Summer School Training on Remote Sensing and GIS for Hydrology and Water Resource Management and Development
Background of the Training: Environmental resources like water and others are the most common natural capitals found in Ethiopia that meet the basic needs and values of the society in the country. The growing economy and the unprecedented growth of both animal and human population requires better water management to keep up access to safe water services as well as to ensure the demand for energy and food production. However, currently water resource degradation both in terms of its quality and quantity is one of the pressing environmental challenges in Ethiopia. Water availability and water resource security may require the use of appropriate water conservation, management and development tools and practices. Among other, remote sensing and GIS technologies play crucial role to achieve this intended plan. More specifically, remote sensing and its associated image processing technology provide access to spatial and temporal information on watershed components at regional, continental and global scales. Moreover, remote sensing data are not only used for monitoring of hydrological variables, but also as the basis for parameter estimation of hydrological models. Besides, remote sensing can provide information on catchment characteristics ( land cover, land use, slope, and vegetation), from which the parameters of hydrological models can be derived, and it also allow the spatial estimation of hydrological model parameters, e.g. the maximum soil water storage capacity in a river basin. With the same token, GIS offers appropriate methods for efficient storage, retrieval, manipulation, analysis and display of large volumes of spatially referenced hydrological data.
Integrated based GIS and Remote sensing technologies advanced level training for water resource management and development is very crucial to realize human capital development in water resource management and development as well as to monitor, quantify, map and model different hydrological components such as precipitation, land use and catchment characteristics, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, surface water, soil erosion, water quality and groundwater just to mention a few in Ethiopia. Thus, the theoretical aspect of the proposed training will be mainly focused on fundamental principles of remote sensing and GIS application for water resource management and development. On the other hand, the practical section of the training sessions will provide hands-on experience regarding software based data processing, mapping and modelling with the possibility of using these techniques in areas of water resource management and development in Ethiopia.
Objectives: The aim of this summer school training is to create a unique opportunity for EORC’s PhD candidates, staff and other researchers who are working in different water sectors in the form of capacity building scheme to enhance the contribution of remote sensing and GIS for water resource management and development application in Ethiopia.
Benefits and Broader Impact of the Training: This training will increase and improve Ethiopian experts and researcher’s capability in the area of remote seining and GIS application for water resource management and development programme.
Training Organizer: The Department of Remote sensing at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute is the lead institute to organize this training.
Lead Trainer: Prof. Assefa Mellese from Florida International University, USA is the lead trainer of this summer school training.
Date: The summer school will be conducted from 17 to 30 July 2018