NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program has announced a series of online training sessions on using NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management.
There will be four, 1 hour sessions, in the form of webinars, from 16 March to 06 April 6, 2016. Each session will be held two times a day to allow for international participation from different times zones and will provide demonstrations and hands-on experience in using NASA remote sensing observations and flood mapping tools useful for flood management. Participants will learn to access rainfall, streamflow, and surface inundation extent data for regional flood cases.
This training is aimed at public and private entities – both national and international – involved in disaster and water resource management, decision support activities, and humanitarian and relief activities. This webinar is free and open but you must register and space is limited.
Brock Blevins, ARSET training coordinator, said
“This webinar is designed for international public and private entities involved in disaster and water resource management, decision support activities, and humanitarian and relief activities. Past participants from the 2015 introductory online Flood Management training represented over 300 organizations from all sectors in over 85 countries”.
Participants will learn to access digital elevation and terrain data, as well as socioeconomic data, to facilitate flood risk assessment and post-flood relief planning using a GIS framework. Attendees will learn how to use NASA remote sensing data for flood management from planning pre-flood monitoring to post-flood relief activities.
Feedback from previous sessions has been extremely positive. A past participant said “the training provided me with an in-depth understanding of remote sensing, the data available on-line and how it may be used both in the pre- and post-flood environments.”
What is NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program?
NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) is sponsored by the Applied Sciences Program within NASA’s Earth Sciences Division. The Applied Sciences Program supports applied research and targets projects focused on innovative and practical uses of data from Earth Observations satellites to inform decision makers around the globe. Since 2009, ARSET has worked with NASA Applied Sciences Program managers and principal investigators to communicate the datasets, tools, and portals that are operationally ready to present to weather forecasters, water resource managers, and disaster relief professionals.
The goal of the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) is to increase the utility of NASA earth science and model data for policy makers, regulatory agencies, and other applied science professionals in the areas of health and air quality, water resources, ecoforecasting, and disaster management.