About the InstituteIndian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) is a leading institute which provides education and training to the students and professionals in the field of Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics etc. The institute was set up in 1966 in the name of Photo-interpretation Institute (IPI) in Dehradun under the aegis of Survey of India (SOI) in collaboration of the Government of The Netherlands. Later the IIRS became a separate entity of ISRO since April 2011 and got affiliation to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Department of Space, Govt. of India and has the main aim of the capacity building of the students and professionals in the field of Remote Sensing, Geoinformatics and GNSS Technology for Natural Resources, Environmental and Disaster Management. IIRS also offers various course material and educational programmes to meet the requirements of the students at undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduate level. IIRS also conducts an e-learning programme on Remote Sensing and Geo-information from time to time. Now, an online course on Remote Sensing of Land Degradation s being organised by the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing Applications (IIRS) from December 1 to 7, 2020. The programme will be sponsored by Indian Space Research Organisation, Department of Space, Government of India.
Benefits of the CourseLand degradation is the loss of productivity caused by natural disaster or human activities. It causes huge pressure on various natural resources like soil, water, vegetation etc. Which leads to the excessive use of these natural resources and their depletion. Unscientific management of these resources will result in the adverse effects on agriculture and ecosystems. Nowadays to estimate and monitor different land degradation processes, Earth Observation (EO) satellites of different wavelengths are used. They can monitor different processes like soil erosion, soil salinity, vegetal degradation, desertification etc. The remote sensing data will also help to prepare soil erosion models and periodically monitoring the impact of land degradation and desertification process on vegetation growth and productivity. Besides, management strategies to mitigate the effect of degradation and to monitor the restoration activities can be formulated using geospatial techniques. In short, the course will help the participants to understand different land degradation processes and monitoring and management strategies by using EO satellites and geospatial techniques.
Course ContentTopic 1. An overview of Remote Sensing of Land Degradation
Topic 2. Remote Sensing of Soil Erosion
Topic 3. Remote Sensing of Salt-affected Soils: Optical & Microwave
Topic 4. Remote Sensing of Vegetal Degradation and Desertification
Topic 5. Mitigating Land Degradation and Land Restoration
Course MaterialCourse study materials will be provided during online classes. It will include lecture slides, video-recorded lectures, open-source software & lecture & demonstration handouts, exercise, assignments etc.
Course DurationDecember 01, 2020 to December 07, 2020.
Course FeeThe course is sponsored by ISRO and there is no course fee for attending this course.
Who can join the course?
Registration ProcessThe number of seats to the course is limited hence the registration will be done on a first-come-first-serve basis. To register for the course, the candidates must visit the website of IIRS and check the details. It is mandatory that the organization or university or institute, interested to participate, must be registered as co-ordinator in this programme at IIRS website.
First, the coordinators must register their organization/university/ institute as a nodal centre in IIRS website (Website: https://elearning.iirs.gov.in/edusatregistration/coordinator).
Thereafter, all the interested participants will have to register themselves through the online registration page by selecting his/her organization as a nodal centre (Website: https://elearning.iirs.gov.in/edusatregistration/student).
Requirements to Attend the ProgrammeThe programme can be attended through e-learning. For this, the candidate must have the following:
Note: No specific hardware/software required.
Issuance of CertificateUpon completion, of course, the certificate will be awarded to all the participants including students and working professionals. The criteria for the issuance of the certificate will be as follows:
Course Director: Agriculture and Soils Department
Course Coordinator: Agriculture and Soils Department
IIRS Outreach Programme
Mr Janardan Vishwakarma & Mr Ashok Ghildiyal
Indian Space Research Organisation
Department of Space, Govt. of India,
4-Kalidas Road, Dehradun
Course Brochure Link: https://www.iirs.gov.in/iirs/sites/default/files/pdf/DLP%20Course%20Brochure_LD.pdf