Disaster Risk Management & Preparedness using GIS and Remote Sensing

Program Date

16 May 20 May 2022

Program Location

Vientiane, Laos

Program Venue

Salana Boutique Hotel

Registration Closing Date

28 Feb 2022

Program Introduction

Disasters appear on the news headlines nearly every single day. Many regions across the globe become exposed to different types of natural hazards, each with its own spatial characteristics. During the last couple of decades, the impact of disasters has shown an upward trend causing widespread losses and human suffering. Therefore, directing increased efforts towards disaster risk management with a focus on hazard and vulnerability risk assessment and elements-at-risk mapping has become vital. Earth observation products and GIS have proven to be effective tools for disaster risk management, allowing to carry out hazard and risk assessments at different scales from global to community levels.

This training course has been designed to develop the skills and capabilities of disaster risk management professionals and technical staff in applying spatial information for better DRR. Throughout the course of the program, its delegates will be able to master hands-on skills in GIS and Remote Sensing (RS). They will learn how to work with aerial photographs, satellite images, and digital maps and utilize acquired information for informed decision-making.


Target Audience

Training on Disaster Risk Management & Preparedness using GIS and Remote Sensing in Vientiane, Laos is the best suit for:

  • Disaster and Natural Hazard Risk Management Professionals
  • Professionals that require knowledge of GIS and RS for disaster risk management
  • Geoinformatics professionals willing to enhance their knowledge of RS and GIS
  • Anyone who wants to advance his/her knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and RS for disaster risk management and reduction.

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this training course, the participants will be able to:

  • Assess spatial data requirements for disaster risk management
  • Apply GIS and RS tools for hazard, vulnerability, and risk (HVR) assessments
  • Plan DRR interventions by using spatial multi-criteria analysis
  • Evaluate the availability of spatial data and appreciate the importance of spatial data infrastructure
  • Implement early warning systems on the basis of GIS and RS data
  • Employ Participatory GIS at a community level
  • Perform Damage assessment and generate necessary information for recovery planning.

Program Contents

Day 1
  • Basic Concepts and terminologies of RS and GIS in the context of DRR
  • International and regional protocols and action plans
  • Spatial Information
  • Spatial Reference Systems & data integration
  • Disaster Risk Management Data sources
  • GIS project design and setup
  • DRR concepts and frameworks
  • Types and Methods for Disaster risk assessment and evaluation
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Handling Spatial Information using Quantum GIS, and GPS-based mobile GIS
Day 2
  • Spatial data preparation and GIS integration techniques in Microsoft Excel
  • Using GIS for disaster preparedness planning
  • Elements at risk, hazard, and vulnerability assessment using GIS.
  • GIS Multi-criteria analysis in vulnerability assessment
  • Mapping existing buildings, infrastructure, land use, and critical facilities located in potential hazard areas using GIS and RS
Day 3
  • Visualization of risk information (Using QGIS/ILWIS/SAGA Software)
  • Risk mapping and database generation using Excel/QGIS and SAGA
  • Disaster monitoring: satellite image processing techniques for change detection
  • Creating a personal geodatabase for GIS emergency support
  • Creating a risk map
  • Use of GIS and RS in the identification of the extent and magnitude of each hazard
Day 4
  • Early warning systems and Information Networks for major hazards
  • The use of satellite imagery for disaster relief and recovery
  • Using satellite images and aerial photos to locate refugee and internally displaced persons
  • Participatory GIS as a tool for DRM mapping
  • Using Google Maps and Google Earth in DRM
  • Using GIS and RS tools for mapping of urban (social) hazards
Day 5 –Knowledge Reinforcement and Real-life Adoption of Theoretical Base

The last day of the program will entirely be dedicated to hands-on practice and knowledge reinforcement. Throughout the course of this ultimate session, program delegates will become actively involved in a multitude of group assignments, individual exercises, and scenario analysis. Together with the consultant, participants will have the chance to visit a satellite data receiving and processing station (subject to availability) and acquire practical insights regarding spatial information applications in DRR.


Program Methodology

Disaster Risk Management & Preparedness using GIS and Remote Sensing Program Being highly participatory in nature, this training course provides scope for active interaction between the instructor and attendees. The course focuses on developing hands-on skills through individual computer-based practical sessions, scenario analysis, and group assignments. By using innovative methods of Coaching, step-by-step case studies, and plenty of hands-on exercises, Risalat team will make sure you are industry-ready upon the completion of this program.

Program Fee
US$4480

Payment Options

Fee Covers

  • Visa Assistance (complimentary)

  • Participant Assessment

  • Airport Pickup

  • Accommodation

  • Wi-Fi

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Breakfast

  • Workshop Kit

  • Program Materials

  • Program Experts

  • Practical Activities

  • Lunch

  • Refreshments

  • Interactive workshop

  • City Map & Direction

  • Risalat T-shirt (complimentary)

  • Field Visit

  • Program Certificate

  • Entertaining Tour

  • Program Report

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