Use of GIS and remote sensing in climate change analysis and adaptation

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
09-13 Dec 2013
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportview Hotel Kasarani Nairobi


This training will offer a set of methods and techniques that use GIS and Remote Sensing for analysis and monitoring of climate change, with applications in climate change impacts and adaptation. Participants’ will also acquire a better understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation measures for freshwater resources, and time series analysis.The course is targeted at the categories of professional mentioned above who require knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in their organizations on Climate Change Impact Analysis and Adaptation.


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. It is an advantage, but not a prerequisite, that the participants have prior knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation. 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, GIS system and a GPS unit. The training may be cancelled if there are less than five participants.


5 Days


On completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

Evaluate the spatial data requirements in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
Use participatory GIS (PGIS) at community level
Use Mobile data gathering techniques
Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data, and GPS-based field information
Have a better understanding of the links of both natural and anthropogenically induced climate change, its impacts, and adaptation and mitigation response options concerning water-related issues
Acquire advanced knowledge necessary to inform policy makers and stakeholders about the implications for water resources not only of climate change and climate change response options but also of various climate change scenarios and climate change response options, including associated synergies and tradeoffs.
Use collaborative mapping tools such as Google Maps and Ushahidi to increase collaboration and information sharing.


Understanding of key concepts used in climate change and variation studies
Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
Map projections and coordinates systems
Geo-referencing: Referencing data to real locations
Digitisation: updating vector data from secondary sources
Vector Analysis
Raster Analysis
GPS-based field information and participatory GIS tools
Mobile Data Gathering for field assessments/Surveys
Collaborative mapping (Google Maps, Earth and Ushahidi)
Map making with QGIS
Introduction to digital image analysis
Image/photo Interpretation: Extraction of features
Visual Interpretation of images -Software options
Introduction to image classification
Land cover/land change mapping
NDVI generation
Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Processes
Observed Climate Change and Impacts
Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty
Introduction and background
Climate models both present and future and the different scenarios
Sources of uncertainty and variation
Selecting Appropriate Future Climate Predictions using GIS and RS
Viewing climate points and surfaces
Interpolation of rainfall/temperature points
Viewing future climatic model surfaces
Processing variations in climate models
Global and Regional Challenges
Mitigation and Adaptation Practices and Resilience (Urban Areas, Rural Areas)
Adaptation in Practice ( International Context, National Context)
Community Engagement Practices
Costs and Benefits Analysis
Economic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation using GIS and RS based model
DPSIR concept model
Change versus Impact
Change in rainfall and temperature
Direct and indirect effects to the environment and economic activities
National, regional and local scale
Global and National Policies on Financing Adaptation Strategies


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, Quantum GIS, ILWIS,PCRaster, Google Earth, Google MapMaker and Open Data Kit (ODK). The training will be conducted in both plenary and group session with participants taking hands-on activities.

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 visits.
Our 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.


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


Mob:+254 715 077 817
Tel: 020 211 38 14


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.


This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organisation. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organisation, call our team on

Mob:+254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 38 14

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

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Event fee

KES 67,500, or US$ 900.

What is included in the event fee

The standard course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

Target audience

The training is tailored for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation practitioners, development workers, including officials of national and provincial governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector.

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

Mob:+254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 38 14

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


Climate Change, Information Management, Media, Space Technology, GIS & Mapping, Water
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