14th Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management

Date:  5 - 16 Oct 2020

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand




Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are excellent tools to assess and analyze disaster risk. As a result, ADPC, in collaboration with ITC, AIT and UNOSAT designed this course to build the capacity of disaster management practitioners on the use of GIS.

This course not only explains what spatial data is and how it is collected, but it also shows how to use spatial data in pre- and post-disaster management, such as in early warning systems, risk assessments and in the design of risk reduction measures.

The good thing about this course is that you don’t need to be an IT or a GIS person. You just need to be a DRM person with a computer background and you are ready to learn and work around the software and GIS tools the course provides.


Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

• Review and explain disaster-related concepts, terminologies, and frameworks
• Describe and utilize spatial data, GIS and remote sensing in disaster risk assessment and management
• Utilize existing sources of historical disaster information
• Apply GIS/remote sensing in hazard, vulnerability, and risk assessment
• Utilize risk information in emergency preparedness planning
• Visualize hazard and risk information
• Apply GIS/remote sensing to pre & post-disaster damage assessment


In order to achieve the objectives, the course will have the following modules:

Module 1: Disaster Related Concepts, Terminologies, and Frameworks
This module aims to enhance common understanding among participants about basic disaster-related concepts and terminologies, disaster risk trends, major frameworks, approaches, tools and methods for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.

Module 2: Overview of GIS and Remote Sensing
This module introduces basic GIS and remote sensing concepts, as well as spatial information technology. It further describes how GIS software and geospatial tools can be used to support disaster risk assessments and management.

Module 3: Pre-disaster risk assessment
This module focuses on the use of spatial information technology for pre-disaster activities (i.e., preparation and mitigation). It discusses risk assessments, including hazard, elements at-risk, exposure, vulnerability, coping capacity assessments; their methodologies (indicator-based and modelling-based assessments); how to conduct risk evaluations, as well as cost-benefit analyses.

Module 4: Post-disaster impact and damage analysis
This module focuses on the use of spatial information technology for post-disaster activities (i.e., response and recovery). It discusses the use of remote sensing data/satellite imagery for disaster response, relief and recovery, impact analysis and damage assessments.

Module 5: Risk information and communication for risk reduction planning
This module discusses how risk information can be communicated effectively for risk-informed decision-making, including through the visualization of risk information, map interpretation and web portals. The application of risk assessment will also be discussed in this module.

Module: Mini projects
This module will allow participants to apply their learning during the 1st week of training.


The various trainee-centered methodologies that will be employed, include:

• Lectures
• Presentations
• Role-Plays
• Group Exercises

The course shall be conducted in English


The course is open to mid-level and senior level staff working in disaster risk management. Those with strong interest in developing or enhancing their knowledge on risk-informed sustainable development or students who are engaged in disaster related studies or research with a GIS component are strongly encouraged to apply. There is no prerequisite GIS or remote sensing knowledge for participants interested in this course.

The course welcomes participants from all geographic areas. However, the class size is limited to 30 persons. ADPC accepts applications on a first come, first served basis, provided the applicant meets the necessary course requirements.


Interested individuals and organizations may register online at

The payment deadline for this course is on September 5, 2020.


The standard course fee of USD2,400 covers course tuition, registration fee, training materials, study visit, and training kit.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements, accommodation, airport transfers, visa application, all meals, health and accident insurance, and other personal expenses.


If you are selected to attend the course, the payment should be transferred to ADPC's account through a bank transfer at least one month before course commence. Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Please note that personal checks are not accepted as a form of payment.


If you are unable to attend, a substitute applicant is welcome to attend in your place, provided the participation criteria described above have been met.

Cancellation of attendance should be notified at least three weeks prior to course commencement; in which case, 15 percent of the course fee will be deducted for banking charges and administrative costs. No refunds are available for cancellation within three weeks prior to course commencement.

It is also important to note that the course has a requirement for a minimum number of participants. If an insufficient number of applications have been received by September 11, 2020, ADPC reserves the right to cancel the course for the current year. Candidates who have already been accepted will be informed as soon as the decision is taken, and offered a place in the following year if desired.