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Leveraging Space Technologies for Disaster Resilience – Kumar Navalur (Geo4Dev 2018)


Dr. Navulur is Sr. Director of Global Business Development at DigitalGlobe. He received his PhD from Purdue University in 1996. He has over 23 years of experience in the Geospatial industry. He represents Geospatial Industry at UN GGIM, a group of experts on global geospatial information management. He recently joined the board of Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), a non-profit organization that works on industry standards for Geospatial technologies. He holds two patents, one on mapping impervious surfaces from satellite imagery and the other on creation of imagery mosaics with multiple zoom level support. Dr. Navulur is the author of the book “Multi-spectral image analysis using object oriented paradigm”.

The 2nd Annual Symposium on Geospatial Analysis for International Development (Geo4Dev) focused on geospatial research that addresses climate- and conflict-driven migration and humanitarian response. This includes observation and modeling of migration and human settlement patterns (in response to climate or conflict stressors), as well as the design and evaluation of interventions for humanitarian crises, mass migration, and community resilience.

Geo4Dev is a yearly event focused on the use of novel geospatial data and analytic techniques to address issues of poverty, sustainable development, urbanization, climate change, and economic growth in developing countries and beyond. This includes a particular emphasis on the use of emerging geo-tagged big data, including satellite, social media, and CDR datasets.

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