Workshop on Use of Remote Sensing Data for flood warning and management

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This workshop will focus on progress made in the area of satellite based near real time rainfall mapping using ‘GSMaP- NRT’. This meeting will also be the occasion for the demonstration of GSMaP and its linkages with IFAS, advances in this UNESCO Pakistan Project as well as the exploration of areas for further research in Pakistan and Indonesia.

In the aftermath of 2010 floods in Pakistan, UNESCO initiated a major project, currently under implementation, for upgrading the flood forecasting and early warning systems and for the risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River, in cooperation with the Government of Japan. The project is being implemented by UNESCO in close collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and in tight coordination with the Government of Pakistan - including the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission (FFC), Office of the Indus Water Commissioner and academic local partners.
This project includes major upgrades compared to the current forecasting software by the use of remote sensing technologies, especially in connection with flood management decision making at different levels of hierarchy as well as inter-relationship to flood hazard assessment and planning.

The upper Indus sub-catchments, difficult to access due to their high elevation, will be modelled using remotely sensed satellite rainfall estimates using GSMAP-NRT developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as input into the Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS) developed by International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), a category 2 institute, under the auspices of UNESCO.

Four workshops have been delivered in this project so far. National University of Science and Technology (NUST) hosted the first workshop titled ‘Training Workshop for Stakeholder Capacity Building in Flood Warning and Management’, while Flood Forecasting Division (FFD) and SUPARCO hosted the second and third workshops titled ‘Accuracy and Reliability of Flood Forecasting Models Through the Use of Remote Sensing Technologies for Mapping Rainfall, Hydrological Characteristics and Floodplains’ and ‘Flood Risk Mapping Using Spatial Technologies’ respectively. The fourth workshop was hosted by Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP) titled, ‘Regulation of Hydraulic Structures for Flood Management’.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 21.11.2013 08:00 local time
End 22.11.2013 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Khan, Shahbaz
Organizer UNESCO Jakarta Office
Country Indonesia
City Jakarta
Venue Jakarta, Indonesia
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Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 40
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