Ministry of Earth Sciences
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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

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The Ministry of Earth Sciences (Government of India), the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (ESSO-INCOIS), the Amrita School for Sustainable Development, the Center for Wireless Networks & Applications, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s UNESCO Chairs, and Esri India are jointly hosting an international symposium to critically reflect on the imprints of the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, its impact on global society, and advances in science and technology to build sustainable and resilient communities.

The symposium seeks to unveil challenges faced and lessons learnt from this unprecedented natural hazard and analyze the current preparedness in community resilience, governance, and technological solutions to mitigate any future impacts of Tsunamis.

Organized By: Ministry of Earth Sciences (Government of India), ESSO-INCOIS, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, and Esri India | Date: December 26, 2020 | Time: 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. IST (starts at 1:30 a.m. PST/10:30 a.m. CET/9:30 a.m. GMT)

Partners

Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh
Dean, International Programs
Director & Professor, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications,
UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Development & Innovation
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


Dr. Bhavani Rao R.
Director, AMMACHI Labs,
Chairperson, Department of Social Work, Amritapuri
UNESCO Chair in Women Empowerment & Gender Equality
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


 

Mr. Agendra Kumar
President,
Esri India






 

 

On December 26th, 2004, several coastal areas along the Indian Ocean were affected by 30-meter-high Tsunami waves from a 9.1-9.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. More than 200,000 people were killed and nearly 2 million people were displaced across 14 countries in this disaster. Fifteen years after this devastating event, how far have we advanced in early warning, mitigation and adaptation to Tsunamis? Through the medium of this symposium, we will provide a platform to policymakers, NGOs, technological innovators, and scientists to share their knowledge and answer questions that will help develop resilient communities across the world.

The Ministry of Earth Sciences (Government of India), the Indian National Center for Ocean Information Services (ESSO-INCOIS), Esri India, and Amrita’s prestigious UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development, UNESCO Chair on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment, School of Sustainable Development, and the Center for Wireless Networks & Applications are jointly hosting an international symposium to critically reflect on the imprints of the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, its subsequent impact on our society, and advances in science and technology that have helped to build sustainable and resilient communities.

SYMPOSIUM OBJECTIVES  

The symposium seeks to provide a platform to integrate the last 15 years of research in science and technology to improve the rehabilitation and resilience of coastal communities, and revive scientific social responsibility to reduce the risk and vulnerability factors. We seek to achieve this by:

  • Understanding the impact of Tsunamis on coastal community
  • Reflecting on lessons learned from the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami
  • Marking the advances in science and technology in monitoring and modeling of the Tsunami and its impacts
  • Coming up with a strategic framework to further advance our disaster preparedness, adaptation, and mitigation efforts to build sustainable and resilient communities

Dr. Venkat Rangan
Vice Chancellor
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


 

Prof. N. Vinod Chandra Menon
Founder Member,
National Disaster Management
Authority (NDMA), Government of India
 

Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan,
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India;
Chairman, ESSO-INCOIS; and Chairman, Earth Commission

a) Humanitarian Responses: Case Studies

The December 2004 Tsunami triggered an enormous humanitarian response that was unprecedented. The vastness of the affected geographical areas, population, and the number of countries affected made it a global phenomenon. Disaster response strategies and techniques adopted by NGOs and government agencies need to be comprehended and translated in a scientific way that will help prepare for the future.

b) Lessons Learnt

The disaster left many imprints and taught several lessons in disaster management, social and economic planning, and policy development. It is imperative for the global community to become aware of these lessons as an aftermath of the Tsunami.

Theme 1 Foci: 

  • Case studies by agencies who worked at the grassroots level
  • Short-term and long-term responses from affected countries
  • Challenges: Governance, Relief, Response, and Mitigation
  • Lessons Learnt

a) Response, Governance, & Community Resilience

South Asian coasts were greatly affected by the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami with varying degrees of disaster impact. Lives and properties were lost, different levels of socio-economic impacts were experienced and moreover, a new feeling of vulnerability developed within the coastal communities. To deal with these impacts and to build resilience, an integrated framework that includes the policies for preparedness, recovery, adaptation, mitigation and education is needed.

b) Technological Innovations: Monitoring, Detection and Early Warning Systems

Advanced monitoring of Tsunami events using IoT systems, remote sensing, and GIS are important in developing an early warning system. With the advent of AI and Geoinformatics, especially modeling with machine learning, deep neural networks and numerical coupled models have highly improved our early warning systems. It is important to understand how these technologies help to improve resilience across global coastal communities.

