Presentations of the United Nations / Pakistan / Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water - 4th International Conference on the Use of Space Technology for Water Management

Islamabad, Pakistan, 26 February - 2 March 2018

Co-sponsored by the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Science and Technology (ISNET)

Hosted by the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) on behalf of the Government of Pakistan

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Day 1 - Monday, 26 February 2018

Opening Ceremony

Video Address by Director, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)



Special Plenary Session (Session Chairs: Imran IQBAL (SUPARCO), Lorant CZARAN (UNOOSA))
Keynote - UNISPACE+50 and the importance of space technologies for water and development related SDGs - Lorant CZARAN, UNOOSA, Austria
Keynote - Global Surface Water - The where and when of inland and coastal waters - Andreas BRINK, European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Italy
Keynote - Earth Observations in support of the SDG monitoring frameworks - Douglas CRIPE, GEO Secretariat, Swithzerland
Keynote - African Association of Remote Sensing of Environment (AARSE) - Promoting effective utilisation of Earth Observation Systems for Africa's Development - Kamal LABBASSI, Secretary General, AARSE, Morocco



Plenary Session 1 - Space Applications for Water Security and Risk Management (Moderator: Faisal KARIM, SUPARCO, Chair: Yun CHEN, CSIRO Australia
Co-chair: Yaoming MA, ITP/CAS China)
Keynote Address - Shahbaz KHAN, UNESCO, Indonesia
Identifying River Bank Erosion Hot Spots and Mapping River Discharge Data using Geo-spatial Technologies - Zahir ALI, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Use of Space Technology to Water Resources Management in Syria - Marwan KOUDMANI, Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development Society, Syria
Space Applications for Water and Disaster Management - Serbia Space Strategy 2018-2024 - Milan MIJOVIC, Serbian office for Space sciences, research and development, Serbia
Geospatial Technologies for Flood Hazard Assessment in Pakistan - Muhammad FAROOQ, SUPARCO, Pakistan



Introduction and Interactive Ideas Session
United Nations/PSIPW Space and Water Portal - Nina KICKINGER, UNOOSA, Austria




Day 2 - Tuesday, 27 February 2018 (Shamadan, Serena Hotel)

Plenary Session 2 - Geospatial Information in Water Resource Management (cont.) - (Moderator: Jahanzeb MALIK, SUPARCO, Chair: Shahbaz KHAN, UNESCO, Indonesia, Co-chair: Yinsheng ZHANG, ITP/CAS China)
Keynote - Monitoring, Detecting Surface Water Using Remote Sensing - Yun CHEN, CSIRO, Australia
Assessing Water Ecosystem Services and their Dependency on Land use changes with Google Earth Engine and ArcSWAT: A case study of the Azov Sea Basin - Sara PRUCKNER, Central European University, Austria
UNESCO World Water Quality Portal: Water Quality Monitoring Using Satellite Data -Sarantuyaa ZANDARYAA, UNESCO, France
Improving Land Surface Model simulations via advancements in parameterizations and assimilations of satellite-retrieved estimates - Jahanzeb MALIK, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Murgh-O-Mahi Cube Satellite for Water Resource Management - Muhammad-Hassaan SHEIKH, British Columbia Institute of Technology Satellite Launch Program, Canada
Sustainable use of irrigation water in arid areas of East-Africa - Ambrose OTACHI, Jinja Engineering Company, Uganda



Plenary Session 2 - Geospatial Information in Water Resource Management (cont.) - (Moderator: Jahanzeb MALIK, SUPARCO, Chair: Sarantuyaa ZANDARYAA, UNESCO, France, Co-chair: Victor LAGUTOV, CEU Hungary)
Discovery of Groundwater Reserves - Mohamed Ahmed TARABZOUNI, KACST, Saudi Arabia
Improving Water Management in Punjab (Pakistan) Barani areas through use of geospatial technologies - Arifa LODHI, SUPARCO and Muhammad KAMRAN, ABAD, Pakistan
Flash Floods due to Urbanization - Sumaira ZAFAR, Institute of Space Technology (IST), Pakistan
Application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Imagery for Disaster Management - Muhammad Maisam RAZA, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Spatio-temporal analysis of changes in rainfall regime using long term satellite based rainfall data in the Sudano Sahelian zone of Nigeria - Muhammad USMAN, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Special Administrative Region of China
Iranian Experiences on using of satellite images and energy balance based algorithms in estimating the actual Evapotranspiration - Karimi NEAMAT, Water Research Institute, Iran
Annual run-off estimation of Kunhar River using Satellite Remote Sensing and GIS Techniques - Muhammad JAWAD, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Improved Water Resources Management Using Geospatial Data and Remote Sensing Techniques (Case Study - AL Azraq Area) - Nivin HASAN and Awni KHASAWNEH, Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre, Jordan
Validation of TRMM satellite data with rain gauge data in Sindh province, Pakistan Muhammad Usman KHAN, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Space Technology for Water Management - Pramod GAUTAM, Disaster Management Division, Nepal
Spatio-temporal water quality assessment of River Ravi over and surrounding of Lahore district - Muhammad LUQMAN, Ammad BAIG, Samiullah KHAN - University of Melbourne, Australia
Designing Rapid Response Mapping System for Flood Monitoring and Damage Assessment using Geospatial Technologies - Muhammad ALI, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Optimization of water resources using conjunctive management approach for surface and groundwater - Rabia TABASSUM, National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (FAST), Pakistan



