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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.

March 16, 23, 30, and April 6, 2016. Offered at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. EDT (UTC-4) each day.
Where: Webinar (online)
How to Register: Attendees must register and gain approval by March 7 by visiting

Intended Audience:
This webinar is aimed at public and private entities - both national and international - involved in disaster and water resource management, decision support activities, and humanitarian and relief activities.

In order to gain the most instruction from this advanced training, we suggest you become familiar with the terminology, satellites and data sets that are used in flood management.

To do so, please view the recordings from Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 from the previous webinar NASA Remote Sensing Observations for Flood Management prior to the first session on March 16.

If you are interested in receiving a certificate of completion for this training, please submit the first homework that covers these remote sensing and flood related concepts by March 15.

Session 1 (March 16): Demonstrations of Flood Mapping Web Tools based on NASA Remote Sensing Observations of Rainfall, Global Flood Monitoring System (GFMS), Extreme Rainfall Detection System (ERDS), SERVIR
Session 2 (March 23): Demonstration of Flood Mapping Web Tools Based on NASA Remote Sensing Observations of Land Cover, Near Real-Time MODIS Inundation, The Flood Observatory
Session 3 (March 30): Overview and Access to Ancillary NASA Data for Flood Management, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data information (Guest Speaker: Sang-Ho Yun), Access to Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) terrain data, Access to the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) data
Session 4 (April 6): Flooding Case Studies Using NASA Web Tools and GIS; Case Studies will include: Texas Flood (May 2015), Bolivia Flood (February 2015), Malawi Flood (January 2015), India Flood (November-December 2015)