Odisha, the Eastern most state in India, has one of the richest natural resources in India, yet considered as one of the less developed state in the country. One of the key factors inhibiting the development of growth in the state, is its exposure to a range of natural disasters. Understandably as a lot of focus in the past has been put in saving lives and then livelihood. However, in the last decade progress has been made to make the state more resilient to such events and the state is in a upwards trajectory of growth.
This talk will summarise a decade of research at University of Southampton by utilising satellite remote sensing and mixed methods, first to understand the pathways of resilience from cyclones in coastal Odisha by mainly focusing on patterns of recovery. Second, the ‘new’ challenge associated with rapid urbanisation and how they are effecting the local and regional climate.
Speaker: Professor Jadu Dash, Professor in Remote Sensing, Geography and Environmental Sciences, University of Southampton.