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Training Course on GIS and Remote Sensing in Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change

November 30, 2015 @ 12:00 am - December 4, 2015 @ 12:00 am UTC+0

Introduction

The main purpose of the course is to enhance the capabilities of technical staff involved in Food Security Analysis, climate analysis and agriculture by providing them with an understanding on the use of spatial and Earth Observation (EO) information as a tool to integrate knowledge about climate change, agriculture, and food security in a meaningful and innovative way.

REQUIREMENTS

The training is designed for participants who are reasonably proficient in English.

DURATION

 5 Days

COURSE OBJECTIVE

 By completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Food Security Analysis
  • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Climate Change Analysis
  • Understand concepts and main frameworks in Agriculture
  • Understand the relationship between climate change, agriculture and food security
  • Apply GIS and Remote Sensing as Decision support tool for Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
  • Use GIS information in planning FS interventions through spatial multi-criteria analysis
  • Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of spatial data infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in CCAFS
  • Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
  • Use participatory GIS (PGIS) tools during assessments at community level
  • Apply remote sensing data and image processing techniques to monitor select CCAFS indicators
  • Use mobile phones to gather data during field assessments/surveys
  • Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data and GPS-based field information

 COURSE CONTENT

 Module 1

 Key concepts and definitions

  • Introduction to climate change, Agriculture, Food security  and their relationship
  •  GIS for climate change, Agriculture and Food security 
  •  Introduction to GIS and R.S concepts in the context of climate change, Agriculture and Food security (CCAFS)
  • GIS project design and setup
  • Sources of GIS data for CCAFS
  • Basic use of GIS Software
  • Integrating data from different sources into a GIS
  • Using handheld GPS for field data collection
  • Geospatial Analysis for Agriculture and food security
  • Mapping areas of climate change
  • Mapping areas of food insecurity
  •  Remote Sensing in CCAFS
  •  Introduction to Remote sensing
  • Use of Remote sensing and image analysis software
  • Image interpretation
  • Image classification
  • Change detection 

Module 2

The impacts of climate change on Agriculture and food security

 Use of GIS in Climate Predictions

  • Response to climate change: Adaptation and mitigation: the climate analogue tool
  • Role of climatic change detection on Agriculture and food security
  • International and National Policy Framework for addressing climate change; UNFCCC Kyoto protocol and existing local policies

 Module 3

GIS and Remote sensing in Agriculture

  • Yield monitoring and mapping 
  • Characterizing soil spatial variability 

  • Site-specific soil management: prescription maps 

  • Grid sampling, management zones, realistic yield expectations 

  • Remote sensing (RS) for site-specific management. 

 Module 4

  • Food Security Assessment and Analysis
  • The use of satellite imagery for food insecurity detection and recovery
  • Visualization of vulnerability information
  • Assessing food insecurity impact
  • Climate change sources of uncertainty and variation

Module 5

Global Positioning System (GPS) and Basic GPS skills 

  • Types of GPS
  • GPS, GLONAS, Argos, and other data types and sources
  • Developing standard procedures and guidelines
  • GPS configuration, Capturing data from surveys
  • GPS data  download and related tasks
  • Integrating GPS field data into the GIS database

Module 6

 Public Participatory GIS and data collection using mobile phones

  • Participatory GIS methods
  • Participatory GIS and HVR analysis
  • Community-based climate predictions
  • Using GIS to Build hazard-aware and ready communities
  • Use of Mobile Phones for GIS Data collection in Assessment and Surveys

Case Studies:

  • Integrating Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (Climate Analogue)
  • GIS based approaches for adapting Agriculture to Climate Change

Details

Start:
November 30, 2015 @ 12:00 am
End:
December 4, 2015 @ 12:00 am
Event Category:
Website:
http://indepthresearch.org/geospatial-information-systems-and-earth-management/courses-on-gps-gis-remote-sensing/tcgrsafc

Venue

Nairobi
Kenya