Training Course on GIS and Remote Sensing in Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
28 Mar - 01 Apr 2016
Kenya (Nairobi)
IRES Training Centre
28 Nov - 02 Dec 2016
Kenya (Nairobi)
IRES Training Centre
12-16 Jun 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)


This training aims to develop the capacity of professionals mainly working in disaster risk reduction and climate change impact and adaptation to design, manage, evaluate and undertake improvements in people-centered early warning systems for hydro-meteorological & geological hazards and extreme events associated with climate change and variability. It builds upon Indepth Research Services (IRES) experience in building capacities on use of GIS, Remote Sensing and space based technologies in disaster risk management for disaster management institutions, disaster management practitioners and communities. It aims to institutionalize weather and climate information applications for disaster mitigation.

Who should attend?

The course 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, and staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector. Participants who are responsible for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and disaster management policy will gain the most from the curriculum.

Course duration:

5 days

Training objectives:

The main objective of the training is to enhance the capacity of participating professionals and institutions, to effectively develop skills in process design of multi-hazard early warning systems, and mitigate the effects of events related to hydro-meteorological and geological phenomena.

Upon completion the participants will learn how to:

  • Undertake risk assessment and design of multi-hazard early warning systems for disaster risk reduction

  • Effectively integrate scientific and technical inputs into early warning dissemination and communication system

  • Develop strategies to institutionalize early warning systems into the process cycle of disaster risk management and development planning, emergency response, and preparedness activities

  • Develop risk communication & communication technologies

  • Interpret scientific information products into user friendly formats and prepare & communicate tailor made early warning information products

  • Design and implement community based early warning systems that are people centered

  • Evaluate and introduce public education and training program for the community based early warning systems

  • Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems and Participatory GIS skills for community Early Warning Systems

  • Apply Mobile Data Gathering technologies for rapid assessment and surveys

  • Apply emerging generation climate prediction technologies for anticipating and managing disaster risks associated with climate change & variability

Topics to be covered:

Module 1

  • Concepts and main frameworks in Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems

  • Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Processes

  • Observed Climate Change and Impacts

  • Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty

Module 2

  • Basic concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing in the context of Early Warning Systems

  • Handling spatial information I: (Using Quantum GIS)

  • Spatial Reference Systems & data integration

  • Handling spatial information II: GPS-based field data collection

Module 3

  • Introduction to Risk Identification and assessment using Spatial Technologies

  • Mobile data gathering for field assessments/surveys using Open Data Kit and Nokia data gathering platforms

  • Handling spatial information III: Visualization of risk information (Introduction to ILWIS)

  • Hazard detection, monitoring, forecasting and warning

Module 4

  • Handling spatial information IV: Satellite image processing techniques for change detection (Using ILWIS)

  • Early warning dissemination and communication

  • Communication protocols

  • SMS to Map for crisis monitoring using Ushahidi

Module 5

  • Public Participatory GIS

  • Google Earth, Maps, Mapmaker

  • Other PPGIS Tools

  • Social Networking Integration

  • Community-based early warning systems

  • Building hazard-aware and ready communities

  • Monitoring and evaluation of early warning system

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