Training

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET)

 https://arset.gsfc.nasa.gov/disasters

The ARSET program offers satellite remote sensing training that builds the skills to integrate NASA Earth Science data into an agency’s decision-making activities. Trainings are offered in air quality, climate, disaster, health, land, water resources, and wildfire management. Through online and in person training, ARSET has reached over 13,000 participants from 160 countries and more than 3,600 organizations worldwide. 

Through ARSET trainings, you can learn how to: 

  • use NASA data for environmental management
  • search and access NASA resources relevant to your needs
  • visualize, interpret, and apply remote sensing data and imagery

If you or your organization is interested in suggesting a training topic or hosting a training, please contact us.

If you would like information on upcoming workshops and project activities please sign up for the ARSET listserv.

 

Upcoming Training Sessions

Advanced Webinar: Techniques for Wildfire Detection and Monitoring

Training Description: Certain areas are experiencing longer fire seasons, with more frequent and severe droughts. Wildfire detection, monitoring, and mitigation is increasingly important in these regions. Satellite remote sensing data is useful for identifying active fires, evaluating burned areas, and assessing fire emissions. This advanced training will highlight tools useful for local fire managers. Presentations and exercises will introduce participants to tools to identify active fires, visualize fire emissions, and calculate burn severity.

Course Date and Time: Thursdays, July 12 and July 19, 2018. There are 2 identical sessions provided twice per day to accommodate an international audience. 10:00-12:00 and 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4)

Learning Objectives: By the end of the training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify active fires, visualize fire emissions, and calculate burn severity
  • Use the QGIS FMT to enter fire information and order imagery

Intended Audience: This training is primarily intended for local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations  involved in wildfire management.

Registration: This webinar is free and open but you must register. Please only register for one of the daily sessions: 

Course Agenda: Agenda.pdf

 

Monitoring Urban Floods Using Remote Sensing

Dates:  Wednesday, July 25, 2018 to Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Times:  09:00 – 11:00 and 18:00 – 20:00 EDT (UTC-4)

Registration Closes: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

According to the UNDP, by 2050 two thirds of the world’s population is likely to live in cities. Urban flooding is already a major risk for cities. Increasing impervious surface area, inadequate storm water drainage, and aging infrastructure all contribute. As a result, growing urban populations will face a greater risk of flooding from extreme weather events. This webinar series will focus on the components of urban flooding that satellite data can track:

  • extreme precipitation
  • flooding
  • waterlogged and ponded surfaces

Using satellite data allows individuals and organizations to develop better plans for handling floods. This can include developing better early warning techniques, better plans for rescue and relief, and more effective long-term infrastructure planning.

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Remote Sensing, Session 1, or equivalent knowledge

Learning Objectives: By the end of the training, attendees will be able to: 

  • Describe remote sensing and Earth system model data useful for flood monitoring in urban areas
  • Identify how remote sensing can aid in planning early warning systems, flood response, and flood recovery efforts

Registration Information: There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to attend the sessions. Please only sign up for either session A or B, not both. 

Course Agenda: Agenda.pdf

 

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

Dates: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 to Thursday, August 16, 2018

Times: 10:00-12:00 and 18:00-20:00 EDT (UTC-4)

Registration Closes: Monday, August 6, 2018

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.

Prerequisites: 

Registration Information:  There is no cost for the webinar, but you must register to attend the sessions. One session of this training will be held in Spanish and one in English. Because we anticipate a high demand for this training, please only sign up for one session

Course Agenda: Agenda.pdf

 

Past Training Sessions

Monitoring Tropical Storms for Emergency Preparedness

Tropical storms have major impacts, including loss of life and destruction of property. In 2017 alone, the United States experienced three tropical storms with more than $1 billion in losses. Open source satellite data can be used before, during, and after a storm for monitoring and response. A storm’s intensity, path, wind, precipitation, storm surge, and flooding can be derived from historical and near real-time satellite observations. In this introductory webinar, participants will learn about the NASA data and tools they can use to monitor tropical storms.

Course Date and Time: Thursdays, May 3, 2018 and May 10, 2018. There are 2 identical sessions provided twice per day to accommodate an international audience.  09:00 – 11:00 and 18:00 – 20:00 EDT (UTC-4). 

Learning Objectives: By the end of the training, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify remote sensing data and tools relevant to tropical storms
  • Monitor conditions before, during, and after a storm using remote sensing data
  • Understand how remote sensing data can be used in decision-making activities

Intended Audience:  This training is primarily intended for individuals and organizations engaged in emergency management, such as relief organizations, transportation and utility providers, public health professionals, insurance providers.

Registration: This webinar is free and open but you must register. Please only register for one of the daily sessions: You can check your local time to select your session preference.

Learn more and register here.

 

FEMA Training

FEMA IS-100.B:  Introduction to Incident Command System

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).



FEMA IS-700.A:  National Incident Management System (NIMS) – “An Introduction”

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-700.a

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.  At the end of this course, students will be able to describe the intent of NIMS, describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS, describe the purpose of the NIMS Components including: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management, and describe the purpose of the National Integration Center.



FEMA IS-800:  National Response Framework – “An Introduction”

https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b

The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework.  At the end of this course, you will be able to describe the purpose of the National Response Framework, the response doctrine established by the National Response Framework, the roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework, the actions that support national response, the response organizations used for multiagency coordination, and how planning relates to national preparedness.  You can find more information about the National Response Framework at www.fema.gov/nrf.



FEMA IS-775:  EOC Management and Operations

http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-775

This course describes the role, design, and functions of Emergency Operations Centers and their relationships as components of a multi-agency coordination system. The course contains disaster-related examples, activities and case studies that relate to EOC's and multi-agency coordination systems at the local, state and federal levels of government.  At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Relate EOC operations to National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements.
  • Describe the role that EOCs play in overall multiagency coordination.
  • Describe the relationship between the EOC and the on-scene Incident Command System (ICS) structure.
  • Identify staffing, information, systems, and equipment needs at the EOC.
  • Determine whether participants’ EOC organizations are conducive to effective coordination.
  • Identify potential alternate locations suitable for EOC operations should the primary EOC facility become damaged or inoperable.
  • Create a test, training and exercise plan for critical EOC operations.
  • Develop a strategy and schedule for reviewing EOC resource requirements and technology needs.