NIAS Wednesday Discussion - Dr. Amit Mukherjee will speak on “Methods in Military Geosciences: Application for investigating Eluru outbreak”

NIAS Wednesday Discussion


Topic:              “Methods in Military Geosciences: Application for investigating Eluru outbreak”


Speaker:          Amit Mukherjee

Assistant Professor – International Strategic and Security Studies Programme

& Conflict Resolution and Peace Research Programme, NIAS 


Chairperson:    Harini Santhanam

                        Assistant Professor

Energy & Environment Programme, NIAS



Date:               24th February 2021


Time:               4.00 PM


Venue:             Lecture Hall, NIAS


All are cordially invited


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Abstract: Military activities and the environment are directly connected to the wide spectrum of geosciences. The outcome of conflicts throughout history have been dependent on the effect of terrain and environmental setting. The study of geo-based environmental science is critical to both aspects; the sustainable management of military activities & installations as well as the evaluation of how terrain and environmental conditions may impact the intended purposes.  These methods used for traditional military purposes are also applicable for larger scope of national security, in the non-traditional areas. The concept of national security itself has also gone through a major shift in the past decades with multi-disciplinary linkages. 


The linkages of global and regional environmental problems have now become a benchmark for assessing and estimating modern day issues in conflict and security. It has brought environmental factors into the realm of national security calculus. The residual overload of human activities often leading to the spread of contamination in the environment, is also within the ambit of this overall construct of security. Generally, the source of such contamination is known or is easily identified.  However, un-fettered anthropological activities combined with limitations of the ecology sometimes creates mysterious incidents. GIS and Remote Sensing methods can scan large areas of surface-oriented issues that amalgamate the geography to the source and spread of such contaminating substances. This commentary is an attempt at investigating the possible source of the mysterious outbreak (disease) in Eluru, Andhra Pradesh in 2020, using common methods in Geo-Sciences.  


About the speaker: Amit Mukherjee is an Assistant Professor in the International Strategic & Security Studies Programme and Conflict Resolution and Peace Research Programme, at the School of Conflict and Security Studies, in NIAS, Bangalore. He has a PhD on, “Application of GIS for India’s Defence: To assess battlefield conditions and its effects on weapons and weapon systems”. His work involves use of GIS and Remote Sensing systems for national and international strategic security. He has been nominated as a valued member of the DST-STIP 2020 thematic group for Strategic Technologies, by the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India (Office of PSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). He has been engaged in several national and international outreach activities that includes providing training in ‘GIS for National Security’ (in School of National Security Studies, Central University of Gujrat), and is an adjunct faculty in the Department of Defence and Strategic Studies – NMU (2020-2021).  Previously he pursued his post-doctoral fellowship from the National Security Studies Centre, University of Haifa, Israel (2013-2016). His areas of academic interest include NBC & conventional - weapons and warfare, homeland security, counter insurgency & terrorism studies, maritime conflicts, military affairs and strategy, border security, and India-Israel security cooperation, among others. 


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For further info, please contact Prof Anindya Sinha [   or ] or Shri K S Rama Krishna [ ], Coordinators of the NIAS Wednesday Discussion Meetings.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021