Saturday, February 11, 2012
Spatial Analysis of Climate Change Impacts
GIScience Institute of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Centre for Geoinformatics cooperate in organizing a regional workshop in Lobesa, Bhutan, led by Prof. Strobl and Dr. Shahnawaz from February 9-15. Hosted by the College of Natural Resources (CNR, Royal University of Bhutan - RUB) and supported by the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet, this GIScience-based advanced training for teachers and professionals brings together participants from Bhutan, Nepal, India and Austria.
After the opening ceremony introduced by CNR Director Dorji Wangchuck and chaired by the RUB Vice Chancellor Dasho Dr. Pema Thinley, participants followed a series of lectures exploring the foundations of climate change impacts on mountain environments, and concepts for spatial analysis methodologies. Due to a diverse range of backgrounds in Geography, Forestry, Ecology, Hydrology and Development Research, participants created a unique environment for exchanging experiences and viewpoints.
The majority of time was dedicated to practical work on several case studies, building practical experience with functionalities of GIS required for researching and monitoring climate change effects with a particular focus on mountain environments. Lectures and trainings all were conducted at CNR's beautifully situated campus in the Punakha valley, providing an excellent backdrop to a unique learning experience for all participants. Special thanks go to Mr. Ugyen Thinley from CNR for the perfect organisation of this workshop!