Training Courses

AmeriGEO Week 2019

August 19 - 23, San Miguel, Lima, Peru
Registration Now Open

AmeriGEO Week 2019

August 19 - 23, San Miguel, Lima, Peru
Registration Now Open

AmeriGEO Week 2019

August 19 - 23, San Miguel, Lima, Peru
Registration Now Open

Please note that to participate in each of the courses, there is a fee of 245 Peruvian Soles, equivalent to US $70. That covers the cost of the participation in the course and the lunch. Also, please note that training course number 7 doesn’t have a fee, and will be held in a different location from the other courses.  


Title: Synthetic Aperture Radar for Vegetation Studies and Ecosystems Monitoring

Level:  Basic

Length: 3 days

Contact: Franz Meyer , Pedro Rodriguez Veiga, Peter Schlesinger


This training will get participants familiarized with some of the main benefits of Radar Remote Sensing (SAR) including its weather-independent mapping and change detection capabilities. You will learn about the suite of available and upcoming SAR sensors as well as their properties and main data products. We will discuss how to select the right sensor wavelength for your application as well as how to access SAR data sets through the most relevant data portals. You will be introduced to a selection of value-added product services that provide fully-geocoded and GIS-ready SAR data products to end-users.

In addition to these technical skills, the training course will provide critical knowledge and understanding in the use of radar (microwave) satellite image data sets for environmental studies and applications on terrestrial ecosystems. The training course will describe how we can acquire and process radar images to arrive at discipline-specific information. The method of instruction will comprise both lectures and computer practical working with real image data.

The Main Topics and Learning Objectives of this Training are:

  1. Understand the Basics of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing.

  2. Be introduced to the properties and applications of the Sentinel-1 and ALOS PALSAR sensors.

  3. Become familiar with the use of SAR for vegetation studies.

  4. Learn about the Sentinel Applications Platform (SNAP) as a tool for SAR data processing and analysis.

  5. Learn about the basics of Polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) and Interferometric SAR (InSAR).

  6. Working with SAR in computer practicals.

The instructors for the training are SAR experts, namely (i) Prof. Franz Meyer of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks / Chief Scientist of the Alaska Satellite Facility Distributed Active Archive Center, (ii) Dr. Pedro Rodriguez Veiga and Peter Schlesinger of the University of Leicester in the UK.

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Title: Services for Global Streamflow and Other Essential Water Variables in Support of National/Regional Water Priorities

Level: Principles of hydrology

Length: 3 days

Contact: Jim Nelson


Recent advances in earth observations and the cyberinfrastructure and modeling tools necessary to create actionable information and then visualize and access has made it possible to use global systems for decision-making at local scales. In this workshop we will demonstrate and train on the use of emerging GEOGLOWS hydroinformatic services and evaluate how they might be incorporated into your agencies operations. The primary focus will be on the global streamflow prediction service which uses the European Centre for Medium-Range Forecasts (ECMWF) ensemble forecasts to generate daily 15-day forecasts on every river in the world. This is accompanied by a 35-year historical simulation of flows from the ERA-Interim reanalysis data so that current forecasts are in context with extreme events, but also provide a surrogate for observational data where little or none exist. Participants will learn the origins and methods of this system along with the GEOGLOWS tools that have been created to access the forecasts and create custom applications through free and open access.

Beyond the global streamflow services, we will also go over some additional GEOGLOWS demonstration projects that are providing tools for groundwater data management and access to NOAA’s Global Forecasting System (GFS) products.

We are currently working with IDEAM in Colombia, SENAMHI in Peru, INDRHI in the Dominican Republic, and CEMADEN in Brazil to provide demonstrations and ideas for how these global tools can be adapted for a national/regional agencies particular uses. In addition to learning how the stream the and other tools modeled and are accessible, the workshop will provide an opportunity for demonstration and discussion amongst the participants of a wide variety of applications and uses that might be derived going forward that will result in a viable network for future collaborations.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Understand the origins of GEOGLOWS Global Streamflow Forecasts.

  2. Know the different forecast products and how they can be accessed.

  3. Become familiar with tools for model validation using in-situ measurements to determine model accuracy and forecast skill.

