At a glance:
The Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC) of Colombia and UNOOSA signed a cooperation agreement to establish a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in 2011. IGAC is promoting the use of space-based information within Colombia for a variety of purposes and has been supporting UN-SPIDER in activities conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean. As an RSO, IGAC continues to provide experts for UN-SPIDER's technical advisory support to countries within the region and to contribute to capacity building efforts in the region.
The Institute offers several training activities, including 13 short courses, three specializations, three master degrees and a doctoral programme. Furthermore, IGAC has a virtual training center that includes courses of remote sensing techniques, basic cartography and GIS. All the training activities are available on the official webpage http://www.igac.gov.co.
The IGAC develops and provides information and knowledge related to cartography, agrology, cadastral, geography and geospatial technologies. It supports the planning processes and the integral development of the country. Given the experience in the geographic field, the Institute has a strong component allowing the development of thematic products in the risk and disaster management field.
Available databases and space-based information:
Thematic maps: http://sigotn.igac.gov.co/sigotn/
Online Courses: http://www.icde.org.co/web/guest/inicio
Colombian Space Commission: http://www.cce.gov.co/web/guest/inicio
Service WMS flood areas of Colombia: http://geoservice.igac.gov.co/dgr?