Satellite Observations for Analyzing Natural Hazards on Small Island Nations


Small island nations are highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters; among them hurricanes, cyclones, and other violent storms. These disasters can lead to severe flooding, landslides, and, in the worst cases, can result in the loss of life and property. In addition, a rise in the global mean sea level places island nations at a higher risk for permanent submersion of land, coastal erosion, coastal ecosystem loss or change, salinization, and impeded drainage.

This three-part training series will focus on small island nations while introducing the data, methods, and tools useful for monitoring natural hazards. Case studies will be used to demonstrate methodologies applying satellite and model data and open access tools to analyze storm impacts, sea level rise, and landslides on small island nations.

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals: 

  • SDG 13: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
  • SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Course Dates: August 18, 24, 26, 2021

Times and Registration Information: 

English Session: 11:00-13:00 EDT (UTC-4):
Spanish Session: 15:00-17:00 EDT (UTC-4): 

Learning Objectives: After participating in this training, attendees should be able to:

  • Recognize the applications of passive and active remote sensing for flooding, landslides, and sea level rise
  • Perform an analysis pre- and post-storm event for a region of interest
  • Assess the landslide hazard for a region of interest prior to and during an event
  • Interpret satellite-derived products for characterizing sea level rise on a regional scale

 Audience: Local, regional, state, federal, and international organizations involved in pre, during, or post disaster assessment in small island nations.

Course Format: Three, 2 hour parts; Intermediate level. 




Satellite Observations for Analyzing Natural Hazards on Small Island Nations
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