Rapid Response Mapping in Disaster Situations




03 Dec - 07 Dec 2012

Duration of event:

5 days


Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Programme area:

Satellite Imagery and Analysis



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Other events details:

Private – by invitation   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply

Private events - by invitation only are reserved for a pre-determined group of participants.


 “When disasters strike, the first thing the international early response community needs is information: What has happened, where did it happen, what is the effect, what response is needed? Not only can satellite imagery taken immediately after an event like an earthquake or tropical cyclone show what has happened through images of destroyed infrastructure or flood surge, but with their inherent geo-coding, one can tell immediately where the event took place and the apparent magnitude and impact of the disaster. This is key information for an efficient planning and coordination of emergency response operations as well as to perform a GIS based preliminary impact and damage assessment”.

Event Objectives

 The aim of the course is to provide training participants with concepts and GIS methodologies to perform satellite based rapid response analysis including the understanding of the benefits and limitations of using geo-spatial information technology in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.


Learning Objectives



·          Explain the role of Geo-information in the response phase of a disaster.

·          Gain awareness of GIS methodologies related to the rapid mapping processing chain to support emergency response.

·          Identify, access, search, collect, organize and analyses geospatial data for emergency response mapping.

·          Apply basic GIS methodologies to perform impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

·          Understand benefits and limitations of using geospatial information technology for decision making in disaster response.

Content and Structure

The course consists of the following modules:

Introduction to UNOSAT and to the training programme (Presentation)

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (Presentation)

Introduction to ESRI ArcGIS Software: What is new in ArcGIS 10 (Presentation)

Getting Familiar with ArcGIS (ArcCatalog) (Practical Exercise)

Getting Familiar with ArcGIS (ArcMap) (Practical Exercise)

Geo-referencing Satellite imagery (Practical Exercise)

The operational use of satellite imagery for emergency response (Presentation)

Searching, exploring, gathering, and integrating geospatial data for emergency response mapping (Presentation and practical exercises)

Impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment (Presentation and practical exercises)

Building damage assessment (Presentation and practical exercises)



This is a face to face course. Full time lectures and GIS lab exercises using real case disaster scenarios from past events (80% Lab Exercise, 20% lectures and discussions).

Targeted Audience

 Professionals working in governmental organizations who wish to strengthen their GIS skills in emergency response mapping. It is recommended that participants taking the course have a working knowledge of English including basic experience in GIS and Remote Sensing applications.