  4. Learn how local observations can be used to improve the forecasting model.

  5. Learn from national hydro-meteorological agencies how the global forecasts can be adapted to meet specific needs.

  6. Share ideas for specific uses and applications of the forecasts

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Title: Training on Applications of Remote Sensing in Aquatic Systems for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Monitoring

Level: Basic knowledge in GIS/Remote Sensing

Length: 8 hours

Contact: Nima Pahlevan ( and Claudio Barbosa(")


Water is an indispensable force for ecosystems, human health and well-being and a prerequisite for sustainable societies and economic prosperity. Therefore, water is particularly highlighted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development via a dedicated Goal 6, Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, and with inter-connections to many other Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Earth observation data have applications for monitoring changes in water-related ecosystems, including assessing the status and trends in water quality and supporting water resource management decisions and policies.

This workshop will provide a general overview of hydrologic optics, the spectral properties of water and its optically-active constituents, and bio-optical algorithms for retrieving water constituents. It will also include an overview of case studies of remote sensing applications to monitor inland aquatic ecosystems. In addition, the workshop will introduce a satellite-based decisions support platform that enables effective uses of satellite observations in water quality management, and for monitoring and reporting on SDG Indicator 6.6.1 (change in extent of water-related ecosystems, including ambient water quality). The end goal of this tool is to develop an integrated decision support system that will enable near-real-time detection of anomalous water quality conditions for effective and timely decision-making. The workshop will include references to ongoing work to demonstrate and validate this system for several sites across the Americas, while capturing end-user needs and supporting countries in developing national technical capacities to monitor changes in surface water quality and report on the relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) targets and indicators.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the basic concepts of:

  • Hydrologic optics;

  • Optically-Active Constituents of Inland Waters and its optical properties;

  • In-situ measurements of water optical properties: equipment and protocols;

  • Remote sensing applications in inland water: case studies in Brazil;

    • Sediment mapping;

    • Chlorophyll mapping;

    • Bio optical characterization of aquatic System;

  • Remote sensing of water quality.

  • Learn how to utilize STREAM for:

    • Visualizations;

    • Analyses;

    • Interpretations;

    • Satellite data download;

    • In situ data upload;

    • Monitoring and reporting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 6.3.2 (ambient water quality) /6.6.1 (water-related ecosystems).

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Title: Essential Biodiversity Variables Operationalization Using Case Studies Through the Experience and Results of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Level: Basic  

Length: 3 days 

Contact: Maria Cecilia Londono (

- Introduction to EBV and GEOBON. Tools for identification of EBV “Bottom up and Top down”. Practical exercise for identification of EBV at multiples scales. Building a Biodiversity Observation Network

- Operationalization of EBV: Species distribution: Workflows, best practices and principles, global initiatives and national needs, available tools (Practical exercise: BioModelos and Wallace)

- Operationalization of EBV: Ecosystem structure. Global available products and most common tools for ecosystem extent and fragmentation. New technologies and opportunities from the GEDI mission. Gaps in non forest ecosystems. Practical exercise with R package: Computing Essential Biodiversity Variables from Global Forest Change Data.

- Open discussion on communicating Biodiversity Indicators, National and Global Biodiversity Dashboards.

- Open discussion: SWOT for EBV development and enhancement in the Americas.

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Title: Transforming Data Into Knowledge for Decision-Making Using the AmeriGEOSS Community Platform

Summary:  This course will introduce the AmeriGEOSS Community Platform and provide hands-on applications in using a variety of data, applications, tools and services of the platform.  (Course Details Coming)

Level: Beginner to advanced
Length: 3 days
Contact:  Michelle Anthony, Rich Frazier & Eric Praag

By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Discover, access and use open data from countries in the Americas, Regional organizations and global providers.

  2. Use advanced tools, applications and services to build knowledge based products to support decision makers in their country.

Draft Training Plan 

Day 1 - Introduction

Day 2 - Tools to support decision making

DAY 3 - Complete Projects


Day 1 will introduce participants to the AmeriGEO Platform resources and training on how to use key resources in the Platform:


  1. Introduction to the AmeriGEOSS Platform

  2. How to find get and use data in the AmeriGEO Datahub

  3. Use Case Examples for the AmeriGEO Platform

  4. Students will develop Use Cases in the AmeriGEO Platform

  5. Introduction to ArcGIS Online


Day 2 will introduce participants to a variety of tools they can access and use through the AmeriGEO Platform. 


