Remote Sensing of Soil Parameters for Erosion and Fertility Studies
Refresher Course Kenya
Developments in earth observation and GIS dynamic modelling are rapid, thus life long learning is essential in keeping up with these developments. The course will provide participants with the state of the art in these fields and hence will bring the participants to a higher training level revitalizing the skills learned during the original NFP study programme. The course intends to combine state-of-the-art earth observation to derive surface parameters, use newly developed change detection methods and remote sensing to assess land-use/land-cover changes and combine these high spatial data sets with erosion physical models in a GIS environment. Hence the course prolongs the effect of the original training as it intends to combine knowledge on remote sensing and change detection with GIS models.
Insights into land degradation and soil erosion are dramatically changing over the past years and have been prominently placed in the context of discussions on climate change. These new insights will also be discussed in the course. Finally we feel that on-site training offers opportunities to include fieldwork not easily achieved in the Netherlands. This will also help in increasing the technical know-how of the people on the ground and enable them to convince the policy makers of the importance of the ever increasingly important remote sensing technology and GIS tools.
Participants to this refresher course are employed by universities and training centres, local administrations, non-governmental organizations, development agencies, UN organizations engaged in assisting local communities whose lives depend directly on water and land resources.
What will be achieved?
The course centres on the state of the art and recent developments the field of advanced remote sensing, change detection, GIS dynamic modelling to aid in environmental remote and soil engineering practices directed towards sustainable use of environment and natural resources. It combines the latest specialist knowledge in earth science fields with the latest insights in the fields of geo-information management and earth observation methods.
Upon completion of the refresher course, participants will be able to:
• create an expert body of earth scientists capable of independently finding and using earth observation methodologies to address issues of management and monitoring of earth processes specifically aimed at characterization of soils for engineering
• communicate the current state of the art in earth observation (hyperspectral, lidar), soil engineering
• communicate the state of the art in change detection and monitoring strategies,
• communicate the latest developments in dynamic modelling of land degradation and erosion
• develop a conceptual framework for understanding the potential new sources of information from earth observation techniques and their applicability in Earth sciences
• bring together scientists and practitioners in need of a solution to combat land degradation and loss of soil fertility.
|Event starts:||Monday 31 October 2011|
|Event ends:||Friday 11 November 2011|
|Venue:||International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)|
|City where event takes place:||Nairobi|
|Country where event takes place:||Kenya|