WGCapD Higher Resolution SRTM Data & Flood Modelling Workshop

Event Dates: May 25th - 29th, 2015

 

The WGCapD Higher Resolution Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) Data & Flood Modelling Workshop – Americas

Hosted by: the Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC)

Location: Tonantzintla and Puebla, Mexico

Announcement

Rapid Flood Extent over the city of Magdeburg, Germany, derived from a Pléiades-HR data (70 cm) acquired the 10 June 2013 during the Elbe River flood event.   Image credit: SERTIT, CNES/Astrium Services/Spot Image

Rapid Flood Extent over the city of Magdeburg, Germany, derived from a Pléiades-HR data (70 cm) acquired the 10 June 2013 during the Elbe River flood event. Image credit: SERTIT, CNES/Astrium Services/Spot Image

In 2014, the U.S. Government announced the release of the SRTM 30-meter resolution global dataset, also known as SRTM-2. This is the highest quality digital elevation model (DEM) now publicly available. Among its many uses, the higher resolution data enables more accurate modeling of floods, coastal storm surges, mudslides, and volcanic lahar flows.

Following the announcement, our Working Group on Capacity Building and Data Democracy (WGCapD) set out to make 30 m SRTM-2 data available to countries that need it through regionally focused workshops, hosted by respected institutions with expertise in DEMs. These workshops will help practitioners incorporate SRTM-2 data into their existing processes and projects, teaching them how to actively use 30 m DEMs.

The first WGCapD-organized SRTM-2 workshop of 2015 was hosted in March, 2015 by the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), targeting disaster management practitioners in the southern Africa region, with a particular emphasis on the TerraHidro and CREST flood models.

This workshop supported practitioners in countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region (LAC), particularly those developing disaster early warning and emergency response systems. The range of common disasters to be addressed includes flooding events, which have a large impact on economic and social development, and other disasters such as landslides.

Workshop Objective

The objective of this workshop was to build capacity in understanding and using 30 m DEMs derived from SRTM-2 data in flood modeling and, time permitting, other applications.

Target Audience

This workshop was aimed at: 

  1. government technical personnel knowledgeable in GIS who either use or could use flood models in their regular job (e.g. hydrologists from ministries of water, agriculture, disaster management, etc.)
  2. disaster management specialists from outside government who are similarly knowledgeable in GIS
  3. professors / instructors in GIS or remote sensing.

Individuals in a position to train others were particularly encouraged to apply. Decision-makers and managers from disaster prevention and civil protection institutions who might benefit from timely and accurate information were also considered, with knowledge of GIS as a prerequisite.

Agenda & Meeting Materials:

Monday, May 25th, 2015 – Day 1 (Location: INAOE, Auditorio Docente)

Item Time Activity Responsible Party
  08:30-09:00 Arrival of Participants an Registration CRECTEALC/INAOE
1 09:00-10:00 Statements by Co-Sponsors WGCapD/NOAA, MCTP, BUAP, CRECTEALC, INAOE
  10:00-10:20 Coffee Break  
2 10:20-11:00 Introduction to DEMs and SRTM Versions Patrick O’Brien, NOAA
3 11:00-12:30 Introduction to CEOS and SRTM Project Patrick O’Brien, NOAA
  12:30-13:40 Lunch  
4 13:40-14:10 AmeriGEOSS Intro Nancy Searby, NASA
5 14:10-14:40 TerraHidro – Intro/Theoretical Concepts Sergio Rosim, INPE
  14:40-15:00 Coffee Break  
6 15:00-17:30 TerraHidro – Tools and Usage Examples Sergio Rosim, INPE
  18:30 Welcome Reception  

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 – Day 2 (Location: BUAP, Centro Cultural Universitario)

Item Time Activity Responsible Party
7 09:00-10:30 TerraHidro – Guided Exercises Sergio Rosim, INPE
  10:30-10:50 Coffee Break  
8 10:50-12:50 TerraHidro – Guided Exercises Sergio Rosim, INPE
  12:50-14:00 Lunch  
9 14:00-15:20 TerraHidro – Self-led Exercise  Sergio Rosim, INPE
  15:20-15:40 Coffee Break  
10 15:40-17:30 TerraHidro – Further Exercise and Wrap-up  Sergio Rosim, INPE

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015 – Day 3 (Location: BUAP, Centro Cultural Universitario)

Item Time Activity Responsible Party
11 09:00-10:30 SRTM Versions and Access Patrick O’Brien, NOAA
  10:30-10:50 Coffee Break  
12 10:50-12:00 SMAP Erika Podest, NASA
13 12:00-12:30 EOPower Sergio Camacho, CRECTEALC
  12:30-13:30 Lunch  
14 13:30-15:00 GeoSUR Intro (Spanish) Eric Van Pragh, ESRI
15   River Watch & MODIS NRT for Flood Response & Water Resource Management Bob Brakenridge, University of Colorado, Boulder
16   GeoSUR SRTM 30 m TPS Matt Cushing, USGS
  15:00-15:20  Coffee Break  
17 15:20-16:30

CREST Intro

Installing QGIS & TauDEM 

Race Clark/Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma
18 16:30-17:30 CREST: Overview of Hydro Models Race Clark/Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma

Thursday, May 28th, 2015 – Day 4 (Location: BUAP, Centro Cultural Universitario)

Item Time Activity Responsible Party
19 09:00-10:30 CREST: EF5 Overview Race Clark and Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma
  10:30-10:50 Coffee Break  
20 10:50-12:50 CREST: DEM Derivatives Race Clark/Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma
  12:50-14:00 Lunch  
21 14:00-15:20 CREST: Rainfall and PET  Race Clark/Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma
  15:20-15:40 Coffee Break  
22 15:40-17:30 CREST: Automatic Calibration  Race Clark/Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma
  19:00 Farewell Dinner  

Friday, May 29th, 2015 – Day 5 (Location: BUAP, Centro Cultural Universitario)

Item Time Activity Responsible Party
23 09:00-10:20 CREST: Using and Interpreting Model Output Race Clark/Zac Flamig, University of Oklahoma
  10:20-10:40 Coffee Break  
24 10:40-12:50 Participant Presentations  
  12:50-14:00 Lunch Break  
  14:00-15:00 Hydrology Models Discussion & Feedback Jesus Gonzalez, CRECTEALC
  15:00-15:15 Workshop Closure and Issue of Certificates