Three projects funded by the European Union aim to support faster and more accurate flood warnings. The researchers behind Imprints, WeSenseIt and UrbanFlood have developed unique forecasting and alert systems to warn communities of impending floods.
From 9 to 13 June 2014, UN-SPIDER conducted an international training programme on multi-level risk profiling jointly with its Regional Support Office ICIMOD. The purpose of the training programme, taking place in Kathmandu, Nepal, was to improve
The experts providing the training course included specialists from UN-SPIDER, from ICIMOD, from National Disaster Reduction Centre of China NDRCC (China), and from the National Remote Sensing Centre NRDC (India).
20 participants from disaster management agencies and stakeholder departments of ICIMOD Member States participated in the training programme. All but one ICIMOD Member state attended the programme: Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan.
The training on ‘Regional Training on Multi-level Flood Risk Mapping’ was jointly organized by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and UN Platform for Space-based information for Disaster Management and EmergencyResponse (UNSPIDER) of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs. Part of the support for this training course comes from “SERVIR-Himalaya”, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The purpose of the training programme is to improve disaster risk management using space based and geospatial information by imparting hands-on training to the officials of member countries supported by ICIMOD and UN-SPIDER.
The training covered climate change, disaster risk reduction and space technology, developing hazard and vulnerability indicators at national and sub-national level, flood inundation modelling using HEC-RAS methods, flood inundation mapping and monitoring using satellite images and landslide hazard mapping using satellite remote sensing. More than 50% time was devoted to the hands-on sessions on flood inundation model (held by an expert of ICIMOD), on flood mapping and monitoring (held by an expert of NDRCC) and on landslide hazard mapping (held by an expert of the National Remote Sensing Centre of India). UN-SPIDER delivered lectures on climate change, disaster risk reduction and space technology and on the role of space technology in the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) and HFA2.
The training was conducted by experts from UN-SPIDER, the International Water Management Institute, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC)
A total of 20 officials from 17 government departments in Bangladesh participated in the programme. These departments included: Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics , Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) , Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) , Forest Department, Flood Forecast and Warning Center (FFWC), Joint Rivers Commission, Bangladesh (JRCB), Urban Development Directory (UDD) , Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) , Dhaka University (DU), Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) , Geography /Disaster Science and Mngt. Dept, Dhaka, Dhaka WASA, Armed Forces Division (AFD), Survey of Bangladesh (SoB), Water Resources Management Organization (WRMO).
The training covered a wide range of topics such as an overview of the role of Earth Observation in disaster management, the regional plan of action on promoting Space and GIS applications for disaster risk management and sustainable development, global and regional flood hotspot assessment, flood hazard/risk mapping, multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment, flood inundation mapping using multi-resolutionsatellitedata, flood response rapid mapping etc. Participants were also offered hands-on sessions to develop skills in mapping and modelling floods.
The complete training report is available for download here.
CGIAR Research Programs on Water, Land & Ecosystems (WLE) and Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) are conducting a project focusing on flood impact mitigation using geospatial flood inundation mapping.
From 22 to 26 July 2013, UN-SPIDER jointly with CSSTEAP (Centre for Space Science Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific), IWMI (International Water Management Institute) and UNESCAP organized an international training programme on flood risk mapping, modeling, and assessment using space technology. The training took place on the CSSTEAP premises in Dehradun, India.
From 22 to 26 July 2013, UN-SPIDER jointly with CSSTEAP, IWMI and UNESCAP organized an international training programme on flood risk mapping, modeling, and assessment using space technology.