Earth Systems Analysis (ESA)
The Earth's surface and subsurface are the work field of the Department of Earth Systems Analysis (ESA).
ESA concentrates on a number of societal issues and problem areas, including:
- earth resources management, exploration and exploitation;
- land (soil) degradation;
- natural hazards and disasters;geo-environmental hazards.
Dealing with such issues and problem areas requires that adequate spatial and temporal information on earth systems and processes is available and accessible. This requires a good understanding of the earth systems involved and the processes that are taking place.
ESA combines competence in the earth sciences with relevant know-how about state of the art remote sensing and GIS technology. The department's activities include:
- spatio-temporal modelling for an improved understanding of earth systems and processes;
- development of methods, techniques and tools for the assessment and monitoring of these earth systems and processes;
- earth and land resource information provision for planning and decision-making on the multi-functional use of space.
In short, ESA provides and applies relevant geo-information for an improved understanding of earth surface and subsurface processes in space and time, for the sustainable use of earth resources and the mitigation of natural and man-induced disasters.
- Tsehaie Woldai Fellow African Academy of Sciences (18 Mar 2013)
- Sustainable Development and Management of the Shallow Subsurface (7 Nov 2012)
- Two awards for Dr Tsehaie Woldai (31 Oct 2012)
- ESIP Grant for Alumnus Dr. Xiaogang Ma (8 Aug 2012)
- Crowdsourcing / collaborative mapping related to disaster response (3 Aug 2012)
- Risk atlas Georgia (25 Apr 2012)
- Change in Editorial Leadership JAG (27 Feb 2012)
- Award for Alumnus Uttam Kumar (20 Feb 2012)
- Delta Alliance Young Professionals Award (18 Jan 2012)
- Nature Geoscience Publishes Correspondence of Xiaogang Ma (1 Dec 2011)
- Norman Kerle Wins Lloyd's Science Prize (1 Dec 2011)
- IAMG 2011 travel grant (13 Sep 2011)
- NWO Grant Awarded to Mark van der Meijde (7 Jul 2011)
- Best paper Award for ITC alumnus Gayantha Kodikara (30 May 2011)
Events and conferences
A selection of conferences and events that cover the department's knowledge field or are organised by the department.
Research is carried out by a group led by one of ITC's professors. Each group typically comprises several expert staff members and a number of graduate students.
The Department of Earth Systems Analysis and the UNU-DRM Centre for Spatial Analysis and Disaster Risk Management offer a challenging programme of certificate courses in Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Management.