NASA ARSET Online Remote Sensing Training Announcement: Overview of the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System




NASA ARSET Online Remote Sensing Training Announcement: Overview of the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

Dates: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Times: 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. EST (UTC-5)

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Up-to-date and accessible information is essential to providing an effective, coordinated response to disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tropical storms. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) provides near real-time data, alerts, and impact assessments that can be accessed online. The interactive website integrates coordination tools with maps and satellite imagery relevant to an event, including NASA satellite imagery and MODIS-based flood mapping from the Dartmouth Flood Observatory. In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use GDACS to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events. The training will include a presentation, followed by a demonstration of GDACS features and a case study with step-by-step instructions for obtaining satellite images, alerts, and crisis management information using GDACS.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  • Monitor real-time disasters using satellite images and maps
  • Use GIS-based and in situ information to inform impact assessments and response strategies
Course Format:
  • One, two-hour session
  • Sessions will be held on Thursday, February 21,  8:00-10:00 a.m. and  5:00-7:00 p.m. EST (UTC-5)
  • Sessions are broadcast twice per day to allow for international participation
  • A certificate of completion will be provided to participants that attend the live webinar

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this training.

Audience: Disaster managers, emergency and relief organizations, and NGOs operating on local to international levels. Professional organizations in the public and private sectors engaged in disaster management and relief will be given preference over organizations focused primarily on research.

Registration Information: 

This webinar is free, but you must register below. Space is limited, and preference will be given to organizations listed above over organizations focused primarily on research. You will be notified by email if your registration has been approved on or before February 20. Please only register for the session that works best for your time zone.

Course Agenda: Agenda.pdf

Read more at NASA ARSET  website




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