Geography Week / GIS Day (15-19-Nov-2021)


On Geography Week / GIS Day (15-19-Nov-2021), the WII-C2C for Natural Heritage Management in the Asia Pacific hosted a 2-day researcher led workshop "Appications of Geospatial Data in Natural Heritage Management" in a hybrid mode (offline and online). A large gathering consisting of 80 researchers and staff attended. On Day 1, the workshop included overview from Dr. Gautam Talukdar, Faculty In-Charge, WII-C2C; Dr. K. Ramesh, Nodal Officer IT, RS & GIS cell and Dr. Panna Lal, GIS In-Charge, briefed the attendees on the use of GIS, avenues for spatial thinking as well as the GIS facilities available to WII researchers and staff. Thereafter through a series of presentations, the basics of GIS (Mr. Amir Lone), available free courses on GIS (Mr. Anuranjan Roy), GIS for World Heritage Management (Dr. Chitiz Joshi), Geostatistics in Stream Networks (Ms. Aashna Sharma) and Application of Drone Technology (Mr. Ravindra and Mr. Ankit Zode), were learnt by the attendees for future applications to their own needs. Post lunch, a series of 2-3 minute lightning talks sent in by researchers in the field set the tone for the hands-on workshop on the Google Earth Engine by Ms. Sneha Pandey and Ms. Saumyata Srivastava. Day 02 also had its fair share of learning as participants got to apply Python (Mr. Venkanna), Circuitscape, Fragstat (Dr. Indranil Mondal) and Maxent/Biomod (Mr. Debanjan Sarkar & Dr. Anukul Nath) before concluding. This event has been now been conducted for 3 consecutive years led by researchers and Dr. Dhananjai Mohan, Director WII lauded the initiative.