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Leveraging GIS for disaster risk reduction (DRR)

The greatest impact of GIS used by DHS, FEMA, and local agencies often happens in preplanning before a disaster.

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Do you want to use GIS to proactively save lives? Every country and government agency is responsible for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). It is an inherently spatial problem with hazards and vulnerabilities with critical time and location attributes. Changes in land-use, climate and the built environment can generate somewhat predictable changes in hazard magnitude, intensity or frequency. Dynamic environment factors can have impacts on existing or proposed vulnerabilities such as residential, emergency services, and utilities. Many large scale mapping programs have relied on heavy and expensive GIS systems but lighter open source tools are becoming popular especially in developing countries. This course will describe all of these aspects and provide the students a foundation in geospatial disaster risk reduction. Students will also apply tools used in industry to analyze these risks within a well designed DRR project.


Portfolio skills:

  • Emergency management
  • GIS data foraging
  • Mapping hazards
  • Vulnerability inventory
  • Spatial modeling of risks
  • Designing a DRR program

Course Format:

24 hours of online instructional time. All software included in our development sandbox.

  • Option 1: Knowledge builder self paced video COMING SOON
  • Option 2: Professional builder video and instructor led interactions. Eligible to earn Enterprise GIS Certificate

Agenda:

Lesson 1: Can GIS reduce disaster risk?

Lesson 2: Define project scope and objectives

Lesson 3: Get active in community building

Lesson 4: Complete a hazard profile

Lesson 5: Delineate hazard areas

Lesson 6: Compile assets

Lesson 7: Analyze geospatial risk with ArcGIS Online

Lesson 8: Setup a communication plan to share results

Lesson 9: Evolve your analysis

Your Instructor


Nate Smith
Nate Smith

Since 1992 Nate has worked at the confluence of geospatial information and disaster management in both the domestic and international domains. He has been a pioneer in this discipline though his work at USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, FEMA's GIS Solutions Branch, and the DHS Geospatial Management Office. He draws on his field experience as an emergency first responder and international humanitarian. Nate has taught this course at a number of universities.


Frequently Asked Questions


When can you Start and Finish?
Knowledge builder classes are asynchronous and can be started anytime. Professional builder classes are offered in a monthly window where instructor offers interaction time and project advisement. During this window, you may start and finish the course as quickly as you like. Projects are due by the final day, where the instructor reviews your class project to determine credit.
What kind of certificate is offered?
If you take our professional builder synchronous courses, our instructors sign off on all project completions. When you complete any 6 courses, you will receive an Enterprise GIS Professional Certificate.
Will I have access to my instructor?
You can purchase the video-only course or upgrade option to access elite practitioner educators for personal assistance.
Do the classes have to be taken in any special order?
Professional builder courses are taken on a rolling basis as your interest and schedule allows.
Will I be able to access a development environment?
All courses come complete with cloud and development environments. Some courses require a special Enterprise Student licensing which is offered here at a cost of $100/year.

Pricing

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BGIS 613a

Professional Builder

$949

Earn Certificate

  • Professional network access
  • Development sandbox
  • GeoExpert webinars

Plus these exclusive features:

  • Enterprise Certificate Course
  • Live instructor interaction
  • Multimedia portfolio creation
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Invite to LinkedIn group
  • Connections to our partners
  • Match with a recruiter

BGIS 613b

Credit Builder

$1149

Earn CEUs

  • Professional network access
  • Development sandbox
  • GeoExpert webinars

Plus these exclusive features:

  • Enterprise Certificate Course
  • Live instructor interaction
  • Multimedia portfolio creation
  • One-on-one coaching
  • Invite to LinkedIn group
  • Connections to our partners
  • Match with a recruiter

Plus CEU credits

  • 2.4 continuing-ed units
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