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GIS and Remote Sensing For Climate Change Impact Analysis and Adaptation Course


This training will offer a set of methods and techniques that use GIS and Remote Sensing for analysis and monitoring of climate change, with applications in climate change impacts and adaptation. Participants’ will also acquire a better understanding of climate change impacts, adaptation measures for freshwater resources, and time series analysis. The course is targeted at the categories of professional mentioned above who require knowledge and skills on the use of GIS and Remote Sensing in their organizations on Climate Change Impact Analysis and Adaptation.


Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Impact and Adaptation practitioners, development workers, including officials of national and local governments, extension officers, defense forces, emergency services staff, staff of training institutes, institutions of public administration, national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the private sector


5 days


On completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate the spatial data requirements in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
  • Assess spatial data availability and understand the importance of Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), for data sharing by organizations involved in Climate Change Analysis and Adaptation
  • Apply GIS and RS for designing implementations of large scale early warning systems
  • Use participatory GIS (PGIS) at community level
  • Use Mobile data gathering techniques
  • Design and implement their own GIS projects that integrate remote sensing data, and GPS-based field information
  • Have a better understanding of the links of both natural and anthropogenically induced climate change, its impacts, and adaptation and mitigation response options concerning water-related issues
  • Acquire advanced knowledge necessary to inform policy makers and stakeholders about the implications for water resources not only of climate change and climate change response options but also of various climate change scenarios and climate change response options, including associated synergies and tradeoffs.
  • Use collaborative mapping tools such as Google Maps and Ushahidi to increase collaboration and information sharing.


Module 1: Basic Principles and Concepts

  • Understanding of key concepts used in climate change and variation studies
  • Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Map projections and coordinates systems
  • Geo-referencing: Referencing data to real locations
  • Digitisation: updating vector data from secondary sources
  • Geovisualisation
  • Vector Analysis
  • Raster Analysis
  • GPS-based field information and participatory GIS tools
  • Mobile Data Gathering for field assessments/Surveys
  • Collaborative mapping (Google Maps, Earth and Ushahidi)
  • Map making with QGIS

Module 2: Climate Change Image Acquisition and Analysis

  • Introduction to digital image analysis
  • Image/photo Interpretation: Extraction of features
  • Visual Interpretation of images -Software options
  • Introduction to image classification
  • Land cover/land change mapping
  • NDVI generation
  • Weather, Climate and Atmospheric Processes
  • Observed Climate Change and Impacts

Module 3: Role of GIS in climate change variables.

  • Ice/Glacier Monitoring
  • Vegetation Change Monitoring
  • Carbon Trace/Accounting
  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Terrestrial Temperature Monitoring
  • Erosion Monitoring and Control
  • Ocean and Coastal Monitoring
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Drought and Desertification
  • Health and Disease
  • Flood Monitoring
  • Agriculture

Module 4: Climate Change Prediction and GIS

  • Climate Predictions and Major Sources of Uncertainty
    • Introduction and background
    • Climate models both present and future and the different scenarios
    • Sources of uncertainty and variation
  • Selecting Appropriate Future Climate Predictions using GIS and RSGlobal and Regional ChallengesMitigation and Adaptation Practices and Resilience (Urban Areas, Rural Areas)
    • Viewing climate points and surfaces
    • Interpolation of rainfall/temperature points
    • Viewing future climatic model surfaces
    • Processing variations in climate models

Module 5: Climate Change Adaptation and GIS

  • Adaptation in Practice ( International Context, National Context)
  • Community Engagement Practices
  • Costs and Benefits Analysis
  • Economic Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation using GIS and RS based model
    • DPSIR concept model
    • Change versus Impact
    • Change in rainfall and temperature
    • Direct and indirect effects to the environment and economic activities
    • National, regional and local scale
  • Global and National Policies on Financing Adaptation Strategies


Participants should be reasonably proficient in English. Applicants must live up to Indepth Research Services (IRES) admission criteria.


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprises of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Services (IRES) certificate.


The training is residential and will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments, lunch, and study visits.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation is arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

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Tel: 020 211 3814


This training can also be customized for your institution upon request to a minimum of 4 participants. You can have it delivered in our training centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817, +254 (020) 211 3814 or mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before C.O.B. 12th August 2019.


Payment for the all courses includes a registration fee, which is non-refundable, and equals 15% of the total sum of the course fee.

1.    Participants may cancel attendance 14 days or more prior to the training commencement date.

2.    No refunds will be made 14 days or less to the training commencement date. However, participants who are unable to attend may opt to attend a similar training at a later date, or send a substitute participant provided the participation criteria have been met.

Please Note: The program content shown here is for guidance purposes only. Our continuous course improvement process may lead to changes in topics and course structure.

Event Properties

Event Duration 5 Days
Event Date 19-08-2019
Event End Date 23-08-2019
Cut off date 12-08-2019
Individual Price(rwanda franc) R₣ 600,000
Individual Price (International) EUR 878
Individual Price(International in Dollars) USD 1,000
Location Kigali,Rwanda
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