Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation

Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation

6-10 October 2014 at GISTDA’s training facility, Bangkok, Thailand

Under ITC and GISTDA Collaboration

Background and Objectives

As exposure and vulnerability to extreme events in Southeast Asian continue to increase, there is an urgent need to integrate hazard assessment and disaster risk management into strategic planning and sustainable development. Additionally, the impact of disasters is rapidly growing worldwide. However, many countries and development agencies so far do not consider hazard and disaster risk in development planning, and lack sufficient strategies to plan, assess, prevent or mitigate the effects of extreme events.

Objectives: This course will provide a unique opportunity to integrate a multidisciplinary assessment of hazard and risk into spatial planning and sustainable development and use earth observation-base solutions to increase disaster resilience.

Benefits: This course will increase and improve personnel capability in the region to respond to current disasters, learn how to manage and mitigate these serious situations and know more about the latest developments in earth observation-based solutions that contribute to improved preparedness, mitigation planning and disaster resilience in the region.


Implementing Organizations: Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization): GISTDA, Ministry of Science and Technology

ITC – Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation of the University of Twente, The Netherlands

Airbus DS, Geo-intelligence (Spot Image SA/Infoterra GmbH)

Sponsors: Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation (InCREO) Project, co-funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme

Date & Place

Date: Monday 6 –  Friday 10 October 2014

Duration: 5 days

Place: GISTDA’s training facility at 196 Phaholyothin Road, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900,


Location: 13°50’41.99″ N,100°34’40.25″ E

Expected Participants from Asia – Pacific countries

This training course is open to young researchers, i.e., last year undergraduate, M.Sc., and Ph.D. student, scientists and professionals who are studying or working in a variety of disaster management disciplines and who wish to expand and improve their knowledge and skills. Participation is limited to a maximum of 30 participants.

Course Content

Day 1: Geo-Information for Disaster Risk Management (ITC)
In the morning there will be a lecture to provide understanding about the general concepts of hazards and its spatial temporal characteristics and how spatial data – and Earth Observation data in particular – can be used in their assessment. In the afternoon there will be a hands-on exercise.

Day 2: Disaster Risk in a Changing World (ITC)
In the morning there will be a lecture about how risk is continuous changing because of man-made (mitigation) interventions and developments and because of global changes and long-term trends. In the afternoon a new web-based tool – developed within the IncREO project – will be demonstrated (hands-on) for the assessment of changing risk in a changing world for planning and decision-making.

Day 3: Use of EO data (optical / radar) and DEMs in support of disaster management (SISA)
Airbus DS will demonstrate its research and developments on “Geo-intelligence” and discuss new applications of EO data that have been developed in the EU research programs “Copernicus”, “SAFER” and “IncREO”.

Day 4: Optical EO (SISA / ITD)
Demonstrations of the application EO data for assets mapping on national, regional and local level, multi-hazard risk assessment (Alpago-Italy use-case)  and mapping of land cover (change) in support of spatial planning (include practical exercises)

Day 5: SAR data (ITD)
Mapping flood events using SAR data (include practical exercises), the generation of the WorldDEM and Surface Movement Measurements using SAR data.


The language of the training course is English.


The lecturers will be composed of well-known experts on earth observation for disaster management from:

ITC: Dr. Dinand Alkema
SISA (Spot Image): Dr. Veronique Lefevre
ITD (InfoTerra-Germany): Dr. Virginia Herrera-Cruz ,Mr. Ralf Duering



As is customary, all the participants are advised to take adequate insurance towards health, medical, accident or any other health related incidences/cases during their stay in Thailand. GISTDA shall not be responsible for such expenses.