GIS and remote sensing in environmental management

Meeting or Conference
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
09-13 Dec 2013
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportview Hotel Kasarani Nairobi

This course particularly focuses on the applications of remote sensing and GIS which provide various guidelines for the sustainable management of environment.

Environmental management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for future human generations, and also maintain ecosystem integrity through considering ethical, economic, and scientific (ecological) variables.

An excellent tool that is increasingly important in the detection, description, quantification and monitoring environmental changes is Remote Sensing, which, in combination with geographic information systems (GIS) and fieldwork, is an effective management tool.


The training is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English. It is an advantage, but not a prerequisite, that the participants have prior knowledge in Enviromental Management and a basic working knowledge in GIS and Remote Sensing technologies. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The class size is limited to 10 participants to ensure that each participants has the opportunity to interact with the facilitator, the GIS system and a GPS unit. The training may be cancelled if there are less than five participants.

5 Days


  • To introduce GIS and Remote Sensing in environmental management
  • To expose participants to applications of GIS and remote sensing in environmental management
  • To demonstrate case study of a selected areas using GIS software.
  • To develop a sound basis for understanding the operation of GIS and Remote Sensing in environmental management.

Course outline

The course will discuss the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in Environmental management under the following themes:-

Introduction to GIS and remote sensing in Environmental management

Geospatial technologies and techniques for environmental mapping with GIS

GIS Data sources
Relating information from different sources
Data representation
Data capture
Rasterization and vectorization
Projection and coordinate system
Spatial analysis with GIS
Data output
GIS data mining

GIS for environmental management

Concepts of environmental management
Data for environmental management
Establishing GIS database for environmental management
Change detection
Participatory GIS

Environmental Remote Sensing

Pre-classification of Digital Image Processing
Image classification

GIS modeling for environmental application

Taxonomy of Environmental Models in the Spatial Sciences

GIS for decision support in environmental management (Case studies)

Vegetation Mapping and Monitoring,
Applications of Remote Sensing and GIS in Wildlife Mapping and Modeling
Biodiversity Mapping and Modeling
Approaches to Spatially Distributed Hydrological Modeling in a GIS Environment
Remote Sensing and GIS for Natural Disaster Management
Land Use Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment Using GIS


The training is not aimed at any specific GIS and Remote Sensing software products, but will provide a practical, hands-on GIS problem solving, by making use of Free Open Source and commercial GIS Software such as ArcGIS, saga, Quantum GIS, ILWIS,PCRaster, Google Earth, Google MapMaker and Open Data Kit (ODK).

The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials, group work and study visitsOur facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.


All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential, and will be held at Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani. Applicants are highly encouraged to stay at the hotel where the training is held.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email: training

Tel: 020 211 3814

Mob: +254 715 077 817


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 2nd December 2013. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Kindly send proof of payment to


Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

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Event fee

The standard course fee is KES 67,500, or US$ 900. This covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

Target audience

The course is targeted at participants who require knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and RS in their organization for enviromental management, disaster management, or disaster risk reduction, Early Warning. Prior knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing is not a requirement but will be an added advantage.

How to register

To apply for this course kindly register online in our website before C.O.B. 25th November 2013. For more details contact, The Training Officer - Training Department Indepth Research Services

Mobile: (254) 721 440 526

Tel: (+254) 0202113814



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