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Training on remote sensing and field-based glacier monitoring


Islamabad Hotel, Islamabad, Pakistan

Date & Time

16 November 2019 to 20 November 2019


ICIMOD invites faculty members, graduate students, and early-career scientists from research institutes and universities in Pakistan to apply for a five-day training on field-based glacier monitoring and remote sensing in Pakistan. The training will involve theoretical lectures and hands-on exercises, covering introductions to field-based monitoring methods, instruments required for field work, their application for glacier monitoring, and integration with remote-sensing data.

Training sessions on remote sensing will include remote-sensing methods for mapping and monitoring glacier changes, including area, surface elevation changes, and mass balance. The training is targeted at participants from universities (faculty members and students) and research institutes in Pakistan. The training will introduce freely available remote-sensing data (e.g. Sentinel, ASTER, Landsat series, SRTM, ICESat) used for studying various components of the cryosphere.

The training is being conducted under ICIMOD’s Cryosphere Initiative, funded by the Government of Norway and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Training content

  • Introduction to glaciers
  • Introduction to remote sensing: Remote-sensing datasets, sensors, and resolution
  • Remote-sensing data applications: Remote-sensing image interpretation, methods with hands-on practice (RS and GIS)
  • Glacier mass balance measurement: Methods, available elevation datasets, acquisition, and processing
  • Field-based glacier monitoring: GPS, field-based ablation measurement, and integration with remote-sensing data
  • Media perspective of glaciers and climate change: Reporting, writing op-eds, identifying fake news through group activity
  • Group activity: 4–5 working groups – design research projects

*Due to overwhelming response we are no longer accepting application for this training. Thank you!!!

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