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Climate Variability, Hydrology, and Flooding

2nd GEO-CIEHLYCWater Cycle Capacity Building Workshop
Cartagena, Colombia
Date Range: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 to Friday, May 22, 2015

This course provided presentations on NASA remote sensing missions and models that provide quantities relevant for monitoring climate and flooding, such as temperature, precipitation, soil moisture, land-cover and terrain. The training will include background information and web-based hands-on activities around: 

  1. Access, analysis and visualization of the remote sensing and modeling data for monitoring climate variability and hydrological parameters
  2. Use of flood mapping tools and short-term flood forecasting based on NASA and NOAA forecast models together with socioeconomic and infrastructure data
  3. Assessing the seasonal climate outlook over South America
Course Format: 
  • A four day, in-person workshop
  • Part of the 2nd GEO-CIEHLYC Water Cycle Capacity-Building Workshop

No previous remote sensing is required

Session One: Climate and Remote Sensing Background

Introduction and Course Outline


Overview of the Climate System, Climate Variability and Change Over South America

Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

Overview of NASA Remote Sensing Missions and Earth System Models, and Data Access Tools Relevant for Monitoring Climate Variability and Flooding

Giovanni: NASA Data Access and Analysis Tool

Session Two: Remote Sensing of Hydrological Parameters

Review of Day 1, Overview of NASA Hydrological Data, Part I

Analysis of Multi-year Precipitation From TRMM

Overview of NASA Hydrological Data, Part II

Importing Remote Sensing Data into GIS

Session Three: Monitoring Inter-Annual Climate Variability and Impacts on Hydrology

Monitoring Inter-Annual Climate Variability

Monitoring ENSO and Future Seasonal Climate

Climatological and El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) Information for South America

ENSO Impact on Regional Hydrological Variability

Session Four: NASA Remote Sensing Data & MODIS-based Tools for Flood Mapping

Review of Day 2, Introduction to Day 3, Review of Remote Sensing Missions & Models for Flood Monitoring, Socioeconomic Data for Flood Management (SEDAC)

MODIS-based Inundation Mapping and GIS Applications

Dartmouth Flood Observatory

Inundation Mapping Over Brazil

Session Five: TRMM-based Flood Monitoring Tools

NASA Earth Science Data for Flood Monitoring Using Hydrologic Modeling: Near Real-Time Precipitation and Terrain

TRMM-based Flood Monitoring Tools

Extreme Rainfall Monitoring and Flood Management

Case Study: Streamflow Monitoring for Flood Cases

Session Six: Climate & Flooding

Training Summary and Survey, Review of Day 3, a Case Study. Climate Variability, Rainfall and Flooding.

Training Summary

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