The Survey of India is undertaking an Integrated Coastal Zone Mapping of the entire 6,000 odd km of India’s coastline as part of the hazard line mapping being taken up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Surveyor General of India Swarna Subba Rao said.
Speaking at the National Symposium on Remote Sensing and GIS for Environment with special emphasis on Marine and Coastal Dynamics organised at the inaugural of the annual conventions of Indian Society of Geomatics and Indian Society of Remote Sensing here on Wednesday, he said that the Survey of India would provide the maps to the Ministry and its agencies like the Andhra University.
The SoI has been asked to map the coast up to a depth of seven km from the high tide line, he said. The universities and the MoEF would after analysis of the data provided by the SoI would draw the hazard line along the coast. The Survey of India would then transfer the information to the ground level by setting up markers on the ground demarcating the hazard line.
President of Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and Union Secretary Department of Earth Sciences Sailesh Nayak, spoke on how satellites have helped in resource mapping apart from weather forecasting.
President of Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) and Director National Remote Sensing Centre V K Dhudwal pointed out that Remote Sensing was the largest player in Big Data.
The systems have evolved to be able to provide geospatial information in real time like the facility on Bhuvan website, he said. Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G.S.N. Raju spoke on the evolving importance of GIS in everyday life. Secretary of ISG N.S. Mehta, Secretary ISRS S.P. Aggarwal, emeritus professor of Department of Geo-Engineering of AU College of Engineering (Autonomous), and organising secretary Kakani Nageswara Rao spoke.