January 21, 2015
85 participants from the disaster management related agencies and institutes joined the Remote Sensing Seminar conducted by JICA in collaboration with the Disaster Management Center (DMC), Ministry of Disaster Management.
The seminar was held on January 21, 2015 at DMC to introduce the utilization of Remote Sensing technology into the disaster management. The participants from DMC, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO), Survey Department (SD), Road Development Authority (RDA), Colombo University, Moratuwa University and other organizations, carefully listened to the speakers and had valuable discussion on the possibility of utilization of remote sensing products to their services.
At first, Dr. Tadono from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) introduced the application of the Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) data to the disaster management and the other disaster related activities of JAXA. The ALOS World 3D (AW3D), a newly released Digital Elevation Model (DEM) with 5 m resolution covering all over the world, can be utilized for the hazard mapping, disaster damage prediction and post disaster assessment.
Dr. Sato from the Teikyo Heisei University explained the landslide extraction by use of satellite products and aerial photographs. He also gave a demonstration how to extract the landslides by stereo-scope observation method. He emphasized the importance of the landslide distribution map where we can estimate the future potential landslides and utilize for the disaster management including awareness building of the local people.
Finally, Mr. Koike, a member of JICA Technical Cooperation for Landslide Mitigation Project (TCLMP), introduced the actual application of remote sensing products into the Koslanda landslide occurred on October 29, 2014 in Badulla district. He encouraged technical agencies to actively utilize the existing spatial data owned by the government in order to provide necessary information to the emergency operation timely and quickly.
In the seminar, an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that has been used in the TCLMP was exhibited. A number of participants listened to the detail explanation on the vehicle whether they can apply UAV into their own fields. In addition, some samples of horoscopic satellite image projects of Koslanda were also exhibited. The participant tried to use horoscopic grasses to experience 3D topographic features of the landslide prone area.
As Major General, L. B. R. MARK, the director of DMC commented at the opening remarks, the actual disaster occurs in the field; however the remote sensing technologies provide us important information that is unavailable from the field observation. JICA will continue to support technical assistance not only for remote sensing but also for actual application to the post-disaster management though the projects.
The venue became full with participants and media
Dr. Sato explain how to use stereoscope
Explaining the Project Outline by the Expert Mr. Koike
Lecture on Satellite Image usage on Disaster Management by Dr. Tadono
Lecture on case study Koslanda Landslide by Dr. Sato