Over the last two decades Geo-spatial Information Technology (GIT) has rapidly developed and is now called an “enabling technology” due to the benefit it offers across different application domains. GIT can help us analyze and better understand why and where things have happened in the past and show us how they might happen in the future, allowing us to make informed decision and better use of resources.
The ITU Resolution "Mainstreaming a gender perspective in ITU and promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women through information and communication technologies" recognizes that information and communication technologies (ICTs) are tools through which gender equality and women's empowerment can be advanced, and are integral to the creation of societies in which both women and men can substantively contribute and participate. In addition, according to UNDRR, women are still too often absent from the development of disaster risk reduction strategies and decision-making processes. The global “talent shortage” is currently at 38%, with the top ten hardest jobs to fill in STEM professions (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). There is currently a 200-million-person shortage of ICT-skilled workers around the world. Although more women than men now graduate from tertiary education in some countries (e.g. in many Pacific small island states), this is not resulting in increased economic opportunities. It has been estimated that 90% of future jobs will require ICT skills, and some 2 million new jobs will be created globally in the computer, mathematical, architecture and engineering fields. To bridge this skills gap, it will be vital to impart technical skills to ensure that women of all social classes may to take full advantage of ongoing technological advances.
In this context, UNOSAT together with UNESCAP is organizing a Strengthening capacity of young female professionals in the use of Geospatial Information Technology to reduce disaster risk and strengthen resilience.
UNOSAT together with UNESCAP, is organizing the ‘Women Professional Training on Geospatial Cloud Analytics for Disaster Assessment’. Its objective is to provide female training participants the introductory concepts of geospatial information technology and geospatial methodologies for disaster assessment.
At the end of the course participants should be able to:
- Recognize the potential of geospatial information technology for achieving sustainable development in the Asia and the Pacific region
- Define and describe the basic concepts Geo-informatic technology for disaster damage assessment
- Apply basic methods and functionalities of remote sensing in free cloud-based tools like EO Browser
- Undertake the GIS methodologies and tools to perform disaster damage assessment using QGIS
The training is designed for young female geoinformatics scientists with moderate or no geospatial technology experiences and interested in geospatial application for disaster management. It is expected that participants have good computer and English skills.
Language: English / Thai
Software: The lab exercises will be based on public cloud-based platform including EO-Browser for preliminary analysis and using QGIS for disaster damage assessment. All participants are requested to bring your own notebook with installed QGIS version 3.4.13 LTR to the training.
Class Size: The number of participants is limited to 50 (max.) to ensure quality support provided by instructors.
Certificate: Each Participant will be given a UN certificate from UNESCAP and UNITAR on participation for the training.
Training Venue: Meeting Room A at United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), UNESCAP, Rajadamnern Nok Avenue, Khwaeng Bang Khun Phrom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand