Register for UNOOSA MOOC: Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management


The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (Affiliated to the United Nations) are launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management”. This MOOC is a free and flexible online training programme available to everyone who wants to enhance their capabilities related to the use of geospatial and Earth observation technologies in disaster risk management.

During the challenging times of the COVID-19 outbreak, MOOCs are an effective way of reaching a large number of participants to share knowledge. The proposed MOOC aims to strengthen efforts of disaster management professionals to contribute to achieving the targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement stemming from the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Registration for the MOOC will open on 13 October, the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.

The MOOC is structured into two tracks consisting of several modules:

Tracks Track-1 (Basic) Track-2 (Advanced)
Who can attend Professionals interested in enhancing awareness of the latest trends in disaster risk management and how geospatial and Earth observation technologies contribute to it. Professionals interested in sharpening skills in the use of geospatial and Earth observation technologies in all phases of disaster management. Track 1 is a prerequisite for participating in Track 2.
Track-1 to Track-2
Candidates completing
Track- can either leave the
training programme or
continue with Track-2.
Track-2 can only be undertaken if Track-1 is completed
Track overview
Module 1: Overview of disaster risk management (DRM) and the relevance of geospatial technologies
Module 2: Earth observation and disaster management
Module 3: Earth Observation and geospatial intelligence for disaster management
Module 4: EO system and Hydro-meteorological disasters
Module 5: EO system and geological disasters
Module 6: EO system and environmental disasters
Certification Candidates completing Track 1 will receive a certificate for completing the Basic Module Candidates completing the basic and advanced module will receive a certificate for the entire MOOC
Assessment Each module ends with a self-assessment. The completion of the self-assessment allows participants to access other modules.
Language All lectures and training materials will be in the English language.
Duration (including videos, assignments and quizzes) Track 1 and Track 2 training modules are of 12 hours duration each. With a flexible schedule, the MOOC can be completed anytime during the duration the course remains open. Registration opens 13 October 2020.
Course fee Free

Participants in the MOOC will:

  • Access to experts from institutions and practitioners around the world
  • Networking with a global network of experts and policymakers
  • Insight into international frameworks related to disaster management, sustainable development and climate change from organizations such as the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), and mechanisms like the International Charter ”Space and Major Disasters”
  • Unleash the potential of open datasets and tools needed for disaster risk management
  • Access to the methodologies for effective utilization of space-based and other geospatial information for disaster risk reduction and emergency response

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Course Coordinator and contact point: Mr. C.M.Bhatt, Centre for Space Science and

Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), Affiliated to the United

Nations (

Target Audience:

Government officials and professionals, educators, university students and other stakeholders working in the field of disaster management.

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