The rapid population growth and urbanization combined with extreme climatic events are causing a swift increase in vulnerability of communities to hazardous events. Unplanned growth both in urban and non-urban areas calls for preparation to reduce the impact of disasters, and there is a great need to utilize disaster risk information in designing effective coping mechanisms.
Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and geographic information systems (GIS) play an important role in disaster risk assessment and management. There is a need to create awareness among disaster management professionals regarding the importance of utilizing GIS.
The curriculum for this course has been re-designed jointly by ADPC, Asian Institute of Technology, the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, Netherlands, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT), with the aim of providing an overview of the use of spatial information in disaster risk management.
The course not only explains what spatial data is and how it is collected, but also emphasizes on the use of the 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.
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Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
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
The ten-day course is divided into five modules:
Module 1: Core/basic information
Basic concepts and terminologies of disaster management
Basic concepts of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing
Introduction to spatial information
Handling spatial information (introduction to ArcGIS)
Module 2: Post-disaster impact and damage analysis
The use of satellite imagery for disaster relief and recovery
Impact analysis and preliminary damage assessment
Building damage assessment
Module 3: Pre-disaster risk assessment
Elements at risk and vulnerability assessment
Types and methods of risk assessment, risk evaluation, cost and benefit analysis
Module 4: Risk information for risk reduction planning
Visualization of risk information
Risk information and spatial planning
Module 5: Mini projects
Note:The above course curriculum is shown for general reference only. ADPC's ongoing course improvement process may lead to some changes in topics and structure.
The course is open to all participants who are working or will be working in the organizations where spatial information is used or considered to be used for the purpose of disaster risk management, disaster management, or disaster risk reduction. There is no prerequisite GIS knowledge for the participant who is interested in this course.
The course welcome participants from all geographic areas, however, the class size is limited to 30 persons. ADPC accepts the nomination on a first come, first served basis provided the applicant meets the course requirement.
Package A without accommodation:USD 2,275
Package B with accommodation:USD 3,250
The standard course fee of USD 2,275 covers the course tuition, training materials, meeting package, and study visits. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, airport transfers, visa application, lunch and dinners, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.
Participants who want to stay at the hotel where the course will be conducted can choose an alternative course fee package B with accommodation.
Interested persons can apply as individuals although preference will be given to those sponsored by an organization. The application can be submitted online at www.adpc.net/tsu/sign-in.asp.
If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer or International Demand Draft (IDD) not later than September 9, 2017. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.
If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria described above have been met. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.