Department for Environmental Information & Geo Informatics

The Centre for Geo-informatics of Environmental Management and Policy Research Institute (EMPRI) was approved in the 42nd Governing body meeting dated 10.03.2015 and the same was established at EMPRI. EMPRI provides technical as well as research support on various programme involving GIS as a major component.

Environmental sciences are relying progressively on digital spatial data acquired from field investigations, instrument observations and remotely sensed images, analyzed by geographical information systems (GIS), distributed through complex infrastructures, and visualized by and for an ever-increasing variety of users. The technologies supporting these processes are at the core of Geo-informatics.

The application of geospatial technology in different sectors is the demand of current time to take intelligent decisions for sustainable management of natural as well as manmade resources.  The growing awareness and interest in making smart decisions has valued the application of GIS and put forward this technology. The application and benefits of GIS are immeasurable.

GIS technology is one of the solution to meet the huge demand by Government, educational organizations and business for various planning, management and allocation of resources through better understanding complex real world problems more easily by predict the near and far future as well.

Owing to the rapid changes and developments in geo-information acquisition, analysis and dissemination, EMPRI is well-appointed with scientific staff along with technological skills that can keep pace with and validate the relevancy of developments and the quality of the Geo Data, processes and geo-information. The Centre for Geo-informatics division of EMPRI is in constant efforts to strive for excellence to tackle the challenges, to design and develop algorithms, models, and tools that can process the geo-spatial data into trustworthy, actionable information. EMRPI is working on various natural resource conservation projects and programs and almost all projects have a key role of Geo-informatics.


Completed Projects:


  1. Evolving Sustainable Conservation Strategies for Water-Bodies of Mysore – Nanjangud Local Planning Area
  2. Assessment Derived Conservation Strategies for the Major Lakes of Karnataka- Bangalore phase I
  3. Water Safety Plan for Bangalore – A Quality Based Approach to Water Supply Service Delivery
  4. Comprehensive Assessment of Thippagondanahalli Reservoir Catchment Area and its Preservation Zones
  5. Study the Impact of Climate Change on  Incidence of  Vector bo rne diseases and vulnerability mapping for Karnataka
  6.  Assessment t of Current Status of Cauvery River in Karnataka and study of 300m buffer zone on both sides of the river
  7.  Inventorisation of Waterbodies in the Bhruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) Area.
  8. Assessing metro rail system as a means of mitigation strategy to climate change.


Ongoing Projects:

1.Developing Conservation Strategies for the water bodies in Hubballi-Dharwad Muncipal Coporations (HDMC)

The study area is located in the Dharwad district, north western part of Karnataka (Latitiude 15.371598 and Longitude 75.101166). The present study area covers 202.3 Km².  The GIS objectives for this study.

Currently, the Land use Land cover change detection analysis is carried out for the 2005 – 2017 and the analysis is complete. LISS IV multispectral imagery is procured for the year 2017 and the Land use land cover analysis is carried out. IRS-1D PAN Satellite imagery is procured for the year 2005 and the Land use land cover analysis is carried out. Cartosat Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of 10m resolution is procured to carry out the hydrologic analysis.

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2.Documentation of the Yettinahole Project sites and assessment of Cumulative Impacts of multiple projects a forested landscape

Satellite imageries for the year 2015 are procured from NRSC for the baseline assessment of the lulc studies. Cartosat -1 DEM of resolution 2.5 m and LISS IV of resolution 5.8m are the imageries procured for the study area.  Survey of India topographic map layer on 1:50K scale is used as base layer. A good amount of collateral data on themes like wasteland, forest, vegetation etc. is used as an important source of reference for LULC classification. Historical LULC change trend is analyzed from the secondary data collected from KSRSAC for the year 2001, 2006 and 2011. In future LULC change due to hydropower projects, during the construction stage of project and also during operational stage of Yettinahole project will be studied.