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AKAH uses remote sensing technologies to more easily and accurately monitor hazards and disasters in mountain areas

27 January 2020

Assessing and monitoring hazards as well as surveying damage and collecting data during emergencies in hard-to-reach mountain areas poses many difficulties. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) uses remote sensing technologies to more easily and accurately map and monitor hazards and disasters in mountain areas with difficult access. It has mapped several high-altitude glacial lakes in the Baghlan and Badakhshan provinces of Afghanistan, in Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO) in Tajikistan, including Lake Sarez, and in Gilgit, Chitral and Hunza in Pakistan. Technological innovations such as drones enable AKAH to carry out more accurate hazard mapping, saving lives and protecting assets and livelihoods from natural disasters.