Geospatial solutions to Urban and Regional Environmental Issues

Urban and Regional spheres are very key strategic aspects that have to do with sustainability considerations. i.e. the systematic interplay between environmental/ecological, economic and socio-cultural factors. Within this one finds challenges dealing with climate change, water availability and natural resource flows, human resources etc.

Issues in connection with urban and regional studies are a starting point is the sustainability challenges connected with the urban and regional space itself. However, one also finds highly relevant considerations dealing with what the urban and regional development implies for other activities distributed in geographical space as mirrored e.g. by the urban –rural connections. The urban - rural connection is not always to be considered “negative” in character and the urban space as “intruder”, “eroder” and sometimes “destroyer”. Instead there is often an intricate interplay between functions in the urban space and those connected directly to the rural space that carries mutual benefits, e.g. in terms of distribution of functional responsibilities of implementation. The two different spaces may thus manifest themselves as symbiotically linked and mutually reinforcing for survival of both. The demographic changes in the world, especially in terms of the socio – cultural changes are connected to immigration and emigration flows due to various reasons including global information technology revolution.

In order to do so, there is a need to first outline the general landscape of various challenges which emerge as “drivers” of change in various systems, including the urban and regional ones. The goal of the seminar is to disseminate knowledge and share expertise and experiences in geospatial sciences on all aspects of applications. It also aims to build linkage between the regional and international professionals. Contributions covering geospatial sciences of various applications are encouraged.


Authors are requested to submit their original research contribution in the form of abstract (not exceeding 300 words with 5 key words), 1.5 spaced, justified on both sides and carry the author’s name, designation, affiliation, email id and key words and should be sent by 31st July, 2016. Author(s) will be informed by email about the acceptance of their abstracts by 10 thAugust 2016.

Abstracts will be accepted based on review by experts and those accepted will be intimated by email.

The accepted papers will be published as full text in the conference proceedings. Full paper should have an introduction, objectives, hypothesis, study area, methodology, numbered side headings, findings, conclusions, references and may be sent by email to the Convener on or before 15 thAugust 2016.

Areas of interests include (but are not limited to):

  • Natural Resources and Environmental issues
  • Urban planning issues
  • Earth & Climate Change issues
  • Biodiversity Conservation issues
  • Natural Hazard and Disaster Management
  • Health Management
  • Infrastructure and Assets issues
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Coastal and Marine issues
  • Water Resource Management
  • Mobile Technology & GIS
  • Land Management and Issues
  • Demographic Studies
  • Automated Mapping and Facility Management (AM/FM)
  • Future Cities/ Smart Cities
  • Open Geospatial/Spatial Data Acquisition
  • Geospatial Sciences Awareness and Education
  • Globalization Issues
  • Socio- Economic, Political Issues
  • Applications in Archaeological Excavation and survey
  • Urbanization and Indian Geopolitical Issues
  • International Politics and Governance
  • Any other Branches of Geography


The city of Hyderabad, comprising the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad, is located at 17.37oN, 78.48oE. It has an average altitude of 536 meters above MSL. The minimum winter temperature in the city is 10 o and the maximum summer temperature is 44 o centigrade. The average annual rainfall of the city is 85 cms. The population of Hyderabad is 68,09,970 in 2011 and the area is 1865 It is well connected to the rest of India by road, rail and air.


Osmania University, established in 1918, is the seventh oldest in India, the third oldest in South India and the first to be established in the erstwhile princely state of Hyderabad. With a sprawling campus of nearly 1600 acres and buildings of majestic beauty and architectural splendor, Osmania University, is perhaps, the largest higher education system in India. It is a home to nearly 300,000 students pursuing their higher studies in its Campus, Constituent, Affiliated Colleges and District Centres. Its faculty and staff number nearly 5000. Osmania University is home to 5000 international students from over 80 countries.


The Department of Geography is one of the oldest and also the largest in South India. It was established in 1942. It offers M.Sc. Geography, M.Sc. Geoinfromatics, Post- Graduate Diploma in Geographical Cartography and Ph.D. programs. The Department had assistance from UGC (SAP and ASIST) and DST (FIST Phase I and II). The Department has been conferred with the status of Centre for Advanced Study (CAS). Its thrust areas are Urban Geography, Regional Development and Geoinformatics. Academic programmes and publications have been undertaken with institutions in India and abroad particularly in the field of Urban Geography and Geoinformatics.