Theme 2 Foci: 

  • Response, Governance, & Community Resilience 
    • Policies & Governance: Decisions Support System and SoPs
    • Community Engagement Strategies
    • Implementation Strategies: Resilience Strategies
  • Technological Innovations - Monitoring, Detection and Early Warning Systems 
    • Technologies for Monitoring Spatially Distributed Hazards
    • Simulations/Decision Models Early Warning System
  • Technical Session in 'Spatial Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction' by Esri India
    • The session showcases how geospatial infrastructure enables an integrated platform for disaster risk reduction. It also demonstrates the capabilities and applications of Esri's ArcGIS for disaster risk management as well as in spatial monitoring of Tsunami.


Registration for the event is closed!

Inaugural Ceremony
03:00 pm - 03:03 pm Introduction
03:03 pm - 03:05 pm Prayer
03:10 pm - 03:05 pm Welcome Note
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Director & Professor, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications; UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Development & Innovation
03:10 pm - 03:15 pm Video Message
Tsunami Awareness Day Ms. Mami Mizutori, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)
03:15 pm - 03:25 pm Inaugural Address
Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India
03:25 pm - 03:35 pm Amrita Tsunami Response and Relief - Video film
03:35 pm - 03:50 pm Presidential Address
Indian Ocean Tsunami 2004: Mata Amritandamayi Math’s Response Swami Amritaswarupananda Puri, President, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
03:50 pm - 04:00 pm Address by Esri India
Mr. Agendra Kumar, President, ESRI India
04:00 pm - 04:03 pm Vote of Thanks
Dr. Sudhesh K. Wadhawan, Advisor and Adjunct Professor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham; Director General [Retired], Geological Survey of India
THEME 1: Tsunami - Responses & Lessons Learnt
04:05 pm - 04:15 pm Keynote 1 - Short and long term disaster responses for coastal communities across Asia Dr. Patrick Kilby, Senior Lecturer, Australian National University
04:15 pm - 04:35 pm Keynote 2 - MAM’s humanitarian operations in the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami: Implications for theory and practice Dr. Bhavani Rao R., Director, AMMACHI Labs; UNESCO Chair in Women Empowerment & Gender Equality
04:35 pm - 04:45 pm Keynote 3 - Tsunami response and lessons learnt from Sri Lanka Ms. Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu, Director, Duryog Nivaran - South Asia Network for Disaster Mitigation, Sri Lanka
04:45 pm - 04:55 pm Keynote 4 - Environmental Implications of Disaster Management: Lessons Learnt from the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Dr. Hari Srinivas, Professor of Environmental Policy, Graduate School of Policy Studies, Gakuin University, Japan
04:55 pm - 05:55 pm Panel Discussion - Reflections on Case studies & Lessons Learnt
Moderator: Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh
Rapporteur: Dr. Joost Monks, University of Geneva, Switzerland
05:55 pm - 06:05 pm BREAK
THEME 2: Tsunami - Are we ready for the Future?
06:05 pm - 06:15 pm Keynote 1 - Are We Ready to Face Another Tsunami?
Dr. Shailesh Nayak, Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
06:15 pm - 06:30 pm Keynote 2 - Early Warning System: INCOIS Tsunami Warning System
Dr. T. Srinivasa Kumar, Director, INCOIS
06:30 pm - 06:40 pm Keynote 3 - Making Indian Ocean Coastal Community Tsunami Ready
Mr. Ardito M. Kodijat, Head of the IOT Information Centre, UNESCO Office, Jakarta
06:40 pm - 06:45 pm Keynote 4 - Pacific Disaster Center: Tsunami Early Warning Video
Dr. Chris Chiesa, Deputy Executive Director, Pacific Disaster Center
06:45 pm - 06:55 pm Keynote 5 - Development of Indian Tsunami Buoy System Sagar Bhoomi - A Tsunami propagation detection and reporting system in the Ocean
Dr. R. Venkatesan, Scientist-G and Programme Director, Ocean Observation Systems, National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT)
06:55 pm - 07:05 pm Keynote 6 - OceanNet: Mobile Offshore Communication Network for Real Time Dissemination of Imminent Disaster Warning
Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Director & Professor, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications; UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Development & Innovation
07:05 pm - 07:15 pm Keynote 7 - Amrita-Kripa: Technology assisted Targeted Timely Disaster Relief
Prof. Sethuraman Rao, Associate Professor, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
07:15 pm - 07:45 pm Technical Session - Geospatial Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction
Ms. Seema Joshi, General Manager - Strategic Solutions & Technology, ESRI India
07:45 pm - 08:05 pm BREAK
08:05 pm - 08:55 pm Closing Panel Discussion - Tsunami: Are We Ready for the Future? Have we sufficiently addressed gaps from the past and learnt from its lessons?
Moderator: Prof. N. Vinod Chandra Menon, Founder Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
Valedictory Session
08:55 pm - 09:05 pm Welcome - Dr. Bhavani Rao R., Director, AMMACHI Labs; UNESCO Chair in Women Empowerment & Gender Equality, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
09:05 pm - 09:10 pm Institutional MoU Signing - Amrita & ESRI
09:10 pm - 09:15 pm Recommendations - Prof. N. Vinod Chandra Menon, Founder Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
09:15 pm - 09:30 pm Invited Special Addrtess by the Guest of Honour
Prof. Ian Davis, Visiting Professor, Kyoto, Lund, Oxford Brookes Universities and Honorary Visiting Professor, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
09:30 pm - 09:45 pm Valedictory Address by the Chief Guest
Shri. Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)
09:45 pm - 09:50 pm Vote of Thanks
Mr. Vishal Sharma, ESRI

