Geographic information systems (GIS) play a vital role in disaster risk assessment and management. They support planning, response and recovery efforts and improve situational awareness. Unplanned population growth and rapid urbanization combined with extreme climatic events are some of the challenges that increase the vulnerability of a community. To address these challenges there is need to create awareness among disaster managers regarding the usefulness of GIS in disaster risk management.
The focus of the course will be on the use of data during pre- and post- disaster management such as in early warning systems and hazard, vulnerability, risk and damage assessments as well as in the design of risk reduction measures.
Objectives of the course
- Describe and utilize spatial data, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing in disaster risk assessment and management
- Utilize existing sources of historical disaster information
- Apply GIS/remote sensing in hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessment
- Utilize risk information in emergency preparedness planning
- Visualize hazard and risk information
- Apply GIS/remote sensing to post-disaster damage assessment
- Proficiency in English language
- Meet admission criteria
Training will be interactive through presentations, group work, practical exercises and web based tutorials.