Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Z_GIS invited to participate in the “International Workshop on Supporting Future Earth with Global Geo-information”

Based on an official invitation of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), Dr. Michael Hagenlocher (Z_GIS) participated in the “International Workshop on Supporting Future Earth with Global Geo-information” in Beijing, China.
The workshop aimed at presenting and discussing (1) the latest developments related to production and sharing of global spatial data, (2) successful applications of global geo-information, (3) examining user requirements and key gaps, and (4) identifying major challenges. It was attended by several high-level experts, including among many others the glaciologist and climatologist Prof Dahe Qin, who was a key contributor to the IPCC team that was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Invited experts (from left to right: Dr. David Ganz, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC); Dr. Michael Hagenlocher, University of Salzburg (Z_GIS); Mr. Chandra Mohan Bhatt, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)) and OOSA/UN-SPIDER officials (from left to right: Dr. Shirish Ravan (Head of the UN-SPIDER office Beijing); Mr. Luc St-Pierre (Senior Programme Officer from United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs ); Longfei Liu (UN-SPIDER, Beijing office).
At the workshop, Dr. Hagenlocher contributed to the session “Disaster Risk Reduction and Global Geoinformation” by delivering an invited talk entitled “From geo-data to geo-information: lessons learnt from applications throughout the disaster management cycle”, showcasing the outcome of several years of collaborative work at Z_GIS in the disaster management area.
The workshop concluded with the preparation of an International Declaration calling on communities to work together and promote multi-disciplinary collaboration towards providing reliable geo-information to support Future Earth, which shall be approved at the 2016 ISPRS Congress in Prague, Czech Republic

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