Remote Sensing for Humanitarian Programs Workshop

Harvard University 


Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI)

Mon, Jun 24 - Sun, Jun 30 2019

This training course provides humanitarian professionals the basic skills and knowledge required to use remote sensing technologies, such as satellites and drone imagery as well as GIS fundamentals, as part of humanitarian operations. 

At the end of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Understand how satellites and drones are used in humanitarian response.
  • Apply geospatial data to specific humanitarian activities. 
  • Develop geospatial collection and analysis plans for emergencies.
  • Explore the ethical and regulatory issues related to these technologies.
Remote Sensing Workshop

The Remote Sensing Workshop for Humanitarian Response is a five-day training conducted by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. The goal of the course is to equip participants with the necessary expertise to manage, design, and utilize remote sensing programs during both natural disasters and conflict-related emergencies. The course faculty is experienced in remote sensing for humanitarian response, and has extensive expertise in analyzing data from both satellites and from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in real-world-situations.

UAV Workshop

The UAV Workshop for Humanitarian Response is a two-day, hands-on seminar conducted by the Signal Program on Human Security and Technology with substantial help from the University of Vermont's Office of Emergency Management. This seminar features a full day of field instruction where participants will launch, pilot, and land UAVs, and the second day feature in-classroom lectures, case studies, and live exercises of working with data collected from the UAV.

Both courses can be taken together at a discounted rate, or entirely separately. The Remote Sensing course does cover some in-classroom UAV training; the two-day seminar offers field experience and working with collected data.


The intended audience for this workshop is NGO and UN workers, national and local government, and other actors involved in humanitarian response and operations. To successfully participate in the course, we recommend that participants have at least a B2 English language level (CEFR).

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA