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20-22 February 2024 - online webinars

'Regionally relevant case studies showing opportunities and gaps for surveying and climate': Climate Compass Task Force Annual Meeting and Seminar Series Feb 2024

Join to meet, learn, inspire and share your expertise 

The FIG Climate Compass Task Force is holding a series of three virtual seminars across different global time zones across February 20-22, 2024 with:

  • Diverse global expert surveying/geospatial practitioners providing case studies of climate impacts and resilience
  • Audience-driven brainstorming livescribed to inform the FIG Climate Compass Task Force’s latest FIG publication
  • Extensive audience involvement and interactivity for learning, sharing and problem-solving discussions

The Task force on Climate compass is excited to be holding three preeminent seminars, each with an inaugural task force meeting on 20-22 February 2024. You can attend at the one that matches your time zone best. It will be one week of interactive, participatory conversations bringing together surveyors with an interest in climate from around the world to map the scope of where our expertise can catalyse a better future for our people, planet and economies. We need your expertise and experience!

For each of these seminars, we'll be starting off with presentations from each of our global expert speakers, followed by the exciting part - active audience participation in both small breakout rooms as well as large-scale discussion across countries, surveying themes and climatic themes within the plenary room, allowing each of you to share your voice on how surveyors can combat the climate crisis. 

Our role in this task force is to bring together the everyday surveyors from around the world to gather a view of the knowledge areas and gaps in how we, as a profession, can remain relevant and take proactive roles as specialists and generalists to be integral and impactful in combatting the climate crisis. We hope that these seminars provide an exciting opportunity to hear from as many diverse people around the world working in surveying with an interest in climate. 

We need your voice on how spatial intelligence, space technologies, digital transformation and innovation come together for surveyors for climate action. It’s about using geospatial technology and innovations to protect our planet by improving data capture, maintenance, modeling, analysis, maintenance and use for climate action.

Join us

Together, we will be defining and assessing what the big global land, carbon and biodiversity issues are that are relevant for surveyors working at national and local levels. This means thinking about what the legal, policy, financial, and capacity implications are for rolling out new solutions at the scale necessary. Opportunities will be identified for the development of the future of the surveying profession, including technical opportunities and how surveying education needs to be rethought.

Tue Feb 20, 2024 0900 GMT: Europe/Africa (0900 CET start) Asia Pacific (1900 AEDT start) -

  • Dr. Paul van Asperen works as Advisor, Digital Systems Environmental Act, National Water, the Netherlands. He has a Ph.D in land administration. His presentation will cover the Netherlands experience with their new environmental planning act and how the digital land administration system has been adapted to support it.
  • Dr. Eranda Gunathilaka, Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Geomatics, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka. He has a Ph.D in tidal monitoring and is Chair of FIG Commission 4 on Hydrography. He will speak on Sri Lanka’s national environmental plan (NDC) and surveying challenges and opportunities.
  • Ms. Rumbidzai Chivizhe has an Engineering Masters (Geomatics) and is a Lecturer at Midlands State University in Zimbabwe. She will speak on how to use a range of survey tools to monitor flooding from tropical cyclones.
Wed Feb 21, 2024 2300 GMT: Asia Pacific (0900 AEDT start) Americas (1700 EST start) -

  • Dr. Charisse Griffith-Charles is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management at the University of West Indies in the Caribbean. She will speak on informal settlement regularisation, disaster management and small island developing states (SIDS) using the extensive work she has done on this in the field.
  • Ms. Kate Fairlie, with a Masters from Oxford University in Sustainable Development, works for a globally respected Australian surveying company, Land Equity International, as a land administration specialist. From their work in the region she will present 4 case studies from Asia-Pacific linking land and climate.
  • Prof. Chen Ruishan from Shanghai Jiaotong University, China, will speak on landscape architecture and nature-based solutions to climate change.
Thur Feb 22, 2024 1500 GMT: Americas (0900 EST start) Europe/Africa (1500 CET start) - 

  • Ms. Usue Donezar is the Expert Lead of Copernicus at the European Environment Agency. She has 2 Masters degrees (Geoinformation Science; Law and political science). She will speak on Copernicus’ climate change service, its free data sets and dashboards used by the world on climate, land, water and marine.
  • Mr. Simon Mwesigye is a Land Tenure specialist at UN-Habitat supporting Ugandan country operations. He is a valuer with a Land Management Masters. He will talk on customary tenure and local forms of land certificates within the national land administration system linked to natural resource certificates for access to wetlands.
  • Mr. Nelson Nieto is an environmental engineer specialising in GIS and climate change. He is a researcher in the field of Earth Observation Technologies of the Research and Prospective Directorate of the Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi. In his professional and research career he has developed and led research projects in cooperation with international entities in the study and monitoring of natural resources, strategic ecosystems, territorial studies, and risk management.

More information about the Task Force


Co-chairs of the task force
Roshni Sharma and Clarissa Augustinus
February 2024