Dominican Republic - Institutional Strengthening Mission

As a follow-up to the two preceding advisory support missions to the Dominican Republic, in 2010 and 2011, UN-SPIDER conducted an Institutional Strengthening Mission and organized a one-week training course to strengthen the remote sensing capacities of the inter-institutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management to derive flood-related information from satellite imagery. The training course was organized with the National Emergency Commission and three regional support offices: IGAC, CATHALAC and CONAE and took place from 13 to 17 May 2013.

Dominican Republic National Emergency Commission (CNE)

The training that was part of the Institutional Strengthening Mission included lectures and hands-on sessions which were provided by experts from CATHALAC, IGAC and UN-SPIDER. Topics included: introduction to remote sensing for disaster risk management and emergency response; acquisition of satellite data and useful data products for flooding; pre-processing and supervised and unsupervised classification of multispectral images; calculation of indices and change detection with multispectral images; introduction to radar data; use of digital elevation models for hydrologic modelling; use of thermal data for change detection; and introduction to the web portal.