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The geospatial solutions theme leverages state-of-the-art technologies in earth observation to solve the important issues in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region.

Mir Abdul Matin

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Theme Leader

Our focus

Role as the interface

Our geospatial solutions team are up-to-date with global developments in Earth observation and geospatial technology and leverage their use to provide solutions to the complex problems in the HKH.

Earth observation has advance dramatically and together with geospatial methods to analyse remotely sensed data, we leverage opportunities to gain insights into regional scenarios, to integrate local scale processes with coarser scales, to characterise ecosystem conditions and changes, and to analyse effects of different management and development processes on the functioning of ecosystems.

Recent advances in Earth observation, near real-time data, in-situ measurements, and advancement of information and communication technologies have transformed the way information is generated and used to benefit society. We aim to make optimal use of these technological developments, closely linking observation and science programmes with decision support structures that translate knowledge into actionable information.

Geospatial solutions

Thematic groups

Land use land cover & ecosystems
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Agriculture and food security
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Geoinformation technology
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Cryosphere, water and disasters
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Earth observation data and tools are increasingly playing a crucial role in enhancing the decision making at various scales in the world.

Geospatial solutions

Work areas/ Competencies

  • Spatial analysis and modelling
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • High and very high resolution data processing
  • Web based application
  • Unmanned aerial vehicle/ drone based mapping
  • Decision support system development
  • Capacity building
  • Policy intervention
  • Big data and cloud computing development

GEOAPPS

Featured products

Land cover dynamics in Nepal

The application provides easy access to the harmonised land cover database developed for Nepal over different time slices (1990, 2000 and 2010) and provides.. user friendly tools for generating statistics to understand the change processes and to support the informed decisions..

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Land cover dynamics in Nepal
HKH Snow cover monitoring
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Agriculture atlas of Nepal
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Climate resilient forest management system
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Recent publications

Name of the publication Year Citation
Mass balance and a glacier surge of Guliyaice cap in the western Kunlun Shan between 2005 and 2015 2020
Spatio-temporal changes in the six major glaciers of the ChitralRiver basin (HinduKushRegion of Pakistan) between 2001 and 2018 2020
Collect Earth: An online tool for systematic reference data collection in land cover and use applications 2019 11
Assessment of Land Cover Change and Its Impact on Changes in Soil Erosion Risk in Nepal 2018 14
Understanding the dynamics in distribution of invasive alien plant species under predicted climate change in Western Himalaya 2018 32
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Around the HKH

Events around the HKH

Our involvement

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Mountain GeoPortal

Innovative and integrated geo-based solutions to support informed decision-making for mountain development policies and practices.

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Regional Database System

Regional Database System

The Regional Database System (RDS) ensures the integrated management of centre-wide data and information incorporating geospatial, socioeconomic, and multi-thematic data at different levels.

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Other themes

Discipline-specific knowledge

Our themes focus on discipline-specific knowledge. Working in partnerships, theme-based staff develop and customize methodologies and tools, and carry out innovative applied research to address the complex issues in the HKH.

Ecosystem services
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Water and air
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Livelihoods
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