The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Advanced Webinar: Radar Remote Sensing for Land, Water, & Disaster Applications

A limitation of optical satellite remote sensing is that it depends on cloudless, well-illuminated areas to produce quality data. This is especially problematic for collecting data during nighttime or when there is cloud cover. Radar is an ideal sensor to study the surface of the Earth because of its ability to “see” through clouds regardless of day or night conditions. In addition, the radar signal can penetrate through the vegetation canopy and provide information about conditions underneath, such as flooding. Techniques such as interferometry can track surface deformation on the order centimeters, such as ground movement caused by earthquakes.

This webinar series builds on ARSET's previous webinar: Introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar. The training will focus on different radar approaches and techniques including amplitude, time-series, polarimetry, and interferometry for mapping and monitoring disasters and land cover. Attendees will apply these techniques to map land cover and land use change, deforestation, flooding, crop monitoring, and surface deformation for earthquake monitoring.
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Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

These webinars are available for viewing at any time. They provide basic information about the fundamentals of remote sensing, and are often a prerequisite for other ARSET trainings.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will become familiar with satellite orbits, types, resolutions, sensors and processing levels. In addition to a conceptual understanding of remote sensing, attendees will also be able to articulate its advantages and disadvantages. Participants will also have a basic understanding of NASA satellites, sensors, data, tools, portals and applications to environmental monitoring and management. Read More...

NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management

Remote sensing data can help professionals manage and monitor extreme weather conditions. In this training, participants will learn how to access and analyze available NASA data relevant to flood management. This includes data on precipitation, soil moisture, inundation mapping, and elevation modeling. Participants will learn to apply data for assessing flood risk, monitoring conditions, and planning relief. Each session will include a presentation followed by an opportunity to use the data and tools covered in the presentation.
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Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET) Disaster Preparedness Training

Up-to-date and accessible information is essential to providing an effective, coordinated response to disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, and tropical storms. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) provides near real-time data, alerts, and impact assessments that can be accessed online. ARSET is offering a webinar on the GDACS system this February. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations in the public and private sectors involved in disaster management. In this two-hour webinar, participants will learn how they can use GDACS to monitor real-time disasters, assess the impacts of an event, and develop response strategies for both national and international events. Read More...

Applications of Remote Sensing to Soil Moisture and Evapotranspiration

ARSET is offering its first webinar series focused exclusively on soil moisture and evapotranspiration. The training is targeted at local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations interested in using satellite imagery for decision and policy-making activities.

Previous ARSET trainings focused on water resources have mainly addressed remote sensing measurements of precipitation and their applications. But precipitation is only one component of the water cycle. NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite Mission is now providing new soil moisture data, and modeling frameworks are providing new evapotranspiration data. This webinar series will help attendees learn about NASA soil moisture and evapotranspiration products and how to access and apply them for water resource management. Over the course of five weeks, attendees will learn how to monitor and manage water resources with techniques learned in training. The series will begin with an introduction to satellite missions and useful data sets. Next, trainers will demonstrate online portals for accessing data. The series will conclude with specific examples of how you can apply the data and modeled data products. Read More...

NASA ARSET Training - Advanced Webinar on Remote Sensing for Flood Management

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program invites you to attend online training through its Advanced Webinar on Using NASA Remote Sensing for Flood Monitoring and Management. The free course is offered through four 1-hour sessions, each Wednesday from March 16 - April 6, 2016. Each session will be held two times a day to allow for international participation from different times zones.

This webinar will provide demonstrations and hands-on experience in using NASA remote sensing observations and flood mapping tools useful for flood management. Participants will learn to access rainfall, streamflow, and surface inundation extent data for regional flood cases. In addition, participants will learn to access digital elevation and terrain data, as well as socioeconomic data, to facilitate flood risk assessment and post-flood relief planning using a GIS framework. Attendees will learn how to use NASA remote sensing data for flood management from planning pre-flood monitoring to post-flood relief activities. Read More...