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GIS and Remote Sensing


Use of GIS and Remote Sensing in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
09.03.2015 - 13.03.2015
Sportsview Hotel Kasarani - Nairobi
GIS and Remote Sensing



This training will offer a set of methods and techniques that use GIS and Remote Sensing for analysis and monitoring of climate change, with applications in climate change impacts and adaptation. Participants’ will also acquire a better understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation measures for freshwater resources, and time series analysis.The course is targeted at the categories of professional mentioned above who require knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in their organizations on Climate Change Impact Analysis and Adaptation.


The training is tailored for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation practitioners, development workers, including officials of national and provincial governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector.


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. It is an advantage, but not a prerequisite, that the participants have prior knowledge in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The class size is limited to 10 participants to ensure that each participants has the opportunity to interact with the facilitator, GIS system and a GPS unit. The training may be cancelled if there are less than five participants.


5 Days


On completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the spatial data requirements in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
  • Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
  • Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
  • Use participatory GIS (PGIS) at community level
  • Use Mobile data gathering techniques
  • Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data, and GPS-based field information
  • Have a better understanding of the links of both natural and anthropogenically induced climate change, its impacts, and adaptation and mitigation response options concerning water-related issues
  • Acquire advanced knowledge necessary to inform policy makers and stakeholders about the implications for water resources not only of climate change and climate change response options but also of various climate change scenarios and climate change response options, including associated synergies and tradeoffs.
  • Use collaborative mapping tools such as Google Maps and Ushahidi to  increase collaboration and information sharing.


  • Understanding of key concepts used in climate change and variation studies
  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Map projections and coordinates systems
  • Geo-referencing: Referencing data to real locations
  • Digitisation: updating vector data from secondary sources
  • Geovisualisation
  • Vector Analysis
  • Raster Analysis
  • GPS-based field information and participatory GIS tools
  • Mobile Data Gathering for field assessments/Surveys
  • Collaborative mapping (Google Maps, Earth and Ushahidi)
  • Map making with QGIS
  • Introduction to digital image analysis
  • Image/photo Interpretation: Extraction of features
  • Visual Interpretation of images -Software options
  • Introduction to image classification
  • Land cover/land change mapping
  • NDVI generation
  • Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Processes
  • Observed Climate Change and Impacts
  • Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty
    • Introduction and background
    • Climate models both present and future and the different scenarios
    • Sources of uncertainty and variation
  • Selecting Appropriate Future Climate Predictions using GIS and RS
    • Viewing climate points and surfaces
    • Interpolation of rainfall/temperature points
    • Viewing future climatic model surfaces
    • Processing variations in climate models
  • Global and Regional Challenges
  • Mitigation and Adaptation Practices and Resilience (Urban Areas, Rural Areas)
  • Adaptation in Practice ( International Context, National Context)
  • Community Engagement Practices
  • Costs and Benefits Analysis
  • Economic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation using GIS and RS based model
    • DPSIR concept model
    • Change versus Impact
    • Change in rainfall and temperature
    • Direct and indirect effects to the environment and economic activities
    • National, regional and local scale
  • Global and National Policies on Financing Adaptation Strategies


The training is not aimed at any specific GIS and Remote Sensing software products, but will provide a practical, hands-on GIS problem solving, by making use of Free Open Source and commercial GIS Software such as ArcGIS, Quantum GIS, ILWIS,PCRaster, Google Earth, Google MapMaker and Open Data Kit (ODK). The training will be conducted in both plenary and group session with participants taking hands-on activities.

The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials, group work and study visits.

Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.


All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


5 Days


Training Fees


KES. 57,375

E. African

USD. 810


USD. 990


To apply for this course kindly register online in our website before C.O.B 23rd February 2015. For more details contact: The Training Officer - Training Department Indepth Research Services 


Mob:+254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 38 14


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B 2nd March 2015 Otherwise, your participation will be cancelled. Kindly send proof of payment to


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.


Mob:+254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 38 14


Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

  1. Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.
  2. No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.     


This scheduled course can also be tailored for your organisation. To find out how our tailor-made training can help your organisation, call our team on

Mob:+254 715 077 817

Tel: 020 211 38 14

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.


Sportsview Hotel Kasarani


Situated 12 km north of Nairobi, the "city in the sun", Sportsview hotel has the unique blend of the tranquility of a Country Inn and all the modern amenities of an International City Hotel. Set out in flowery well-manicured spacious gardens, it is an especially enticing venue for business firms and professional organizations who wish to host seminars, workshops, conferences or tour groups seeking to itinerate accommodation with a different but tranquil atmosphere.
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