This paper describes the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices to map informal settlements in Cuttack, India in ways that enhance and support residents’ participation in the data collection and planning process. Rather than

Emergency Operation Centre coming up; strong network of personnel and services to be developed

The Delhi Government is awaiting a report by the Army, which had conducted a third-party evaluation of the mega mock drill carried out by the National Disaster Management Authority in Delhi on February 15, to finalise its plans for setting up a major emergency operation centre for disaster management and procurement of essential equipment.

Wind potential estimates in India needed to be reassessed to keep pace with improving technologies in the field. This study shows that the country had the capacity to yield wind power in the range of 600 to 1000 GW with current available technologies.

AHMEDABAD: The ambitious Rs 15.9 crore e-governance project for Ahmedabad city has finally been given the nod by the JnNURM committee. The project once implemented will not only strengthen electronic interface between the public and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), but also bring in transparency in taxation issues.

It has taken Arjun Munda over four and a half months to persuade the mines and geology department to check illegal mining, albeit in a half-hearted manner.

JAIPUR: Tracking of tigers through radio collars at Sariska Tiger Reserve will soon become passe as the wildlife department plans to monitor the activities of tigers and other animals through globa

Based on the Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network (GIDEON), a global database including water-associated pathogens and diseases was developed. In this study, reported outbreak events associated with corresponding water-associated infectious diseases from 1991 to 2008 were extracted from the database. The location of each reported outbreak event was identified and geocoded into a GIS database.

Chandigarh: The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be deploying airborne lasers and sensors to generate precision data about Himalayan topography and the amount of snow cover

Agro-climatic resource inventory characterization in spatial domain can play a great role in site specific suitability of sustainable agricultural crop production. An attempt has been made for creation of spatial database and zoning of agro-climatic resources of Punjab in spatial environment using GIS approach. This zoning approach divided Punjab into five zones for temperature and seven zones for Length of Growing Period (LGP).

Understanding the growth dynamics of urban agglomerations is essential for ecologically feasible developmental planning. The inefficient and consumptive use of land and its associated resources is termed sprawl. By monitoring changes in the urban sprawl over a period of time, the impact of changing land use on land, ecology and environment system can be assessed.