Venue: Department of Geography, University of Madras

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Event Date/Time: Jan 21, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Feb 10, 2008
Paper Submission Date: Feb 22, 2008
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National Seminar on
Geoinformatics for Natural Resources Management
February 28-29, 2008


Workshop on
Emerging Trends in Geo-Spatial Analysis
-Modeling and Management
March 1-2, 2008

Organised by

Department of Geography
School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Chepauk Campus, Chennai- 600 005
Tamil Nadu- INDIA

Phone: +91-44-2539 9660
Fax: +91-44-2536 6693


About the University
Established in the year 1857, the University of Madras is the mother of almost all the Old Universities of Southern India. In the last 150 years, this University has been growing from strength to strength while widening its teaching and research activities.

In recent years, the University by its quality education has been accredited by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with the highest rating. The UGC has recognised the University as the first centre for potentials of excellence in the Country.

Department of Geography
The Department of Geography has been the flag bearer of Geographic Science Teaching and Training ever since it was instituted in the year 1932.

Today, The Department of Geography is a National Centre for Advanced Studies in GIS, Digital Image Processing and Spatial Data Management. GIS and Digital Cartography laboratories were established under Madras – Waterloo University linkage programme which was supported by CIDA. The Geo-matics laboratories have been developed under Special Assistance Programme of UGC and FIST programme of the Department of Science and Technology. The Department has active collaboration with various National/International organizations and NGOs.

The Department offers Post-graduate Degree Courses in Spatial Information Technology and Applied Geography and an industry oriented Post-graduate Diploma Course in GIS Management as an evening programme. Workshops and Short-term courses in Remote Sensing and GIS, Advanced Statistical Analysis and Geographical Report writing are conducted in the department.

Distance Education is promoted by offering M.Sc Geography (IDE) and also an online M.A Sustainable Development in collaboration with Staffordshire University, UK .

Natural Resources Management
The management of natural resources such as land, water, soil, plants and animals, with a particular focus on how management affects the quality of life for both present and future generations forms the core of any Natural resource Management exercise. The discipline has given rise to the notion of sustainable development, a principle which forms the basis for land management and environmental governance throughout the world.

Geoinformatics is the broad umbrella encompassing areas of Remote Sensing, GIS & GPS. Globally, it plays a pivotal role in all development and planning activities. It exploits the advances made in the areas of Geosciences, Biosciences, Social sciences and Engineering. Mainly in the field of Natural Resources, Geoinformatics plays a major role in the acquisition, analysis, management and visualization of spatial entities and phenomena.

Need for Geoinformatics
The changing world scenario with regard to spatial data dissemination and sharing is becoming increasingly evident. The availability of detailed maps and satellite image data pertaining to all parts of the world on the World Wide Web in digital form has revolutionized thinking research and planning of various types.

Geoinformatics helps in the assessment of results of various government policies that have a bearing on the spatial location of various activities. It also helps in the identification of various environmental problems both physical and social. Location and optimization of the amenities and facilities can also be decided upon with the help of Geoinformatics. The seminar will address the problems, issues and sustainable development of natural resources using Geoinformatics technology.
The Seminar: Geoinformatics is being learnt and implemented all over the world by various government departments, private sector organisations and universities with increasing fervour. The proposed seminar will highlight the Geoinformatics applications in land and water resources management action plans.

The Workshop: The main focus of the workshop will be on Spatial Modellling, especially its implementation. There is a limited capacity for the workshop and hence it will be on the first-come-first-served basis.

Call for Papers: Those who wish to present paper are invited to submit an abstract not exceeding 500 words along with the completed registration form and fee to Dr.G. Bhaskaran, Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Madras Chennai 600005 on or before 10.02.2008. Full papers not exceeding 8000 words (One soft & hard copy ) related to the major themes. Research Scholars & Students must submit a bonafide certificate from the Head of the Department/ Supervisor along with the abstract.

Major Themes: (Thrust on Natural Resources Management)

• Natural Resources and Watershed Management
• Water harvesting and conservation techniques
• Soil Resources Studies and Crop Simulation Modelling
• Land degradation and Desertification
• Biodiversity & Sustainable Development
• Costal Zone Management and Resource Mapping
• Hazard Zonation and Vulnerability Modelling
• Disaster Risk Analysis and Management
• Forest Res. Assessment & Forest Fire Risk Zonation
• Geo- Spatial Analysis– GIS/ RS- 3D Modelling
• Poverty and Agriculture
• Panchayat Raj and Integrated Rural Development
• Traditional Knowledge, Eco-systems & NRM

Abstract submission via email as word file attachment is preferred (


Additional Information

Demand Draft in favour of the Professor and Head. Department of Geography, University of Madras, Chennai 600005, Payable at State Bank of India, Madras University Branch (Code - 02234) Chennai – 600 005 on or before 18-02-2008. Financial Support Limited Travel grant (Second Class) is available. Those who require travel grant should submit their paper well in advance of the deadline. Registration Fees Seminar Workshop Delegates : Rs 250/- Rs 250/- Research Scholars & Students: Rs. 100/- Rs. 100/- Accompanying persons: Rs. 100/- Rs. 100/- Registration fees includes Registration materials, abstract volume and working lunch.