Use of GIS and remote sensing in disaster risk management

Type:
Training Course
Organizer:
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
Date:
02-09 Dec 2013
Location:
Kenya (Nairobi)
Venue:
Sportsview hotel Kasarani
Human population growth and rapid urbanization coupled with climate change are causing increased vulnerability of communities exposed to hazardous events all over the world.

Consequently, disasters are increasingly taking heavy loss of life and destruction of property. In Africa, and developing counties in general, unplanned growth and poor infrastructure both in urban and non-urban areas makes imperative that adequate preparation to reduce the impact of disasters be put in place. There is therefore great need to utilize disaster risk information in planning for effective coping mechanisms of disaster risk reduction. - Norman Kerle, ITC Netherlands, AIDA Conceptual

Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) play an important role in disaster risk assessment and management. For this reason, there is a significant need to create awareness among the disaster management professionals regarding the importance of GIS usage.

Equally important is creation of awareness on the use of Open Source software solutions, both for development and management use and for GIS work to improve accessibility for people, organizations and countries with lesser means of funding GIS implementation and use.

The main purpose of the course is to enhance the capabilities of executive managers and technical staff involved in disaster risk management by providing them with understanding on the use of spatial information in disaster risk management.

Participants acquire hands-on skills in application of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) in disaster risk management interventions, and learn to work with, spatial data, satellite images and Public Participatory GIS tools, that are the key to a better understanding of hazard, vulnerability and risk.

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How to register

To apply for this course kindly register online in our website before C.O.B. 11th November 2013. For more details contact: The Training Officer - Training Department Indepth Research Services Mobile: (254) 721 440 526 Tel: (+254) 0202113814 Email: training@indepthresearch.org.

Keywords

Themes:
GIS & Mapping
Countries:
Kenya
The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction The United Nations General Assembly requested UNISDR to facilitate the development of a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.
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