Launch of Phase II of the MOOC on the “Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management”

Phase II of the MOOC

Phase II of the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the “Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management” was launched on 1 June 2021 by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (through its UN-SPIDER programme) and the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (affiliated to the United Nations). The MOOC provides free and flexible online training to everyone who wishes to enhance their capabilities related to the use of geospatial and Earth observation technologies in disaster risk management.

Phase II is a continuation of Phase I of the MOOC, which was launched in 2020. It offered a much needed learning tool for capacity building during the challenging times of the COVID-19 outbreak. It received an overwhelming response from 29,727 participants from 104 countries. Phase II brings an enhanced version of the MOOC based on the feedback received from the participants.

Phase II of this MOOC aims to strengthen the knowledge of disaster management professionals, experts, and students in understanding the role of Earth observation and geospatial information in order to achieve  the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, stemming from the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The inaugural ceremony was carried out by Ms Simonetta Di Pippo (Director, UNOOSA), Mr. Shantanu Bhatawdekar (Director of Earth Observation Programme of Indian Space Research Organisation), Dr. Prakash Chavan (Director, CSSTEAP), and Dr. Nancy Searby (Chair of the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Development). The focal points of  this Phase II of the MOOC are shirish.ravan [at] (Dr. Shirish Ravan) from UNOOSA and cmbhatt [at] (Mr. C.M. Bhatt) from CSSTEAP.

The registration for MOOC is open from 1 June to 15 August 2021 and will be offline on 31 August 2021.  

Please click the following link to register for the MOOC:

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