11 Jul 2016 00:00
20 Jul 2016 00:00


Centro Internacional de Hidroinformática (CIH)


Foz de Iguazú, Brazil

Date Range

Monday, July 11, 2016 to Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The 10 day course Managing Water Resources for Arid and Semiarid Regions of Latin America and the Caribbean was coordinated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization International Hydrological Program (UNESCO-IHP) in collaboration with ARSET and other organizations. Learn more about the training program »

Remote sensing applications are available for every aspect of the water cycle, including rainfall, flood monitoring, vegetation, evapotranspiration, groundwater, and soil moisture. Remote sensing techniques show great potential for monitoring hydrological extremes, such as floods and droughts, monitoring water quality, and supporting hydrological models. There is also a need for improved frameworks to assimilate or integrate remote sensing data into hydrological modeling systems. New data sources, such as satellite remote sensing, wireless sensors, acoustic Doppler profilers, and radar are triggering the need for continued training.  (Content adapted from the MWAR-LAC training site.) 

Course Objective

  • Capacity building of early-career professionals on the application of remote sensing applications for improved water resources management.
  • Training on the available open source software options (QGIS and Python) for remote sensing applications.
  • Dissemination of web-based tools and methods for using remote sensing data products in data-poor regions of Latin America and the Caribbean.


The ARSET training uses open source (free) software to display and analyze remote sensing data. Please download and install QGIS, Panoply, Google Earth, and Sentinel Tool Box to your computer prior to the training on July 13th 2016.