Registrations open to Online Course on Remote Sensing of Land Degradation

Are you a student of Remote Sensing or Geoinformatics? Are you interested to join an online course on Remote Sensing? Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are going to conduct a 70th Outreach programme on Remote Sensing and Land Degradation from December 1-7, 2020. Eligible candidates can join the course online. Read this article to know about the course and the registration process.

About the Institute

Indian 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 Course

Land 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 Content

Topic 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 Material

Course 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 Duration

December 01, 2020 to December 07, 2020.

Course Fee

The course is sponsored by ISRO and there is no course fee for attending this course.

Who can join the course?

  • Professionals (who is working in the field of land management, mitigating degradation as well as land restoration in any Central Government or State Government or State Watershed directorates or private organization or NGO)
  • Students
  • Researchers
  • National Knowledge Network (NKN) Institutions on high speed
  • Users of CEC-UGC / CIET / other networks

Registration Process

The 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:

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:

Requirements to Attend the Programme

The programme can be attended through e-learning. For this, the candidate must have the following:
  • Good internet connectivity.
  • Desktop computer/laptop with a web camera, microphone and output speaker.
  • Large display screen/projector/TV.

Note: No specific hardware/software required.

Issuance of Certificate

Upon 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:
  1. 70% attendance
  2. 40% marks in online examination

Contact Details

  • Dr Suresh Kumar
    Course Director: Agriculture and Soils Department

  • Mr Justin George K
    Course Coordinator: Agriculture and Soils Department

  • Dr Poonam S Tiwari
    Programme Coordinator
    IIRS Outreach Programme
    Tel: 0135-2524334

  • IIRS DLP Team
    Mr Janardan Vishwakarma & Mr Ashok Ghildiyal
    Tel: 0135-2524130

  • Address: Indian Institute of Remote Sensing,
    Indian Space Research Organisation
    Department of Space, Govt. of India,
    4-Kalidas Road, Dehradun

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