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Disaster resilience

Become a high-skilled geospatial professional

There is an urgent need to integrate hazard assessment and disaster risk management into strategic planning and sustainable development. Our exposure and vulnerability to extreme events - including both natural and human-induced hazards - continue to increase. Worldwide the impact of disasters is rapidly growing. However, many countries and development agencies so far do not consider hazard and disaster risk in development planning, and lack sufficient strategies to plan, assess, prevent or mitigate the effects of extreme events.

Major projects

Major projects

The Caribbean region is often hit by natural disasters, causing  massive damage and economic loss. In order to better prepare local government agencies a program was developed to build capacity in Ministries for spatial planning and infrastructure

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17 young scientists from all over the world were brought together under the CHANGES project to do research on a wide range of aspects of multi-hazard risk assessment, and at the same time building a healthy and open research attitude with an eye for societal relevance.

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Integrated Flood Management in Kampala

Flash floods are a serious and recurring problem in Kampala. Though these floods do not generally have a very long duration they do cause major disruptions and they entail high economic and social costs, especially for people living in the relatively low-lying valleys and wetlands.

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When a disaster has struck and buildings have collapsed, such as after the Hurricane Irma in Sint Maarten, search and rescue teams only have little time to look for survivors. Where UAV or robot technology is available the time needed to find survivors can be reduced significantly.

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Promoting disaster preparedness and resilience by co-developing takeholder support tools for managing the systemic risk of compounding disasters.

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At ITC, we focus on fundamental and problem-solving research where spatial information can make a real difference. Our scientific staff en PhD candidates in the field of disaster risk management research topics such as disaster risk reduction, damage mapping using UAV’s and post-disaster recovery assessment.


ITC is known to be one of the top institutes worldwide in the field of Geo-information science and earth observation. At ITC, we train students to engineer approaches for designing future-oriented solutions to the world's biggest challenges. We encourage our students to participate in public-private partnership projects initiated by ITC and other organizations.

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  • Geo-information Science and Earth Observation

    Are you interested in a career in GIS/spatial data science and becoming a geospatial professional?
    8 SpecialisationsMaster of Science2 yearsFull-time100% English4 Joint programmes

    Applied Remote Sensing for Earth Sciences

    In this specialisation, you will Iearn how use remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) to map supplies of critical raw materials and geothermal resources.
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    Geo-Information Management for Land Administration

    How can you develop responsible land administration systems? In this specialisation, you will develop cadastral maps, land registries, and other land records to help people secure their land tenure.
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    How can you process massive geospatial data into actionable insights? This specialisation teaches you to construct algorithmic solutions and other AI methods to address real-life geospatial problems.
    MSc3 Joint programmes

    Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

    Learn how to use geo-information to predict, monitor, and quantify hazards and their magnitude in a specific geographic area and time and to design geospatial risk reduction approaches.
    MSc2 Joint programmes

    Natural Resources Management

    Learn to utilize geo-spatial data for sustainable agriculture, environement and forests.
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    Urban Planning and Management

    How to transform cities into healthier, more sustainable, and inclusive places where people and nature can thrive? Learn to understand complex urban processes and develop sustainable strategies.
    MSc2 Joint programmes

    Water Resources and Environmental Management

    Learn to apply geo-information and Earth observation techniques to tackle global water-related challenges such as flooding, water scarcity, water pollution, and food safety.
    MSc2 Joint programmes