Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh, Dean of International Programs and Director of Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, was invited to present the ongoing research and development work on rainfall-induced landslide risk reduction at the India-UK Workshop: Science for Disaster and Emergency Risk Management, held at New Delhi, from August 29-30, 2019. The event was organized by the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser, GoI, along with the National Disaster Management Authority in partnership with the UK Governments Office of Science. During the session on geophysical hazards, Dr. Maneesha showcased an Indian case study focusing on challenges in landslide risk reduction in India.
Dr. Maneesha is the Director of the Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) and the center has been working on disaster risk reduction. With the UK, AmritaWNA has a joint project on rainfall-induced landslides. AmritaWNA team had developed and deployed 2 real-time landslide warning systems in Western Ghats (Munnar) and the Himalayas (Sikkim) that had been saving lives by providing warnings before disaster struck. Amrita is a world center of excellence in landslide risk reduction recognized by International Consortium on Landslides (ICL).