The Central-Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) was founded in 2002 on the basis of a co-operation agreement between the Government of Kyrgyzstan and the GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ), Germany. Since 2004 it holds the legal status of an independent non-profit organization. According to its bylaws the CAIAG institute has the task to develop and carry out Geo-scientific research and application projects in the Central Asian region in the following fields: Geodynamics and Geo-hazards; Climate, Water and Geo-ecology; Land use and Resources Management; Technical Infrastructure and Information Management.
Research activities are based on climatic, hydrologic, hydro-geological, glaciological, geodynamic and seismic process data series, acquired with ground-based, airborne and space-borne observation equipment. The forecast of natural and anthropogenic components of process changes, the development of arrangements on risk mitigation caused by hazardous processes, and the proper management and preservation of natural resources become outstanding challenges for the institute
CAIAG is challenged to develop and foster in the frame of its projects Central- Asian and international networking, aiming at scientific capacity building in the region. For this purpose the resources of the institute are also being used for education as well as for scientific and technical training courses and programmes. Special emphasis is given to information for the population on consequences of hazardous processes and to trainings on adequate reaction with respect to extreme situations.
Specific role in SENSUM:
Participant in WP4, WP5, WP7.