Articles in the Applications Category

Apr 2011 | No Comment

An earthquake of magnitude 9.0 occurred on 11th of March at 14:46 in the east of Japan, causing a tsunami which hit the east coast, and made extensive damages in five prefectures: Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki, and has made direct and indirect impacts to the other nearby provinces including Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo and Kanagawa prefectures. As of March 21, the confirmed number of death is 8,450 with reported missing 12,931. Thus, the total casualty may be over more than 21,000 people, and therefore making it as the worst disaster Japan has experienced after the World War II.

Apr 2011 | No Comment

Recommendations of the National Commission on Urbanization (NCU), set up in 1985, covered the aspects of emergence of nodal points; special regional characteristics of urban growth; spatial eco-tones of urbanization; spatial distribution of wheat and rice productivity and industrial employment; and spatial planning of settlements . Besides other analysis, it studied the spatial distribution of cities and urban agglomerations in 1971 and 1981 .

Dec 2010 | One Comment


The Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has the sovereign authority to modernize the Indian Airspace. Rapid strides have been made by the Ministry of Civil Aviation in implementing many elements of the Global Air Navigation Plan recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (CNS)/Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems. India is a founding member of ICAO and is a regional member of the ICAO Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning …

Nov 2010 | No Comment

After the euphoria over the successful Chile mine rescue it is time to analyze the incident and ponder on the lessons learned.

Mines and accidents have been intertwined since time immemorial. But the Chile mining accident has become a watershed. Not because of the accident itself – this was no different from the many that have …

Aug 2010 | No Comment

Latest Indian RS Satellite Cartosat-2B and a Dream’ of students

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) successfully launched CARTOSAT-2B from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota on 12 July 2010.
In addition to CARTOSAT-2B; PSLV-C15 carried four auxiliary satellites namely STUDSAT a pico-satellite weighing less than 1 kg, built jointly by students from a consortium …

Jul 2010 | No Comment

The need – environment of an Urban Information System has undergone a sea change over the last few years. Couple of years back the requirements of information system was designed and projected primarily from the planners community. They were satisfied if the physical information was supplied on a scale of 1:5000/1:10000…

Jul 2010 | No Comment

During the last half century, countries all over the world went through a remarkable economic growth, which resulted in higher income levels and changes in people’s way of living. In particular, transportation industry has undergone a dramatic change. The number of privately owned cars has explosively increased to facilitate individuals’ travel. Volume of goods transportation also rose sharply due to expanding global trade and online commerce…

May 2010 | No Comment

During a disaster, situational awareness can mean the difference between life and death. Satellites provide reliable and rapid communication, observation and positioning tools, especially when crucial on-the-ground infrastructure is damaged. Risk management activities also benefit greatly from space-based data…

Mar 2010 | No Comment

Over the past 100 years the world’s total population has quadrupled – from 1.6 billion to 6.6 billion. (Footnote: Population Bulletin, “World Population Highlights: Key Findings From PRB’s 2007 World Population Data Sheet” http:// www.prb.org/Articles/2007/623WorldPop. aspx.) In many parts of the world we see growing poverty. We now face increasingly worrisome resource constraints and environmental difficulties,

Feb 2010 | No Comment

Earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, collapsed buildings… There are many situations in which people could suddenly become trapped and unable to free themselves without the assistance of search and rescue professionals…