Small island nations are highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters; among them hurricanes, cyclones, and other violent storms. These disasters can lead to severe flooding, landslides, and, in the worst cases, can result in the loss of life and property. In addition, a rise in the global mean sea level places island nations at a higher risk for permanent submersion of land, coastal erosion, coastal ecosystem loss or change, salinization, and impeded drainage.
This three-part training series will focus on small island nations while introducing the data, methods, and tools useful for monitoring natural hazards. Case studies will be used to demonstrate methodologies applying satellite and model data and open access tools to analyze storm impacts, sea level rise, and landslides on small island nations.
Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals:
SDG 13: Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries
SDG 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Course Dates: August 18, 24, 26, 2021
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