The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices in Iran (ISA) and Pakistan (SUPARCO) through Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology (ISNET) jointly held a two week Workshop on Space Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management during 7-19 September 2013 at Iranian Space Agency (ISA) in Tehran, Iran. The workshop was attended by 28 scientists and researchers from ISNET member states who work in matters related to applications of space technology for disaster risk reduction and management particularly on early warning, prevention, response and mitigation. The participants represented space agencies, disaster management authorities and other space-related organizations from Iran, Pakistan, Iraq, Bangladesh, Senegal, Libya, Malaysia and Sudan.
The workshop was aimed at imparting hands-on training on six major disaster hazards, namely: floods, earthquakes, landslides, cyclones, tsunamis and avalanches. The main objectives of the workshop included:
- To provide participants with a broad overview of space-based technologies for disaster risk reduction and management
- To provide specialized training in the processing, interpretation and applications of satellite remote sensing data for disaster risk reduction and management
- To impart hands-on training on floods, earthquakes, landslides, cyclones, tsunamis and avalanches using space-derived optical, SAR and microwave remote sensing data
- To impart knowledge on the use of advanced disaster risk reduction and management techniques and methodologies in handling space-derived data
- To develop familiarization with techniques used to integrate optical and SAR data for applications in different disaster hazard areas
- To enhance horizontal cooperation and collaboration among the participants through the development of synergy
The full report including the workshop's agenda is available for download here (34 KB).