Use of GIS and remote sensing in climate change analysis and adaptation

Training Course
Indepth Research Services (IRES)
26-30 Mar 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani
11-15 Jun 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani
24-28 Sep 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani
10-14 Dec 2012
Kenya (Nairobi)
Sportsview Hotel, Kasarani


The training 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, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector.

This training will offer a set of methods and techniques for analysis and monitoring of climate change, with applications in climate change impacts and adaptation. Participants’ will also acquire a better understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation measures for freshwater resources, and time series analysis.

Training objectives

On completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

• Evaluate the spatial data requirements in Climate Change Analysis and Adaption
• Use GIS and RS as tools for hazard, vulnerability and risk (HVR) assessment
• Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in Climate Change Analysis and Adaption
• Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
• Use participatory GIS (PGIS) at community level
• Use Mobile data gathering techniques
• 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
• Have a better understanding of the links of both natural and anthropogenically induced climate change, its impacts, and adaptation and mitigation response options concerning water-related issues
• Acquire advanced knowledge necessary to inform policy makers and stakeholders about the implications for water resources not only of climate change and climate change response options but also of various climate change scenarios and climate change response options, including associated synergies and tradeoffs.

Training content

• Basic Understanding of Key Concepts
• Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing

- Viewing satellite imagery
- Single Band viewing
- Stacking
- Colour composite viewing
- Mosaicing

• Basic data processing/manipulation - Land Cover mapping

- Unsupervised classification – Iso-data
- Supervised classification – MLC and Feature space
- NDVI generation

• Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Processes
• Observed Climate Change and Impacts
• Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty

- Introduction and background
- Climate models both present and future and the different scenarios
- Sources of uncertainty and variation

• Selecting Appropriate Future Climate Predictions

- Viewing climate points and surfaces
- Interpolation of rainfall/temperature points
- Viewing future climatic model surfaces
- Processing variations in climate models

• Global and Regional Challenges
• Mitigation and Adaptation Practices and Resilience (Urban Areas, Rural Areas)
• Adaptation in Practice ( International Context, National Context)
• Community Engagement Practices
• Mobile Data Gathering for field assessments/Surveys
• GPS-based field information and participatory GIS tools
• Costs and Benefits Analysis
• Economic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

- DPSIR concept model
- Change versus Impact
- Change in rainfall and temperature
- Direct and indirect effects to the environment and economic activities
- National, regional and local scale

• Global and National Policies on Financing Adaptation Strategies

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 CCA and related areas.


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 instruction

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. Participants must be fully conversant with English.

Training venue and accomodation

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 orUS$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 19th 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 the categories of professional mentioned above who require additional knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in their organizations on Climate Change Impact Analysis and Adaption.

How to register

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

Deadlines to register:

- for the March course: C.O.B. 12th Mar 2012.
- for the July course:    C.O.B. 28th May 2012
- for the September course: C.O.B. 10th September 2012
- for the December course: C.O.B. 26th November 2012

For more details contact:

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


Climate Change, Community-based DRR, Information Management, Risk Identification & Assessment, Space Technology, Urban Risk & Planning, GIS & Mapping, Water

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