Plenary Session 3 - Using Space Technologies to Address Water Challenges in Mountain Regions - (Moderator: Suhaib BIN FARHAN, SUPARCOChair: Douglas CRIPE, GEO Secretariat, Co-chair: Mohamed Ahmed TARABZOUNI, KACST, Saudi Arabia)
Keynote - Glacier Volume in Upper Indus River Basin - Solid Storage of Pakistan Water - Yinsheng ZHANG, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Trans-boundary hydro-ecological and spatio-temporal characterization of large water - Athar HUSSAIN, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Satellite topographic mapping: a key space technology for sustainable water resources monitoring and management Basuti BOLO, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana
Space Based Assessment of Glacier Fluctuation in the Hunza Basin, Western Karakoram Pakistan - Muhammad Ateeq QURESHI, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Monitoring of glaciers and modeling of future melt-water availability in snow- and glacier-fed basin of North Pakistan - Suhaib Bin FARHAN, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Assessment of watershed modeling using ArcSWAT and SPHY, A case study from a High-Altitude Glacierized Catchment Hunza - Syeda Saleha ALI, Institute of Space Technology (IST)



Posters Exhibition and Lightning Talks Session
Space-borne inventory of existing sinkholes and detection of alike-occurring areas in the Siberian permafrost region - Alice BOURDET, France
Application of remote sensing and GIS for urban flood risk assessment: the case of lower Don River - Anastasia KVASHA, Russia
Water related problems in Afghanistan - Mohammad Hamed AMIRI, Iran
Remote sensing and GIS based land use land cover change. A case study from the Bostanlik District, Uzbekistan - Mukhiddin JULIEV, Uzbekistan
Some recommendations for monitoring the level of the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers based on the GNSS - Erkin MIRMAKHMUDOV, Uzbekistan
Evaluation of Uremia lake bathymetry using remotely sensing data - Sara SHESHANGOSHT, Iran
Use of MODIS-based standard vegetation index (SVI) for monitoring drought in the Tunisian drylands - Bouajila ESSIFI, Tunisia




Day 3 - Wednesday, 28 February 2018 (Shamadan, Serena hotel)

Plenary Session 4 - Capacity Building and Cooperation Initiatives - (Moderator: Muhammad IQBAL, SUPARCO Chair: Athar HUSSAIN, COMSATS Co-chair: Bouajila ESSIFI, Tunisia)
Keynote - The Possible Impact of Black Carbon on the Recent Changes of Water Cycle Pattern over the Third Pole - Aiqing XU, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
The ARCSSTEE PGD program and the GMES Project: the Journey so Far - Oladosu OLAKUNLE, African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology, Nigeria
Role of Universities in Capacity Building on Application of Satellite Technologies - Viktor LAGUTOV, ISEPEI Project, Central European University, Hungary
Role of Academic Institutions regarding Application of Remote Sensing Data for Water Management: Bangladesh Perspective - Ahmed PARVEZ, Green University of Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Equal Space Right - Chetanath NEUPANE, Xavier International college, Kalopul Kathmandu, Nepal
Review of current status of space application for water management in developing countries and the potential development in Sudan - Hanadi ABDALLA, University of Khartoum Space Research Centre, Sudan



Plenary Session 5: Case Studies - Presentations(Moderator: Zahir ALI, SUPARCO, Chair: Abed ALATAWAY, PSIPW Saudi Arabia, Co-chair: Andreas BRINK, European Commission, JRC)
Keynote - Tools and Services for the Humanitarian Community for Groundwater Exploration and Water Management - Lorenz WENDT, University of Salzburg, Germany
Microplastics as Environmental Stressor and Threat to Human and Sea Life - Funmilola OLUWAFEMI, Ropo-Afolabi OLBIYI, National Space Research And Development Agency, NASRDA, Nigeria
Satellite data and GIS to help water development and management - Geraint BURROWS, Groundwater Relief, United Kingdom
Influence of hydrological fluctuations on vegetation and avifauna species composition, abundance and diversity in the Bahi Swamp Wetlands Central Tanzania - Geofrey SOKA, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism, Sokoine University, Tanzania
Spectral and Meteorological based Indices for Drought Monitoring: A Case Study in the Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan Region - Ayad AL-QURAISHI, University of Kufa, Iraq
Soil and Water Conservation Needs Assessment using Geospatial Techniques: A case Study of Potohar Region of Pakistan - Muhammad IQBAL, SUPARCO, Pakistan
GIS based identification of water borne diseases - Hina ARIF, PDMA, Pakistan
Surveillance and analysis for causes of water pollution in groundwater - Shahid IQBAL, University of Punjab, Pakistan
Delineation of groundwater recharge potential sites in Lahore using Remote Sensing and GIS techniques - Bilal ASLAM, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Remote Sensing applications in agricultural water management in central Russia - Elisaveta KHAZIEVA, Russia
Economizing Water Resources Using Geo-spatial Technology Based Solutions in Pakistan - Faisal KARIM, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Impact of Change in Depth to Groundwater on Vegetation Cover - A Case Study for Portion of Upper Thal Doab, Punjab-Pakistan - Syed Saad ALI, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Application of geospatial technologies to assist groundwater exploration in Thar desert - Muhammad Badar MUNIR, SUPARCO, Pakistan
Crop water productivity under climate forcing and irrigation strategy in the irrigated zone of Doukkala, Morocco - Kamal LABASSI, AARSE, Morocco
Demonstration of the Data Cube - Yun CHEN, CSIRO, Australia
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