Geospatial Information Technology for DRR: From Risk Assessment to Emergency Response (Applications and Cases Studies)




01 Dec - 05 Dec 2013

Duración del evento:

1 semana


Dhaka, Bangladesh


Satellite Imagery and Analysis



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Geographic information systems (GIS) can be a really useful tool for the whole disaster management cycle starting from preparedness phase, mitigation to response, recovery, reconstruction. GIS has proven to be efficient for implementing coherent disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities at regional, national and local scales. Quantifying risk and expected future losses is a key step in any disaster risk reduction program. Also the outputs and scenarios of a risk assessment contribute to structuring overall risk reduction policies and planning. Geospatial risk assessment can be performed with GIS tools and techniques which can not only quantify risk but also identify the locations in need of risk reduction measures. The role of GIS doesn’t stop there; in the immediate aftermath of a disaster satellite based rapid response analysis enables the emergency response agencies to perform in better and coordinated way.

The overall aim of the course is to provide training participants with concepts and geospatial methodologies for risk assessment and satellite based rapid response analysis&mapping in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. First two days of this training participants will get familiar with ESRI ArcGIS software and they will learn how and where to gather satellite imagery, GIS datasets relevant for risk assessment and also for emergency response mapping. On the third day participants will also be introduced to role of GIS in different phases of disaster management cycle also tools and techniques for disaster risk assessment. In the final two sessions of third day participants will perform a simple GIS based risk assessment scenario. Fourth day will focus on satellite based rapid assessment and post disaster impact analysis. Final day the participants will learn to perform on post disaster damage assessment from very high resolution satellite imagery.

Objetivos de Aprendizaje

At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Define and describe basic concepts and terminology related to geospatial information technology
  • Apply basic methods and functionalities for GIS analysis and mapping
  • Identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyze geospatial data relevant to disaster risk reduction and emergency response
  • Explain the advantages and limitations of using geospatial information in disaster risk reduction
  • Apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster risk assessment
  • Apply GIS methodologies and tools to perform impact analysis for emergency response mapping

Contenido y Estructura

This course is composed of 5 modules covering the below listed topics that will be delivered over 1 week:

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote
  • Refresh of basic tools and functionalities of ArcGIS
  • Searching, exploring, gathering integrating geospatial data for emergency response mapping & Risk Assessment
  • Basic Concept of DRM & Role of GIS in DRM cycle - From Risk Assessment to emergency response
  • Role of GIS in DRM cycle - From Risk Assessment to emergency response
  • GIS based risk assessment scenario
  • Impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment using satellite images
  • Building Damage Assessment using VHR imagery

This course is divided into 5 Modules. Each module is structured into 4 sessions of 1.5 hour each. It is considered that the length of the course well reflects its scope and is adequate to enable participants to achieve the learning objectives.


This is a full-time, face-to-face course with lectures and GIS lab exercises using local datasets and real case scenarios (80% lab exercises, 20% lectures and discussions). This course is divided into 5 Modules. Each module is structured into 4 sessions of 1.5 hour each. The average workload per week is likely to be around 25-30 hours.


Disaster Management Professionals working in governmental organizations of Bangladesh who wish to strengthen their practical skills in GIS/RS applications for DRR. It is recommended that participants taking the course have a working knowledge of English including a basic knowledge on GIS and Remote Sensing technology.

Información Adicional



UNITAR Certificate

Participants will be given a UN training participation certificate from UNITAR.


ESRI ArcGIS version 10.1 with extensions (spatial analyst). Google Earth, Access to Internet.

Class Size

The number of participants is limited to 15.

Course Coordination

Mr. Luca Dell’Oro, Specialist, UNITAR/UNOSAT (