed significantly to the understanding of climate change and its causes. Earth observation satellites are essential for the systematic and global data archival of multiple variables of oceans, land and atmosphere: the Earth System. Furthering a deeper technical understanding of climate change is a crucial issue scientifically and socially, in part, because it allows decision makers to place climate change in the context of other large challenges facing their nations and the world. A large part of the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs) relies  on measurements from space. Therefore it is of paramount importance to guarantee the continuity of Earth observing satellites and the distribution of data.

Disaster Management:
Space-borne remote sensing has been playing an important role in identifying disaster sites, assessing damage and risk, monitoring disaster situations and providing early warning. A large number of initiatives have been taken up by space agencies as well as many other multilateral fora, to establish mechanisms for making available space data in different phases of disasters. The current capabilities are mostly at the level of post-disaster monitoring and damage assessment. Early warning is still a research issue and developing countries, where impact of disaster is very high, have very limited space capability. All these necessitate a strong international cooperation to narrow the gap between developed and developing countries.

Climate Change and Distaster Management Opening Ceremony - National Anthem

Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference Opening Ceremony, National Anthem


Climate Change and Distaster Management Opening Ceremony


Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference Opening Ceremony


Topics
The Conference will address a broad scope of topics, not limited to scientific and technical issues, but also policy, programmatic, legal issues. Papers are requested in the following domains:

Climate Change:
Data Requirements: Present and future space Earth Science systems and data distribution networks: Examples USA (NASA, NOAA GEONET, SERVIR), Europe (GMES, Eumetsat), India (INSAT, Megha Tropiques, Oceansat), Asia (Sentinel Asia), private sector (DMCi), etc. Climate Change Data Protocols and Data Base creation: Standards for data exchanges and data access policies, data calibration and validation. Climate analysis and modeling, legal and policy dimensions: policies for data sharing and their adequacy; newer perspectives of data sharing; free access to data; intellectual property rights; ownership and use of the data: local or global (e.g. for climate treaties verification); access by the public. Role of private sector for climate change data and applications.

Disaster Management:
Specific issues related to disaster management support: use of space systems to analyze vulnerability to climate related disasters; warning systems: improve Earth observation based techniques for disaster response by moving from reactive methods to anticipative methods better meeting both timeliness and precision requirements; from disaster management users: improve Earth observation archives globally via strategic datasets. Communications’ networks through international cooperation in the Data Relay Satellite System (DRSS) for timely availability of data products to stakeholders. Research efforts and knowledge integration for developing early warning systems/models; Earth observation based disaster alert methods. satellite-based technologies for disaster management, efforts for capacity building and outreach activities. National/regional/international level networking of stakeholders engaged in disaster mitigation.



  

 
Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO during keynote address
 
Dr Jean-Yves Le Gall President CNES, France, during keynote address

 Dr. Kiran Kumar, Chairman ISRO, India
during keynote address

 Dr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, President CNES, France
during keynote address
  
 Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences  Dr. Francisco Mendietta, Head, Mexican Space Agency
 Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences Dr. Francisco Mendietta, Head, Mexican Space Agency



Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference participants

Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference participants


Award Ceremony

During the Climate Change and Disaster Management Conference, several newly elected members were introduced in the Academy: Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Earth Sciences (Member Social Science section), Kiran Kumar, new Chairman ISRO (Member of the Engineering Science section), K.N. Ninan, Director PCM of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Member of the Engineering Science section), Anil Bhardwaj, Director Space Physics Laboratory (Corresponding Member Basic Science section), and John Zachariah, Deputy Director Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (Corresponding Member Social Science section)




K.N. Ninan, Director PCM of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre

K.N. Ninan, Director PCM of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre



Kiran Kumar, new Chairman ISRO

Kiran Kumar, new Chairman ISRO



Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Earth Sciences


Shailesh Nayak, Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Earth Sciences





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Call for Papers

Call for papers was available.
Abstracts must be written in English on a single A4 page with the title, author’s name affiliation and complete address. Instructions are available for authors and they may use the Kovalam conference abstract form. They should indicate to which topic of the conference they are proposed. Abstracts shall be sent by e-mail to conference(at)iaamail.org before January 15, 2014. Final papers and presentations shall be in English, which will be the official language of the Conference.


Registration

                                          Early bird registration              Normal registration
International Participants         400 Euros                                   440 Euros
Students                                100 Euros                                   110 Euros
Indian Participants                  10000 Rupees                             11000 Rupees
Indian Students                      2500 Rupees                               2750 Rupees


Early bird registration until January 31, 2015. Extended to February 15th, 2015.
Fee will be 10% more in all categories beyond this date.

Registration through website only.

For Indian participants please register at:
http://www.i3cdm.org/     

Accommodation

Different accommodation options will be available to suit all budgets and needs. To enable Researchers, Students and young scientists, with low budgets to attend the conference, subsidised accommodation on a Twin sharing basis, will be provided to Researchers, Students and young scientists on a first come first serve basis.

Main speakers, International participants may book rooms in "The Leela" @ Kovalam, at an all inclusive negotiated rate including airport Pick-up and Drop. Those who which to book rooms at "The Leela" Kovalam may Please contact Mr Prajilal at LEELA hotels, Email Id This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , Mob+919349922443, land line +91 471 3051234

We are exploring further accommodation options available in and around Kovalam and will update the details soon.

PLEASE NOTE: This period is the peak tourist season and rates are also at it peak in Kovalam, during this period. Special tariffs have been negotiated and the organisers have blocked 100 Rooms in order to secure enough accommodation for conference participants.

In order to attract valuable scientific contributions and to recognise such young researchers/students who are working in this domain, limited funds are set apart to provide travel support to 5 best abstract submissions by Indian students. They will be exempted from paying the registration fees, and also to-and fro 2nd -AC Train Tickets and free accommodation. The amount of money each student is given will depend on whether the conference breaks even. In the worst case scenario, we would have your conference fee covered and a bit of money to help with transport and/or accommodation.

Sponsorship

Topaz      2000 Euros
Sapphire  5000 Euros
Diamond  10000 Euros





Climate Change & Disaster Management        Kovalam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India






Conference website

Please also visit the Conference website at : http://www.i3cdm.org/     
 
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