The Secretariat of APSCO organized the 'International Training Course on Integration of Multisource Earth Observation Data for Disaster Damage Assessment' jointly with the National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC), UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER and Regional Center for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (China) (affiliated to the United Nations) from 25 to 31 October 2017. This training was an extended event back to back with the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction ¨C ¡°Building Resilience through Integrated Applications¡± which was successfully organized from 23 to 25 October, 2017.
The opening ceremony of the Training was held on afternoon of Oct 25, 2017 at the NDRCC HQ and was attended and addressed by invited VIPs including Dr.Li Xinjun, Secretary General of the APSCO, Mr. Yang Siquan, DDG, National Disaster Reduction Centre of China, Ministry of Civil Affairs, P.R. China, Mr. Luc St-Pierre, Chief, Space Application Section, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, Mr. Weng Jingnong, Deputy Director of Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs.
The aim of the training was to make participants conversant with use of Multi-source Earth Observation (including satellite and UAV, optical and microwave data, remote sensing and Geographical Information System, 3D modeling and other geospatial technology) in flood and earthquake damage assessment in particular. The training resulted in imparting skills to identify damaged infrastructure and learn about the methodology of damage assessment using integrated Multi-source Earth Observation technology. The training was conducted by the experts from UN-SPIDER, NDRCC, Beihang University, Center for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP)(Affiliated to The United Nations). The training covered various topics such as 1) Basic Concepts of Remote Sensing and GIS and Chinese Open-source Space Data and Products 2) Theory and Practice on Direct Tangible Damage Assessment Caused by Earthquake 3) Theory and Practice on Flood Extent Mapping and Direct Tangible Damage Assessment 4) Basic Concepts of DRR and Multisource Earth Observation Data for Earthquake Damage Assessment 5) Multisource Earth Observation Data for Flood Damage Assessment 6) Digital Analysis for Rapid Damage Assessment 7) Basic Concepts of GIS and Creation of GIS Database 8) 3D Modeling and Current Trends for Rapid Damage Assessment
The Training was actively attended by 46 participants from Bangladesh, China, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Sudan, Thailand, Turkey and Venezuela. They are from disaster management agencies and stakeholder departments included 15 participants from APSCO Member States.
The training course was successfully concluded on October 31, 2017. The participants taken part in the training session expressed their satisfaction over the content of the training course and spoke highly on the lecturers. Advises and suggestions are given for improvement of the contents, course objectives and teaching quality. And at the end of the closing ceremony, the course completion certificates have been awarded to the participants jointly by the Organizers.