13th International Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management (GIS4DRM-13)

Training Course
Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
09-20 Oct 2017
Thailand (Bangkok)

This course provides an overview of the use of spatial data in disaster risk management. It explains what spatial data is and how it is collected, emphasizing the importance of data during pre- and post-disaster management. The course covers the use of data in early warning systems and hazard, vulnerability, risk, and damage assessments as well as in the design of risk reduction measures.

The curriculum for this course has been re-designed jointly by ADPC, Asian Institute of Technology, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, Netherlands, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT), with the aim of providing an overview of the use of spatial information in disaster risk management.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe and utilize spatial data, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing in disaster risk assessment and management

  • Utilize existing sources of historical disaster information

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

  • Utilize risk information in emergency preparedness planning

  • Visualize hazard and risk information

  • Apply GIS/remote sensing to post-disaster damage assessment

  • Course Content

The ten-day course is divided into five modules:

Module 1: Core/basic information 

  • Basic concepts and terminologies of disaster management 

  • Basic concepts of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing 

  • Introduction to spatial information 

  • Handling spatial information (introduction to ArcGIS)

Module 2: Post-disaster impact and damage analysis 

  • The use of satellite imagery for disaster relief and recovery 

  • Impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment 

  • Building damage assessment

Module 3: Pre-disaster risk assessment 

  • Hazard assessment 

  • Elements at risk and vulnerability assessment 

  • Types and methods of risk assessment, risk evaluation, cost and benefit analysis

Module 4: Risk information for risk reduction planning 

  • Risk evaluation 

  • Visualization of risk information 

  • Risk information and spatial planning

Module 5: Mini projects

Note: The above course curriculum is shown for general reference only. ADPC's ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.

Target Audience

The course is open to all participants who are working or will be working in the organizations where spatial information is used or considered to be used for the purpose of disaster risk management, disaster management, or disaster risk reduction. There is no prerequisite GIS knowledge for the participant who is interested in this course.

The course welcome participants from all geographic areas, however, the class size is limited to 30 persons. ADPC accepts the nomination on a first come, first served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement.

Course Fee

Package A without accommodation: USD 2,275  Package B with accommodation: USD 3,250

The standard course fee of USD 2,275 covers the course tuition, training materials, meeting package, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch and dinners, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

Participants who want to stay at the hotel where the course will be conducted can choose an alternative course fee package B with accommodation.


Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online here.

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