Use of GIS and remote sensing in multi hazard early warning systems (2 dates)

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
18-22 Jun 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani
Info on live translation:
All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants must have a reasonable reading and understanding skills in English. Some early warning, and GIS background is desirable, but not essential.
26-30 Nov 2012

About the training

This training aims to develop the capacity of professionals mainly working in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation to design, manage, evaluate and undertake improvements in people-centered early warning systems for hydro-meteorological & geological hazards and extreme events associated with climate change and variability. It builds upon Indepth Research Services (IRES) experience in building capacities on use of GIS, Remote Sensing and space based technologies in disaster risk management for disaster management institutions, disaster management practitioners and communities. It aims to institutionalize weather and climate information applications for disaster mitigation.

Training objectives

The main objective of the training is to enhance the capacity of participating professionals and institutions, to effectively develop skills in process design of multi-hazard early warning systems, and mitigate the effects of events related to hydro-meteorological and geological phenomena.

Upon completion the participants will learn how to:

- Undertake risk assessment and design of multi-hazard early warning systems for disaster risk reduction
- Effectively integrate scientific and technical inputs into early warning dissemination and communication system
- Develop strategies to institutionalize early warning systems into the process cycle of disaster risk management and development planning, emergency response, and preparedness activities
- Develop risk communication & communication technologies
- Interpret scientific information products into user friendly formats and prepare & communicate tailor made early warning information products
- Design and implement community based early warning systems that are people centered
- Evaluate and introduce public education and training program for the community based early warning systems
- Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems and Participatory GIS skills for community Early Warning Systems
- Apply Mobile Data Gathering technologies for rapid assessment and surveys
- Apply emerging generation climate prediction technologies for anticipating and managing disaster risks associated with climate change & variability

Training content

- Concepts and main frameworks in Multi Hazard Early Warning Systems
- Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Processes
- Observed Climate Change and Impacts
- Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty
- Basic concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing in the context of Early Warning Systems
- Handling spatial information I: (Using Quantum GIS)
- Spatial Reference Systems & data integration
- Handling spatial information II: GPS-based field data collection
- Introduction to Risk Identification and assessment using Spatial Technologies
- Mobile data gathering for field assessments/surveys using Open Data Kit and Nokia data gathering platforms
- Handling spatial information III: Visualization of risk information (Introduction to ILWIS)
- Hazard detection, monitoring, forecasting and warning
- Handling spatial information IV: Satellite image processing techniques for change detection (Using ILWIS)
- Early warning dissemination and communication
- Communication protocols
- SMS to Map for crisis monitoring using Ushahidi
- Public Participatory GIS
- Google Earth, Maps, Mapmaker
- Other PPGIS Tools
- Social Networking Integration
- Community-based early warning systems
- Building hazard-aware and ready communities
- Monitoring and evaluation of early warning system

Language of Instruction

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants must have a reasonable reading and understanding skills in English. Some early warning, and GIS background is desirable, but not essential.

Additional information

What is included in the event fee

The training is residential, and will be held at Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani. Applicants are highly encouraged to stay at the hotel where the training is held. The rooms’ rate is approximately US$ 50 per day. Note this is a negotiated rate between IRES and the Hotel management.

Alternative I: with accommodation: KES 109,499 or US$ 1,399, Exclusive of VAT (Add 16%)
Alternative II: without accommodation: KES 79,499, or US$ 1,099, Exclusive of VAT (Add 16%)

The standard course fee of KES 109,499 or US$1,399 covers the course tuition, training materials, accommodation (6), breakfast (5), two break refreshments and lunch everyday during the training, study visits and all dinners. Participants will cater for their own travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses. Participants who wish to seek own accommodation can choose course fee Alternative II of KES 79,499 or US$1,099; Exclusive of VAT (16%), this will only cover for course tuition, training materials and study visits.

Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before 11th June 2012. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Kindly send proof of payment to

In cases where a participant is unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in their place, provided the participation criteria described above have been met. Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least 3 weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, a full refund less 15% of course fee for banking charges and administrative costs will be made. No refunds are available for cancellation within a period less than 3 weeks prior to course commencement. Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Target audience

The course is tailored for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation practitioners, development workers, including officials of national and provincial governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services, and staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector. Participants who are responsible for disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and disaster management policy will gain the most from the curriculum.

How to register

To apply for this course kindly register online at

Registration deadlines:

For the June course: C.O.B. 4th June 2012.
For the November course: C.O.B. 12th November 2012

For more details contact:

The Manager - Training Department Indepth Research Services
Mobile: +254 721440526
Tel: +254 0202113814


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