Asian Institute of Technology dries off

Posted on December 21, 2011

We attended a “lessons learned” session this morning for the Asian Institute of Technology, an international research university with strong U.S. ties that unfortunately spent a good part of November under about eight feet of flood water. Along with resuming classes at Hua Hin December 6, they went off-site to host the seminar, featuring an alumnus now based near another unpredictable water source, Dr. Waheed Uddin from the University of Mississippi, currently Director of its Center for Advanced Infrastructure Technology.

There was a presentation on environmental causes for disasters, the private-sector outlook on water management by the TEAM group, and extensive information on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, both radar and laser-based remote sensing and modeling applications. An International Charter on data sharing for crisis management allows Sentinel Asia to collaborate with the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and private-sector satellite information companies GeoEye and Digital Globe.

AIT has begun its campus cleanup in Rangsit – follow their progress and support the rebuilding effort via Facebook!

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