17-19 November 2011: Geospatial Exhibition on Earth Observation Applications for Climate Policy and Actions

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A Geospatial Exhibition on Earth Observation Applications for Climate Policy and Actions was organised as a side event at the Bhutan Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas held also in Thimphu, Bhutan, from 17 to 19 November 2011. A series of posters, demonstrations, and online applications were exhibited, which showcased key earth observation applications addressing climate change in the eastern Himalayan region with a particular focus on Bhutan. The exhibition/ showcase was inaugurated by The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Lyonchen Jigme Y Thinley, Royal Government of Bhutan. 

The event was targeted at delegates attending the Bhutan Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas. It featured web-based access to satellite imagery and map-based information, decision support tools, and interactive visualisations that can provide decision makers with easy access to information. The showcase featured real world applications, ranging from understanding the melting of glaciers and snow, to accessing agricultural productivity for food security analysis, detecting forest fires, rapid response mapping for disaster emergency, happiness index mapping, and the 3D visualisation of Bumthang and Thimphu. The exhibition was open to the general public on 19 November 2011.