The Deccan Geographical Society of India established in 1962 and publishes International Geography Journal, namely, “The Deccan Geographer” since 1962.This Journal got international registration number-ISSN-0011-7269. Every year two issues of the journal (June and December) are published and circulated among 1000 life members, 700 libraries in India and 29 countries in the world. The special issues have been published by DGSI society on Historical Geography (1992), Index Volume (2000) and Climatology (1997). Beside this, Society has started new Journal, namely, Bhugol Shastra Sanshodhak. The membership is open to geographers, planners and scientists belonging to allied disciplines. Bhugol Bhushan Award and Best Teacher Award are instituted by the society. Moreover, society has Young Geographer Award in the name of Professor B. Hema Malini Award. The rules for Young Geographer Award are displaced before two months of DGSI Annual conference. The circular of the conference is loaded on society website for downloading (


Conference Organization:
Chief Patron: Vice Chancellor, Osmania University.
Patron: Prof. E. Suresh Kumar, Registrar, Osmania University.

Conference Program Coordinator:
Prof. Kalpana Markandey

Dr. B. Srinagesh
Organizing Secretary:
Dr. L. Ashok Kumar
Prof. A.V. Shahsikala, Head
Prof. C. Venugopal Rao, Chairman, BOS.

Organizing Committee:
Prof. B.Laxmaiah
Prof. S. Ramakrishna
Dr. A.C. Omkar
Dr. T. Anuradha
Dr. M. Akther Ali
Dr. G. Anand
Dr. V.Vijay kumar
Mr. K.Sudarshan
Mr. K.Srikanth


Important Deadlines

Submission of Abstracts: July 31st , 2016
Intimation of Acceptance: August 10th , 2016
*Registration and Submission of Full Paper: August 15th, 2016

Conference Dates: September 27-29, 2016

(*If registration fee is not received by August 15th, 2016, the paper is deemed to be rejected.)

Registration Fee

Delegate Conference DGSI Total
Indian Teachers Rs. 2000/- Rs. 200/- Rs. 2200/-
Scholars Rs. 1500/- Rs. 200/- Rs. 1700/-
Foreign $ 400 $ 25 $ 425

Participants are advised to do only online registration, as SPOT registration will not be possible

No TA/DA will be paid

*Registration fee once paid will not be returned back under any circumstances.

The DD should be made in favor of the “CONVENER, XIth DGSI International Conference”, (Payable at Hyderabad) Department of Geography, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India and sent to
Convener, Dr. B. Srinagesh, Department of Geography, Osmania University, Hyderabad, 500 007.
For Online Payment.
Acc No : 6245-7357-585, BANK: STATE BANK OF HYDERABAD,Branch : Osmania University Branch ,IFSC:SBHY0020071, HYDERABAD

DGSI Governing Council (2015-2017)

Dr. Barkatullah Khan (Delhi)
(1) Prof. W. G. Virulkar (Nagpur),
(2) Dr. P. R. Vyas (Udaipur),
(3) Dr. Jagdish Singh (Varanasi),
(4) Dr. Suresh Phule (Latur),
(5) Dr. H. Nagaraj (Mysore)
Secretary General:
Dr. B. C. Vaidya (New Delhi)
Secretary, General (Pune Headquarter):
Sapana Sasane (Pune)
Joint Secretary:
(1) Dr. Shivaji Pacharane (Pune),
(2) Dr. Kaveri Dabhedkar (Bilaspur)
Dr. Ravindra Shinde (Pune)


Executive Members

(1) Prof. Anita Awati (Ratnagiri),
(2) Dr. Ashok Hanjagi (Bangalore),
(3) Dr. B. C. Jat (Jaipur),
(4) Dr. Usha Verma (Patna),
(5) Prof. Arun Patil (Islampur),
(6) Vilina Inamdar (Pune)
(7) Prof. Sapna Sasane (Pune),
(8) Dr. Sanjay Patil (Pune),
(9) Dr. Sachin J Deore (Pune),
(10) Dr. Sunil Akhare (Amravati),
(11) Dr. Gopa Samant (Bardwan),
(12) Dr. Anil Pal (Dehradun)
(13) Dr. Y. Y. Dudhpachare (Chandrapur),
(14) Dr. Sadhana Deshpande (Nagpur),
(15) Dr. Anshu (Delhi),
(16) Prof. Bindu Bhatt (Vadodara),
(17) Dr. Suryawanshi (Gunjoti)


Advisory Board

(1) Dr. Bimal Bora,
(2) Dr. A. A. Mulimani (Dharwad)
(3) Dr. Amit Dhorade (Pune),
(4) Dr. A. S. Raymane (Bangalore)
(5) Dr. K. N. Prudhvi Raju (Varanasi),
(6) Dr. B. B. Sonule (Mumbai)

Address for Correspondence

Department of Geography, Osmania University, Hyderabad -500007, Telangana.

Contact Persons:
Prof. Kalpana Markandey: Ph: 9849054856, 9493410491
Dr. B.Srinagesh : Ph: 9849269355, 9490792423
Dr. L. Ashok Kumar : Ph: 9247358736, 9966664570.