Introductory Webinar: Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience

Introductory Webinar: Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience


Tue, Aug 6 - Thu, Aug 15 2019

According to a UN report1, between 1998 and 2017, the U.S. alone lost USD$944.8 billion from disasters. Between 1978 and 2017, losses from extreme weather events rose by 251 percent. It is critical to develop disaster management strategies to reduce and mitigate disaster risks. A major factor in regional risk assessment is the evaluating the vulnerability of lives and property to disasters. Environmental information about disasters, their spatial impact, and their temporal evolution can plan an important role as well.

This webinar series will focus on Earth observation (EO) data useful for disaster risk assessment. The series will cover natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flooding, wildfires, and heat stress. The training will also include access of socioeconomic and disaster damage data. Sessions 3 & 4 will cover case studies and operational applications of EO for disaster risk assessment.

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to: 

  • define terminology associated with using EO for disaster risk assessment
  • identify what online portals NASA provides to acquire data products
  • understand several scenarios where EO can be applied to risk assessment
  • analyze NASA data products using open source software and online applications toward their own risk assessment
Course Format: 
  • Four, two-hour parts that include lectures, demonstrations, and question and answer sessions
  • Both Session A & B will be broadcast in English
  • A certificate of completion will also be available to participants who attend all four parts and complete all homework assignments. Note: certificates of completion only indicate the attendee participated in all aspects of the training, they do not imply proficiency on the subject matter, nor should they be seen as a professional certification.


Fundamentals of Remote Sensing


The audience for this training are local, regional, state, federal, and international entities, including public and private sector organizations, engaged in disaster management, emergency responders, urban and infrastructure planners.

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