Inaugural Ceremony

Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan
Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES),
Government of India; Chairman, ESSO-INCOIS; and Chairman, Earth Commission
 

Swami
Amritaswarupananda Puri,

President,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
 

Ms. Mami Mizutori
UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR),
Geneva, Switzerland

Mr. Agendra Kumar
President,
Esri India


 

Keynote Speakers & Panel Members

Prof. Ian Davis
Visiting Professor at Kyoto, Lund, and Oxford Brookes Universities,
Honorary Visiting Professor at RMIT,
Recipient of the UN Sasakawa Award
Special Address: Safe Recovery After Disasters - Four Essentials

Shri Kamal Kishore
Member,
National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA),
Government of India



 

Dr. Shailesh Nayak
Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru,
Distinguished Scientist of Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
Title: Are We Prepared to Face Another Tsunami?



 

Dr. T. Srinivasa Kumar
Director, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS),
Ministry of Earth Sciences, India
Title: Early Warning System for Tsunamis – Current Status and Future Perspectives

Dr. Chris Chiesa
Deputy Executive Director,
Pacific Disaster Center, Hawaii







 

Ms. Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu
Recipient of the Mary Fran Myers Award,
Senior Expert in Disaster and Climate Risk Management, Sri Lanka
Title: Tsunami Response and Lessons Learnt from Sri Lanka

Dr. R. Venkatesan
Scientist G & Program Director, Ocean Observation Systems, National Institute of Ocean Technology, Ministry of Earth Sciences India,
Chair of GOOS Regional Alliances Council of UNESCO IOC Paris
International Tsunameter Partnership of WMO & UNESCO
Title: Development of Indian Tsunami Buoy System Sagar Bhoomi - A Tsunami Propagation Detection & Reporting System in the Ocean,

Dr. Patrick Kilby
Senior Lecturer and Convener of the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development Program, Australian National University

Title: Short and Long -Term Disaster Responses for Coastal Communities Across Asia

Dr. Joost Mönks
Lecturer, University of Geneva,
Switzerland

Prof. Hari Srinivas
Professor of Global Environmental Policy,
Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Antony Gnanamuthu
Operations Manager,
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Dr. Sekhar L. Kuriakose
Member Secretary (Ex-Officio),
Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), India

Mr. N. Paul Divakar
Chairperson,
Asia Dalit Rights Forum and Convenor
Global Forum on Discrimination on Work and Descent





 

Mr. Ardito M. Kodijat
ITST-Palu Indonesian Coordination and Liaison,
IOTIC-BMKG Programme Office,
UNESCO Office Jakarta, Indonesia

Title: Making Indian Ocean Coastal Communities Tsunami Ready

Mr. Luis Aguilar
Tsunami Programme Specialist,
UNESCO, Paris, France

Ms. Sri Hartini Rachmad
Researcher, BPS Statistics Indonesia (NSO),
Lecturer at Statistics Institute, Jakarta

Mr. Vijay Kumar
Senior Vice President and CTO,
Esri India



 

Ms. Seema Joshi
General Manager, Strategic Solutions &Technology
Esri India

Technical Session in 'Spatial Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction' by Esri India

Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh
Director & Professor, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications,
UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Development & Innovation,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India

Title: OceanNet: Mobile Offshore Communication Network for Real Time Dissemination of Imminent Disaster Warning

Dr. Bhavani Rao R.
Director, AMMACHI Labs,
UNESCO Chair in Women Empowerment & Gender Equality,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India







 

Dr. Sophia Von Lieres
Professor,
Department of Social Works,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India

Prof. Sethuraman Rao
Associate Professor,
Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Application, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India

Event Details
Date: 
2020-12-26 15:00 to 22:00
ORGANIZED BY:
School: 
School for Sustainable Development
Campus: 
Amritapuri
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