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Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience

6, 8, 13 and 15 August 2019

Organisation: NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)

Registration deadline: 6 August 2019


According to a UN report, between 1998 and 2017, the U.S. alone lost USD $944.8 billion from disasters. Between 1978 and 2017, losses from extreme weather events rose by 251 percent. It is critical to develop disaster management strategies to reduce and mitigate disaster risks. A major factor in regional risk assessment is the evaluating the vulnerability of lives and property to disasters. Environmental information about disasters, their spatial impact, and their temporal evolution can plan an important role as well.

This webinar series will focus on Earth observation (EO) data useful for disaster risk assessment. The series will cover natural disasters including tropical cyclones, flooding, wildfires, and heat stress. The training will also include access of socio-economic and disaster damage data. Sessions 3 and 4 will cover case studies and operational applications of EO for disaster risk assessment.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal: Target 13.1: Strength resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries.

Learning objectives: By the end of this training, attendees will:

  • learn about available NASA remote sensing and socio-economic data and how to combine them for assessing risk
  • understand how to apply these data for assessing risk from floods and tropical cyclones in specific regions
  • learn how operational agencies are using NASA data for risk management

Course date range and times: 6, 8, 13 and 15 August 2019, at 10:00-12:00 EDT (UTC-4) and 15:00-17:00 EDT (UTC-4).

Course format: Four, two-hour parts that include lectures, demonstrations, and question and answer sessions; Both Session A & B will be broadcast in English.

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