Nov 2023
Introductory training on the Application of GIT for Rapid Response Mapping… United Nations Satellite Centre UNOSAT
Dhaka, Bangladesh
19 Nov 2023 to 30 Nov 2023
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Duration of event
10 Days
Programme Area
Satellite Imagery and Analysis
Event Focal Point Email
Registration method
Private – by invitation
Mode of delivery

UNOSAT is implementing The project “Strengthening Capacities in the Use of Geospatial Information for Improved Resilience in Asia-Pacific and Africa.” (2021-2024) intends to develop sustainable capacities and implement ad-hoc and tailored geospatial solutions. These can help to improve existing policy and decision-making processes to solve priority issues in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction. Partnership with the government is crucial to the success of the project. UNOSAT aims to develop innovative capacity development solutions and geospatial services by integrating data, technology, knowledge, and people - custom-tailored to the country's needs. This 3-year long project builds on previous experiences and aims to further enhance capacities by leveraging technological advances and innovation and providing integrated geospatial solutions for improved decision making in the fields of Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Resilience, Environmental Preservation in the eight target countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, Lao PDR, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, Uganda, and Vanuatu.

Since 2011, with support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and later the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), UNOSAT has been enhancing capacities of the different national and regional stakeholders from target countries in Asia and East Africa region. While the previous projects were successful in strengthening capacities and increasing awareness of government stakeholders in the use of geospatial technology applications for evidence-based decision making, government beneficiaries have expressed the further need for having more long-term in-country capacity development activities. Also, with the advent of new technologies such as machine learning, big-data analytics and the launching of new earth observation satellites it is very important that stakeholders in the LDCs & SIDS countries can make the best use of those technologies and support for evidence based decision making.

Event objectives

As part of the project activities, this training session will focus on introductory topics of Geospatial Information Technology and its basic application in disaster management. The overall aim of the course is to improve on-the-job performance on the use of QGIS software and basic GIT applications for disaster risk assessment.

Content and Structure

The course will start with the basics concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing. The following sessions will also provide the participants with theoretical understanding of remote sensing and hazard mapping. The participants will then learn how to conduct exposure assessment of population and any other relevant element. Towards the end of the session the participants will plan and execute a complete exercise on the topics covered in the training. The number of participants is limited to 15 (max.) to ensure quality support provided by UNOSAT’s instructors.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) for Disaster Risk management
  • Recall basic methods and functionalities of GIS software (QGIS) & basic concepts related to GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Gather free geospatial data and satellite image available in the web
  • Assess exposure of selected elements for specific hazard
  • Utilise open source applications to collect field data for disaster response operations
  • Prepare a Rapid Response Map



This course will take place over a period of 2 weeks in 2 phases considering the day-to-day official workloads of the participants . In first phase the participants will join each 2 hrs session per day for 5 days. In the second phase they will join for each half day session for 5 days in the following week. This is a blended learning course with lectures and GIS lab exercises using GIS datasets and real case scenarios (60% lab exercises, 40% lectures and

This course is divided into 6 modules. Each module is structured into 2 to 4 sessions of 1.5 hour each. The average workload is likely to be around 30 hours. The course is designed in a way to have a balanced approach between
theoretical and practical teaching methods consisting in PowerPoint presentations, games, live demos, videos, interactive sessions, and GIS lab exercises.

Targeted audience

The course is designed to accommodate participants from Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Bangladesh. Since the main purpose of the training is to build capacity of technical staff to apply useful acquired GIT skills in their daily jobs, the suggested criteria of selection may include:

  • Staff who have the commitment and mandate to use the knowledge and skills acquired to support disaster risk management operations;
  • Basic computer literacy is required.
Additional information

The course will be delivered in English