Training on Earth Observation and Geospatial Technologies for Water Resources Management in Afghanistan

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Background

As part of its series of capacity building initiatives for professionals, the SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) initiative of ICIMOD, in partnership with the Faculty of Geosciences, Kabul University, is conducting a training on earth observation and geospatial technologies for water resource management in Afghanistan from 17–27 December 2017. SERVIR-HKH, a joint development initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), works with leading regional organizations worldwide to help developing countries use information provided by earth observation data and geospatial technologies for managing water, weather and climate risks, agriculture and food security, and land use.

The training offers hands-on experience for undergraduate students of Kabul University in analyzing and using earth observation data and geospatial technologies for water resource management in Afghanistan. The training will cover basic concepts of water resource management, and theoretical and practical understanding of remote sensing (RS) and geographic information system (GIS), including watershed and drainage delineations, generation of meteorological data, and hydrological modelling.

Objective

The training aims to build the capacities of final-year undergraduate students from four faculties—Agriculture, Engineering, Environment and Geoscience on the use of earth observation data and geospatial technology for managing water resources in Afghanistan.