Overview of the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

Training Course
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
21 Feb 2017

In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events. The training will include a presentation, followed by a demonstration of GDACS features and a case study with step-by-step instructions for obtaining satellite images, alerts, and crisis management information using GDACS.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Monitor real-time disasters using satellite images and maps

  • Use GIS-based and in situ information to inform impact assessments and response strategies

Course Format

One, two-hour session Sessions will be held on Thursday, February 21,  8:00-10:00 a.m. and  5:00-7:00 p.m. EST (UTC-5)

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Sessions are broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation A certificate of completion will be provided to participants that attend the live webinar

There are no prerequisites for this training. 

Target Audience

Disaster managers, emergency and relief organizations, and NGOs operating on local to international levels. Professional organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in disaster management and relief will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research. 

Registration Information

This webinar is free, but you must register as space is limited. You will be notified by email if your registration has been approved on or before February 20. Please only register for the session that works best for your time zone.

Register for Session A, 8:00-10:00 a.m. Register for Session B, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Course Content

  • Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System Background

  • Demonstration of GDACS Features

  • Disaster Monitoring and Impact Assessments

  • Includes a demonstration of applying the data with a historical and a near real-time event.

  • Question & Answer Session

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