[HOT] Training Course on use of GIS and Remote Sensing in Disaster Risk Management

Macharia Karani kennedy at indepthresearch.org
Thu Oct 29 07:36:27 UTC 2015

*Dear colleagues,*

*Indepth Research Services (IRES* <http://www.indepthresearch.org/>*)* is
delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming *5 days’* *Training Course
on use of GIS and Remote Sensing in Disaster Risk Management*
at our *Geospatial Information Systems and Earth Observation Institute*
  to be held in*Nairobi, Kenya* on *26th October** 2015.*


Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) play an important role in disaster risk management. Rapid
population growth and urbanization combined with extreme climatic events
are causing a rapid increase in vulnerability of communities exposed to
hazardous events. Natural disasters inflict severe damage on almost the
entire spectrum of social and natural habitats, ranging from housing and
shelter, water, food, health, sanitation, and waste management to
information and communication networks, supply of power and energy, and
transportation infrastructure.

There is a great need to utilize disaster risk information in planning for
effective coping mechanisms of disaster risk reduction. For this, there is
a significant need to create awareness among the disaster management
professionals regarding the importance of GIS and Remote Sensing.

This course is job oriented and aims to impact practical skills on how to
use GIS and RS ,to overcome the major challenges faced in ,pre-disasters
during disaster and post-disaster management such as during early warning,
hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment, damage assessment, as well as in
the design of risk reduction measures.

*Targeted audience*

The course is targeted at professionals who require knowledge and skills on
the use of GIS and RS in their organization in the field of disaster
management. Participants are welcome from a broad range of organizations
including physical planning, institutions, professionals and private GIS
and RS related firms.


5 Days

*Learning objectives*

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

·         Describe and utilize spatial data, GIS and remote sensing in
disaster risk assessment and management

·         Utilize existing sources of historical disaster information and
elements at risk data

·         Apply GIS/remote sensing in hazard, vulnerability and risk

·         Employ risk information in emergency preparedness planning

·         Visualize hazard and risk information

·         Apply GIS/remote sensing to post-disaster damage assessment

*Course Outline*

*Day 1*

*Basic information*

·         Basic GIS and RS concepts and terminologies in the context of
disaster management.

·         International and Regional Guidance: Protocols and action plans

·         Introduction to spatial information

·         Exercise I: Handling spatial information I:(Using Quantum
GIS Software).

*GIS data sources, data collection and integration techniques for DRM*

·         Data sources for DRM.

·         Satellite image data sources for DRM.

·         Task I: GPS /mobile phone GPS for HV field GIS data collection
using ODK.

·         Activity: GPS/mobile Course Tour.

·         Exercise II: Handling spatial information II: GPS, GIS
Integration using QGIS.

·         Group discussions: How can GIS and RS be used for identification
of geographic areas affected by each natural hazard.

*Day 2*

*Hazard, vulnerability and Risk assessment with GIS and RS (Pre-Disaster)*

·         Types and methods of risk assessment, risk evaluation,
cost-benefit analysis.

·         Task II: Gentle Refresher of Microsoft Excel.

·         Task III: Spatial data preparation and GIS integration techniques
in Microsoft Excel

·         Use of GIS in disaster preparedness planning.

·         Task IV: Elements at risk, hazard and vulnerability assessment
using GIS.

·         Task V: GIS Multi criteria analysis in vulnerability assessment.

·         Group discussion: How can GIS and RS be used to map existing
buildings, infrastructure, land use and critical facilities located in
potential hazard areas.

*Day 3*

*Application of Risk Information for Risk Reduction Planning (Pre-Disaster)*

·         Task VI: Visualization of risk information
(Using QGIS/ILWIS/SAGA Software).

·         Task VII: Risk mapping and database generation using Excel/QGIS
and SAGA

·         Task VIII: Disaster monitoring: satellite image processing
techniques for change detection

·         Exercise III: Creating a personal geodatabase for GIS emergency
support manpower with personnel location information, contact information,
and specialized skills.

o    Exercise IV: Creating a risk map

o    Group discussion: Use of GIS and RS in identification of the extent
and magnitude of each hazard.

*Day 4*

*Introduction to Early warning systems and Information Networks

·         Early warning systems and Information Networks for major hazards.

·         Group discussion: How can GIS and RS be used in a Drought Early
Warning System

*Disaster Impact Analysis (Post Disaster)*

·         The use of satellite imagery for disaster relief and recovery.

·         Activity: Visit to a satellite data receiving and processing
station depending on location of training and availability of time.

·         Group discussion: How can satellite images and aerial photos be
used to locate refugee and internally displaced persons?

*Day 5*

*Public Participatory GIS and Disaster Risk Management (Pre and Post

·         Participatory GIS as a tool for DRM mapping.

·         Task IX: Using Google Maps and Google Earth in DRM.

·         Exercise VI: SMS to Map for community crisis mapping -
Using Ushahidi.

·         Group discussion: What GIS and RS tools are suitable for mapping
of urban (social) hazards such as crime zones, drug corners, and accident
black spots

*Your Investment*

The training fee for this course is *KES 75,000* for residents of
Kenya and *USD
1,100* for non-residents. You may register as a group or individual. To
apply as an individual click this link (*INDIVIDUAL*
and (*GROUP*
as a group and fill the form.

*Tailor-Made Training*

This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a
minimum of *4* participants.

*See more upcoming courses:*

·         *Training course on Web-based GIS and Mapping*

·         *Training Course on GIS Analysis for WASH Programmes*

·         *Training courses on GIS and Remote Sensing for sustainable
forest monitoring and management*

·         *Training Course on GIS and RS for Environmental Impact
Assessment and Audit

·         *Training Course on GIS and Remote Sensing in Agriculture, Food
Security and Climate Change*

·         *Training Course on GIS and Remote Sensing for Epidemiology and
Public Health*

·         *Training course on GIS and Remote Sensing for agricultural
resource management*

*For further enquiries:* *Email:* outreach at indepthresearch.org or call us on
*:* *+254 715 077 817|+254 735 331 020| +254 731 240 802| +254 20 211 3814.*

With Regards,

*Kennedy Karani,*

*Managing Director.*
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