The India Ministry of Mines (MoM), through the Geological Survey of India (GSI), is engaged in an active program to reduce risk from unstable terrain where landslide hazards regularly cause considerable damage and death. Natural Resources Canada, through the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS), has been researching various landslide in-situ ground and remote sensing methods in Canada and is engaged in active collaboration with the Canadian academic and private sector.

Through this Project, the MoM and ESS will collaborate on the application of the latest remotely sensed data and related techniques for landslide assessment and analysis for one selected landslide site in India. The results of this Project will ultimately benefit both Parties in their understanding of how remote sensing can advance landslide understanding and assessment, and contribute to natural hazard loss and risk reduction in both countries.
Project Realizations

  • Through the provision of ESS technical support and in-field inspections, one India landslide site will be determined.
  • Using corner reflectors and interferometric SAR (InSAR) analysis software, and in-situ ground observation instrumentation, the generation, recording and analysis of in-situ ground observations along with remote sensing data from the Canadian RADARSAT-2 of the Indian landslide site will be used toward the creation of an Early Warning System (EWS).
  • NRCan will provide scientific oversight and validation of the analysis of remote sensing data over the Indian site.
  • India’s RISAT-1 CP data of five Canadian landslide sites will be provided to NRCan.


James Ikkers – Senior Policy Analyst