Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management

Training Course
Datastat Research Center
30 Oct - 03 Nov 2017
Kenya (Nairobi)
Datastat Research Center


The rapid population growth and urbanization combined with extreme climatic events are causing a swift increase in vulnerability of communities to hazardous events. Unplanned growth both in urban and non-urban areas calls for preparation to reduce the impact of disasters, and there is a great need to utilize disaster risk information in designing effective coping mechanisms.

Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and geographic information systems (GIS) play an important role in disaster risk assessment and management. There is a need to create awareness among disaster management professionals regarding the importance of utilizing GIS.

The course also emphasizes on the use of the data during pre- and post-disaster management such as in early warning systems and hazard-, vulnerability-, risk-, and damage assessments as well as in the design of risk reduction measures.


5 days.

Who should attend?

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.

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

  • 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)

  • The use of satellite imagery for disaster relief and recovery

  • Impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment

  • Building damage assessment

  • Hazard assessment

  • Elements at risk and vulnerability assessment

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

  • Risk evaluation

  • Visualization of risk information

  • Risk information and spatial planning


  • Proficiency in use of English language

  • Meet admission criteria


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

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