  1. ArcGIS Communities

  2. Introduction to Storymaps

  3. Students will learn how to use applications and Tools to support decision making

    Examples of tools that will be demonstrated/used by students:

    1. Imagery

      1. Imagery analysis tools

      2. Landsat Imagery Explorer

      3. Sentinel Imagery Explorer

    2. Agriculture

      1. Global Agricultural Disaster Assessment System

      2. Famine Early Warning System

      3. Global Flood Awareness System

    3. Disasters

      1. WorldView

      2. Global Flood Risk Monitoring

    4. Ecosystems

      1. Eco Explorer

      2. Ecological Marine Units 

    5. Water

      1. Streamflow analysis tool

      2. Streamflow prediction tool

      3. Water Balance App

  1. How to use Communities

    1. Beta Disasters community

    2. Sustainable development Goals(SDGS)

    3. Water community

  2. Develop storymaps - students will develop a storymap using a variety of tools provided in the AmeriGEOSS Platform

4. Develop storymaps


Day 3 will continue the use of tools and completion of the development of a thematic storymap. 


  1. Continue Development and completion of storymaps using AmeriGEOSS Platform resources

  2. Wrap of projects and training for the day 

Course will end at 12PM

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Title: Disaster Models and Global Information to Local Decisions for Decision Makers

Summary:  This course will introduce users to a variety of disaster models, data, applications, tools and services to support decision makers.

Level: Basic

Length: 3 days

Conact: Ricardo Quiroga

Día 1

Día 2

Día 3


Introduction to General Concepts.

Characterization of threat, exposure, vulnerability, and risk.

Planning strategies.

Objective (s)

  1. Define general concepts of risk components

  2. To know the tools for the characterization of each one of the components of the risk.

  3. To form working groups.

  • Choose study areas.

  • Characterize each of the components of the risk of the area of study chosen by teams.

  • Propose planning strategies to reduce the risk impact on life/supply chains.


1. Presentation of the event, facilitators, objectives and activities.

2. Participants will submit and form teams.

3. Define the basic concepts of the risk components.

4. Present some of the tools and platforms that can be used (NASA, AmeriGEOSS)

5. Choose case studies by teams.

1. To identify and collect data and information for the knowledge of the conditions of threat, vulnerability, and risk of the study area.

2. Mapping of Critical Infrastructure (OPENSTREETMAP, satellite information).

3. Training in the use of flood modeling software.

4. Characterization of risk areas.

1. Identify whether there are plans with GRD actions in the study area.

3. Formulation of risk-reduction measures.

4. Prioritization of risk reduction measures in the short, medium, and long term.

5. Identification of funding sources for the implementation of prioritized risk reduction measures.

Expected products

Concept Development

Characterization of risk scenarios and their components.

General planning strategy proposal.

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Title: New Generation Geostationary (GOES-16/17) and Polar Orbiting (JPSS - Suomi NPP and NOAA-20) Satellite Imagery and Products to meet GEO priority areas.

Date: August 21 - 23, 2019

Level: Advanced – With the opportunity to tailor to specific area needs

Length: 3 days. Detailed agenda, schedule and training location will be forthcoming. 

ContactsMartin Medina, José Galvez, Bernadette Connell, Natalia Donoho, and Diego Souza* (remote presenter)

Description: The satellite workshop will focus on both GOES-R Series and JPSS satellite capabilities, data access and applications to support the region. It will be a hands-on workshop conducted in Spanish, and consisting of 3 components: 1) Overview of imagery and products available, 2) Access to data via direct broadcast, internet, and archive with a particular emphasis on GEONETCast Americas (GNC-A) supported by GEO, and 3) Case study examples highlighting the usages of the imagery and products. The GNC-A component will include a tour to the station located in Servicio Nacional de Meteorología and Hidrología (SENAMHI). On the case study example component, participants will have the opportunity to submit a case study* from their respective office/region that was particularly challenging. Submitted cases will be considered for presentation during the workshop and subject matter experts will be able to present their analysis of the case study and provide suggestions on satellite data or products that could be of value to improve forecast/preparedness for future events. Topics may include the following: severe weather (excessive rainfall or drought), volcanic eruptions, fires, smoke, lightning, and vegetation indices. 

There will be time for open discussion to gather feedback and input on satellite usage at the end of the workshop. 

By the end of the course, participants should have acquired working knowledge of:

  • The GOES-R Series key instruments - Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) and Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM),
  • The JPSS key instruments - VIIRS, CrIS, and ATMS,
  • The most relevant satellite channels and products from JPSS and GOES-East ABI,
  • The various methods to access GOES and JPSS/GCOM data and products including the global GEONETCast and GEONETCast Americas systems (GNC-A),
  • Resources for the maintenance and troubleshooting of common issues related to a GNC-A station. 

*If a participant would like to submit a case study or an area of focus, please send a brief summary to the contacts listed. 

Register at: (external link to Eventbrite)