Russian-Indian Conference on Disaster Management Technologies

Russian-Indian Conference on Disaster Management Technologies

An India-Russia Scientific Webinar on Disaster Management Technologies was held on December 1–2, 2021. The event was organized by the RAS Department for International Cooperation jointly with the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research under the Government of the Republic of India and the Indian Embassy in Moscow as part of the scientific and technical cooperation between the two countries.

Opening remarks were made by Anatoly Solovyev, Director of the Geophysical Centre, Corresponding Member of the RAS, and his Indian counterpart Prof. Kalachand Sain, Director of the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology at Dehradun.

«When developing disaster management technologies, it is important to understand that people cannot suspend or change the course of the planet’s evolutionary transformations; we can only predict their development with a certain degree of probability, and sometimes even influence their dynamics. So, the tasks of timely prediction of natural disasters, oversight, monitoring of evolving situations, control and mitigation of their negative consequences are now coming to the fore», Anatoly Solovyev stressed.

For his part, Prof. Kalachand Sain highlighted the importance of the webinar topic given the increased number of natural disasters in recent decades, caused by both natural processes of the Earth’s evolutionary change and destructive human activities, and spoke about the latest advances made by Indian scientists in disaster management technology and the importance of cooperation. «Our joint efforts will increase both sides’ knowledge in the field, enhance resilience, reduce loss of life and avoid large material losses», he believes.

The conference brought together scholars from various fields of science to present their developments in the field of disaster management: technologies for forecasting and monitoring, observing development of hazardous situations and mitigating their negative consequences.

The panel discussions focused on Big Data collection, processing and storage, crisis analytics, analysis of weather sensors and satellite imagery to improve forecasts, resilient infrastructures based on modern technology, use of drones and robotics, IoT data integration and other scientific methods for collecting and processing information to improve disaster response.

The webinar on the YouTube channel rasinternational