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SENSUM sponsored outreach event @ Bishkek

SENSUM sponsored outreach event

29th to 30th January, 2014  SENSUM sponsored outreach event, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The first major SENSUM outreach event was held at the Ak Keme Hotel in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The goals of this symposium included advertising the aims and results of the  SENSUM project, enhancing the awareness of the disaster risk reduction community in Central Asia to the capabilities and opportunities offered by remote sensing, and to serve as a measure of capacity building for Central Asian countries.

Some 40 scientists, engineers, end-users and stakeholders attended, including members of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Emergency Situations, the World Bank, the UNDP (who also co-sponsored the event) as well as several NGS.  Some 18 technical presentations were given, along with a number of posters, from the members of the SENSUM consortium as well as other speakers from Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Turkey, and Germany.  Overall, there appeared to a mood of appreciation for this event from the end-users and stake holders, with the SENSUM consortium being encouraged to continue and broaden such efforts, or as a representative from the World Bank said, “to keep knocking on doors”.

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A novel sampling framework will be developed that guides the in-situ data collection and integration process. Novel in-situ data collection tools (e.g. omni-directional imaging) will be included. Advanced analysis and processing of current and future space-based products will enhance the approach. Uncertainties will be fully considered. Soon-to-be-released space products such as DLR Global Urban Footprint will be validated and their integration with the proposed methodologies explored. Data needs for post-disaster recovery will be addressed within the same framework, resulting in a comprehensive methodological solution to the monitoring of time-varying indicators at multiple spatial scales throughout the disaster cycle.

The consortium of 8 prominent scientific institutions and highly skilled SMEs has considerable experience in their respective fields. Many partners currently collaborate on the Global Earthquake Model Inventory Data Collection Tool (GEM IDCT). The ultimate goal is to produce a multi-resolution time varying indicator monitoring framework that applies to the whole disaster cycle. The framework is intended to· become the de-facto standard for future mapping of vulnerabilities.


Co-funded by the European Commission under FP7 (Seventh Framework Programme)
THEME [SPA.2012.1.1-04] Support to emergency response management - Grant agreement no: 312972

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