General Information

Summer School

Continuing the very successful tradition of previous summer schools  started by the ISPRS Student Consortium in 2005, ACRS 2016 local organizer Survey Department will host the “ISPRS Student Consortium and WG VI/5 Summer School” from 22nd to 26th October 2016 in Sri Lanka with the collaboration of ACRS and ISPRS.

This year the SS program will be conducted on ”Geoinformatics for Disaster Risk Reduction: Application of Land-Use Change Model”. This theme is timely for Sri Lanka due to recent devastating floods in and around Colombo city as well as in many large cities around the world. The program will focus on the potentials of  Geoinformatics to examine changes in an urban environment and model land-use change, population growth and urbanization and the risk this possess to human development. A land-use land cover modeler will be used as a core tool in demonstrating the integration of various GIS data in a modeling environment. Also, sufficient time is reserved for student to experiment with modeling.  Students will have a good opportunity to enjoy various lectures addressing the potential usage of satellite sensors, GIS/GPS technologies and putting all these together in a modeling environment to understand how future urban planning scenarios can mitigate disasters, specifically floods. Apart from acquiring new knowledge, participants will be able to experience Sri Lankan culture, traditions and food.

The summer school will be held at the Institute of Surveying and Mapping ( located at Diyatalawa, about 200 km away from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. It embraces an area of nearly 25 hectares in undulating terrain surrounded by sky hugging mountains, which contain eucalyptus, pine and tea plantations. It provides an ideal situation for studies and carrying out field exercises in surveying. It has a temperate climate throughout the year. Students will be housed at the Institute where they will find local students studying for BSc in Surveying.

All resources persons and participants will be provided with shared accommodation at the Institute of Surveying and Mapping where hot water, wi-fi internet facilities, restaurant, a range of sport facilities including Tennis, Badminton, Table tennis etc are available. Participants may indicate any food restriction in the registration form.

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The lectures/practical exercises may cover the following topics/applications of remote sensing and geospatial technologies:

  • Introduction to Geoinformatics
  • Geoinformatics for Emergency Mapping
  • Geoinformatics for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Geoinformatics for Urban Planning
  • Urban Disasters and Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Multi-Source Mapping experience of Flood Disaster in 2016 and Comparison
  • Land-Use Change Modeler (LCM): Introduction, Data Sources, Demonstration
  • Group project analysing using LCM

Important Dates

  • Start of Online Registration : 01st July 2016
  • Registration Deadline : 15th August 2016
  • Announcement of selection: 1st September 2016
  • Summer School : 22nd-26th October 2016
  • Travel to Diyatalawa form Colombo : 21st October 2016
  • Travel back to Colombo : 27th October 2016


The number of participants will be restricted to 50 (30 foreigners* and 20 locals), with selection based generally on the date of registration.

The number of participants will be restricted to 50 (30 foreign participants and 20 local participants), with selection based on the date of registration and the background.  The registration fee is 80 USD (or SLR 11,500). The fee includes local travel for foreign participants, accommodation in shared rooms, all meals, learning materials, social events and the technical tour (all costs covered unless otherwise indicated).

*For foreign applicants: To ensure your participation in the summer school, we need a letter from your superior of your university/organization/company stating that your travel costs will be covered (to be attached in the registration form).

Registration Instruction:

To register, please download and accomplish the Registration Form completely, and attach necessary supporting documents, and e-mail to on or before August 15, 2016.