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.
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
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.
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.
The number of participants is limited to 15.
Mr. Luca Dell’Oro, Specialist, UNITAR/UNOSAT (firstname.lastname@example.org)