Workshop on communications in extreme environments for science and sustainable development

On November 2023 we had a privilege to participate in the Workshop on Communication in Extreme Environments for Science and Sustainable Development held in Trieste, Italy. The workshop had been organized by our partner organization Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). The workshop brought together researchers and practitioners who shared insights and expertise on building sustainable communication networks, use of low power internet of things as well as learning advanced technologies and protocols for connecting unconnected. We have explored how 6G networks, new forms of sattelite connectivity, non-terrestrial networks and underground communications could help connect the unconnected. The Days of Delay Tolerant Network and Lora mesh Labs helped to gain practical skills and learn new tools to consider in the future communication projects.

We as Internet Society Kyrgyz Chapter shared our experience on using Internet of Things and LoRaWAN technologies for climate monitoring and early warning in mountainous areas. This 2-year project aimed to explore how LoRaWAN and Lora-enabled devices in conjuction with open source solutions could be utilized in extreme climate conditions, mountainous areas to monitor such natural disasters as mudflows, landslides, glacier lake outburst floods and help relevant decision makers to take mitigation actions.

Kyrgyz Republic has over 4000 lakes mostly caused by glaciers and located in altitude between 2500 and 4000 meters. Currently, there are about 5000 active landslides registered in the country. Over the last 30 years 593 landslide disaster events were recorded in Kyrgyzstan.

Our research project is funded by the Internet Society Foundation research grants component.

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