International training on use of GIS and remote sensing in disaster risk management

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
12-16 Mar 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani.
25-29 Jun 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani
10-14 Sep 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportview Hotel, Kasarani
03-07 Dec 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani


Human population growth and rapid urbanization coupled with climate change are causing increased vulnerability of communities exposed to hazardous events all over the world. Consequently, disasters are increasingly taking heavy loss of life and destruction of property. In Africa, and developing counties in general, unplanned growth and poor infrastructure both in urban and non-urban areas makes imperative that adequate preparation to reduce the impact of disasters be put in place. There is therefore great need to utilize disaster risk information in planning for effective coping mechanisms of disaster risk reduction. - Norman Kerle, ITC Netherlands, AIDA Conceptual Disaster risk information is spatial in nature and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) play an important role in disaster risk assessment and management. For this reason, there is a significant need to create awareness among the disaster management professionals regarding the importance of GIS usage.

Equally important is the creation of awareness on the use of Open Source software solutions, both for development and management use and for GIS work to improve accessibility for people, organizations and countries with lesser means of funding GIS implementation and use.
The main purpose of the course is to enhance the capabilities of executive managers and technical staff involved in disaster risk management by providing them with understanding on the use of spatial information in disaster risk management. Participants acquire hands-on skills in application of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) in disaster risk management interventions, and learn to work with, spatial data, satellite images and Public Participatory GIS tools, that are the key to a better understanding of hazard, vulnerability and risk.

Training Objectives

By completing this course, participants will be able to:

• Evaluate the spatial data requirements in disaster risk management
• Use GIS and RS as a tools for hazard, vulnerability and risk (HVR) assessment
• Use risk information in planning disaster reduction intervention through spatial multi-criteria analysis
• Utilize existing sources of past disaster information and elements at risk data
• Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in disaster risk management
• Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
• Use participatory GIS (PGIS) at community level
• Application of remote sensing data and image processing techniques to monitor hazardous events and assess damage
• Damage assessments in order to generate information for recovery planning
• Evaluate Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in disaster risk management
• Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data, GPS-based field information, and HVR models and analysis in a proper geospatial and cartographic framework

Training Contents

Module 1: Basic Information

• Basic GIS and RS concepts and terminologies in the context of disaster management
• Introduction to spatial information
• Spatial Reference Systems & data integration
• GIS project design and setup
• Handling spatial information I: (Using Quantum GIS Software)
• Handling spatial information II: GPS-based mobile GIS for HV field data collection
• Introduction to disaster risk Management concepts and frameworks

Module 2: Hazard, vulnerability and Risk assessment with GIS and RS (Pre-Disaster)

• Hazard Assessment
• Elements at risk and vulnerability assessment
• Types and methods of risk assessment, risk evaluation, cost-benefit analysis
• Use of GIS in disaster preparedness planning

Module 3: Application of risk information for Risk Reduction planning (Pre-Disaster)

• Risk evaluation
• Visualization of risk information (Using ILWIS Software)
• Risk mapping and database generation
• Disaster monitoring : satellite image processing techniques for change detection

Module 4: Introduction to Early warning systems and Information Networks (Pre-Disaster)

• Early warning systems and Information Networks for major hazards

Module 5: Disaster Impact Analysis (Post Disaster)

• The use of satellite imagery for disaster relief and recovery
• Visit to a satellite data receiving and processing station.

Module 6: Public Participatory GIS and Disaster Risk Management (Pre and Post Disaster)

• Participatory GIS
• Mobile Data Gathering for Assessment and Surveys using Open Data Kit
• Google Geospatial tools- Maps and Earth
• SMS to Map for community crisis mapping - Using Ushahidi
• Open StreetMaps
• Other Global PPGIS Tools


The training is not aimed at any specific GIS and Remote Sensing software products, but will provide a practical, hands-on GIS problem solving, by making use of Free Open Source and commercial GIS Software such as ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, ILWIS,PCRaster, Google Earth, Google MapMaker and Open Data Kit (ODK).
The training will be conducted in both plenary and group session with participants taking hands-on activities.
Language of Instruction:
All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. Participants must be fully conversant with English.

Training Venue and Accommodation

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.

Training Fees

• 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 5th Mar 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.

Additional information

Target audience

The course is targeted at participants who require knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and RS in their organization for disaster risk management, disaster management, or disaster risk reduction, Early Warning. Prior knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing is not a requirement but will be an added advantage.

Minimum requirements

The course is designed for participants with a reasonable reading and understanding skills in English who are working or intend to work in organizations dealing with DRM and related areas.

How to register

To apply for any of these courses kindly register online at .


- for the March course: C.O.B. 27th February 2012.
- for the June course: C.O.B. 11th June 2012
- for the September course: C.O.B. 27th August 2012
- for the December course: C.O.B. 19th November 2012

For more details contact:

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


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