Geospatial Information Technology for DRR: From Risk Assessment to Emergency Response (Applications and Cases Studies)
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The last decade has seen a marked increase in large-scale, “natural” disasters resulting in overwhelming challenges for humanitarian organisations, especially in urban environments
Case studies and examples during the course will take into account the three major contexts for humanitarian action: armed conflict / complex emergencies, “natural” disasters, social exclusion. Chronic crises, and the interplay between humanitarian action and development activities will be given due consideration. During the course UNOSAT will explain and show case (live demo) GIS/RS methodologies for impact analysis and damage assessment (post disaster) and risk assessment (pre-disaster) through a number of different case studies from past and recent activations: e.g. Nargis cyclone 2007, Bangladesh flood 2008, Haiti Earthquake 2010, Pakistan flood 2011, Philippines Cyclone 2013.
The aim of the course is to provide participants with basic concepts and case examples in the use of geospatial information technology for disaster risk assessment and emergency response (impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment).
Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
- Define and describe basic concepts and terminology related to geospatial information technology
- Explain advantages and limitations of using geo-spatial information technology in support to DRR related activities
- Collect data in the field using GPS / GPS camera devices and share it using Google Earth.
Content and Structure
The course is extended over 1 work day structured around the following topics:
- Introduction to Geospatial Information Technology (GIS and Remote Sensing)
- Role of GIS/RS within the DRM cycle – (Context and geospatial applications for risk assessment)
- Role of GIS/RS in DRM cycle – (Context and geospatial applications for impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment)
- Collecting and sharing geo-spatial data - Practical Exercise (Demo)
The course has a mixture of adult learning methodologies such as interactive lectures, discussion sessions and group excercises. The participatory nature of the programme requires that participants contribute actively to discussions and group work on case studies.
Participants are expected to have some prior knowledge of the subject area Participants must:
- Have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent university degree.
- CERAH Master students in humanitarian action.
- National and international actors working with national, international, or nongovernmental organisations dealing with one or several dimensions of the disaster risk management cycle (e.g. crisis management, preparedness, recovery, prevention)
- Public - by registration
- Public - by application
- Private - by invitation
- Open to register/apply
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