Training Course on GIS and Remote Sensing in Disaster Risk Management

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
01-05 Feb 2016
Kenya (Nairobi)
Njema Court, Rhapta Road
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Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) play an important role in disaster risk management. Rapid population growth and urbanisation 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, the supply of power and energy, and transportation infrastructure.

There is a great need to utilise 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 organisation in the field of disaster management. Participants are welcome from a broad range of organisations 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 utilise spatial data, GIS and remote sensing in disaster risk assessment and management.

  • Utilise existing sources of historical disaster information and elements at risk data.

  • Apply GIS/remote sensing in hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment.

  • Employ risk information in emergency preparedness planning.

  • Visualise 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: Visualisation 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 specialised skills.

    • Exercise IV: Creating a risk map

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

Day 4

Introduction to Early warning systems and Information Networks (Pre-Disaster)

  • 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 the 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 Disaster)

  • 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.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. 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.

Registration & Fees

The interested participants should visit the related page regarding the registration process and the fees.

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