Shantanu Bhatawdekar is Programme Director, DMS & Associate Director, EDPO at ISRO Headquarters, Bangalore. He is primary responsible for steering ISRO’s programmatic activities and inter-ministerial interactions related to space enabled support for Disaster Management in India. He also coordinates activities of earth observation applications and promoting its utilization for governance and development. He has been contributing to various EO missions of ISRO from the point of view of user requirements, payload definition and applications supporting EO community.
He has more than 30 years of experience in the areas of Remote Sensing, Image Processing, GIS and Decision Support Systems (DSS). He has worked in various capacities as Project Director, Deputy Project Director, Project Coordinator in conceptualizing and designing software packages, information systems and Decision Support tools, which include Crop acerage& production estimation, Information System for Natural Resources Management, DSS for Fertilizer Demand Estimation & Management, Web based DSS for Radiological emergencies, DSS for Locust impact minimization for Government of Kazaksthan, Disaster Management Support shell. He has represented ISRO in number of international forums and technical meets.
Abstract of Speech
The presentation will start with brief detail of the current and future ISRO earth observation missions, programme and broad areas of applications. The focus of the presentation will be mainly on the three missions viz. Megha-Tropiques, Saral-AltiKa and Trishna. The main objective of ‘Megha-Tropiques’ mission was to study of the tropical atmosphere, including the convective cloud systems, that profoundly influence both weather and climate. It was placed in a highly inclined orbit to capture the large diurnal variation in the tropical region. The operational data processing & retrieval algorithms, various data products and the assimilation of data products operationally in numerical weather forecast models for improving the forecast will be highlighted. The presentation will also dwell on ‘Saral-AltiKa’ mission, retrieval of useful oceanic parameters (sea surface height anomaly, significant wave height and ocean surface wind) in the coastal waters of Indian landmass region and utilization of Ka band radar altimeter data in diverse application areas viz. coastal altimetry, inland hydrology, capturing extreme events such as flood wave (Brahmaputra river) and hydrological drought (Uaki reservoir), study of cryosphere etc. The potential areas for developing scientific collaboration in thematic areas viz. terrestrial ecosystem water use and stress, Coastal & inland water, Snow & Glacier will also be deliberated with respect to the proposed ISRO-CNES ‘TRISHNA’ mission.