Space Applications Centre (SAC) is a major research and development centre of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Located at Ahmedabad, SAC is spread across two campuses having multi-disciplinary activities. The core competence of the centre lies in development of space borne and air borne instruments or payloads and their applications for national development and societal benefits. The centre designs and develops the optical and microwave sensors for the satellites, signal and image processing software, GIS software and many applications for Earth Observation (EO) programme of ISRO. These applications are in diverse areas of Geosciences, Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change, Physical Oceanography, Biological Oceanography, Atmosphere, Cryosphere, Hydrosphere etc. SAC has active collaborations with industry, academia, national and international institutes for research and development. The centre also has stateof- art in-house and mobile exhibitions to propagate space technology and its applications amongst students and publicOver the years, geospatial technology has been making phenomenal impact on its usage in diverse fields related to natural resources management, sustainable development, disaster management, environmental applications and more recently in Good-governance and becoming an integral part of various key programmes of the Government of India. Developments in the space based communication, navigation and earth observation technology both at International as well national level have further accelerated its usage as well as increased the scope of its utilisation in almost all possible applications catering to the human needs, protection of the environment and in exploring the outer space.
A large amount of Earth Observation data along with in-situ (spatial as well non-spatial data) is being generated, necessitating the need for advanced geospatial data processing tools and techniques to be developed. It is essential to develop tools and techniques for big data analytics (data cube, data mining) as the data volume is expected to increase further. Advances in Web GIS tools and techniques are also required for making timely dissemination of the value added products to various users and public at large. The Symposium shall focus on recent advancements made in the satellite payloads, data processing techniques, Web GIS, Mobile App., geospatial technology and applications in various key areas defined under different key programmes of the Government of India.
The Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS), the two premier professional societies dedicated to promotion and dissemination of GIS & RS in India, conduct annual conventions and joint national symposiums in tandem providing excellent opportunities to the scientists, teachers and students for presenting their research findings, updating their knowledge base and interacting with experts and peers. Continuing this rich tradition, a national symposium on “Advancements in Geospatial Technology for Societal Benefits”, is being organized by ISG and ISRS in the city of Ahmedabad (Gujarat) during December 05-07, 2018 . This mega event is jointly hosted by Space Applications Centre, ISRO, Ahmedabad and ISG Ahmedabad Chapter. Furthermore, ISG is completing 25 years marking the silver Jubilee Year Celebration for the Society and an enthusiastic participation is expected. .