An international training course on the application of satellite remote sensing to support water resources management in Africa will take place in January 2019 in South Africa.
The course is organised by UNESCO-IHP, in partnership with the University of the West of England (International Water Security Network and the Centre for Water, Communities and Resilience) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
This event follows previous remote sensing training courses held in July 2016 (click here for an overview of that event) and Nov/Dec 2017 that focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. However, the challenges of water management (floods, climate change and water scarcity and drought) in Africa are no less pressing.
Whilst some initiatives (for example, African Flood & Drought Monitor) have step-changed access to remotely sensed data and its application, there is much more work needed in relation to knowledge exchange around the use of remotely sensed data, its use in water resources management, and the training and capacity development to achieve this.
This course is aimed at professionals, water resources managers and staff from governmental agencies and institutes, disaster managers, policy makers, providers of space technology applications from governments, academia, research, NGO and corporate sector. The course is intended as a bridge between beginner and intermediate, and applicants should have some basic GIS skills and some experience in water resource management, but not necessarily extensive experience in hydrology. Prior experience of remote sensing would be desirable, but not essential.
More information, including a schedule for the week-long course, and details of how to apply, are available here.