Natural and Man-Induced Combustion of Coal: Detecting, Measrunring, Monitoring and Extimguishing Underground Coal Fires: the Role of Earth Observation

Second International Symposium
Operationalization of Remote Sensing

16-20 August 1999, International Institute for Aerospace Survey andEarth Sciences, Enschede, The Netherlands

A special session will be held on Tuesday 17 August on the topic

Natural and Man-Induced Combustion of Coal: Detecting, Measuring, Monitoring and Extinguishing Underground Coal Fires – the Role of Earth Observation

The session will commence with a 20 minute TV documentary on the problem of coal fires. After having set the scene, the following speakers will discuss different aspects of this topic.

The preliminary programme is as follows:
Special session on “Natural and man-induced combustion of coal”
Chair: Dr. H. Schalke, Head, International Affairs Division, TNO-NITG, Utrecht, The Netherlands

09:00-09:30 Introduction and TV Documentary 09:30-10:00 Ir. A. Rosema, Managing Director EARS BV, Delft, The Netherlands: “Simulation of the surface temperature cycles and spontaneous combustion of coal in relation to thermal remote sensing of coal fires 10:00-10:30 Dr. H. Veld, NITG, Utrecht, The Netherlands: “Geological validation of remotely sensed coal fire areas 10:30-11:00 Coffee/Tea 11:00-11:30 A. ten Katen, EARS, Delft, The Netherlands: “Simulation of the thermal anomaly of subsurface coal fires for the evaluation of thermal remote sensing data” 11.30-12:00 Dr. Z. Vekerdy, Dr. Zhang Jiangmin and Wang Feng, Division of Applied Geomorphological Surveys, ITC, The Netherlands: “COALMAN: Information System for the monitoring of subsurface coal fires and the management of fire fighting in coal mining areas” 12:00-12:30 Dr. P. van Dijk 12:30-14:00 Lunch 14:00-14:30 Dr. A. Prakash, Division of Geological Survey, ITC, The Netherlands: “The dynamics of coal mining and coal fires in the Jharia coal field, India: geo-environmental and socio-economic impacts” 14:30-15:00 Dr. R. J. de Boer, Manging Director, Geosat International BV, Wageningen, The Netherlands: “CO2 reduction by fighting coal fires” 15:00-15:30 Prof. J. L. van Genderen, Head, Divison of Applied Geomorphological Surveys, ITC, The Netherlands: “Ten years of detecting, measuring, monitoring, predicting and extinguishing coal fires in N. China: status and prospects for sucess” 15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea 16:00-17:00 Demonstration of COALMAN

For further information please contact:

By mail: ITC
c/o Loes Colenbrander
P.O. Box 6, 7500 AA Enschede
The Netherlands By e-mail: By fax: ++31-53-4874466 Internet:



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