Centre for Space Science Technology and Education for Asia and the Pacific
UN-HABITAT and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER.
A training programme named ‘Post Disaster (Earthquake) Rapid Damage Assessment’ was held at Yangon, Myanmar on 28 March – 2 April 2017. Its objective was to build capacity for rapid damage assessment using geospatial and earth observation technologies.
It was hosted by Yangon Technological University in collaboration with Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar Engineering Society and Myanmar Earthquake Committee. It was organised as a recall of the Chuak earthquake in August 2016 that severely damaged some of the religious structures in the heritage site of Bagan, with the purpose of developing capacities in use of earth observation and geospatial technologies for post-disaster rapid damage assessment.
The course included theory and hands-on sessions focused on the use of earth observation in providing critical information and rapid mapping during earthquakes. The participants learned about the role of International Charter, Sentinel Asia etc. and about the use of FOSS4G (Free and Open source software’s for Geoinformatics) and latest trends of digital image processing.