Regional Training on Shuttle Radar Topography Mission


A four-day 'Regional Training on Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM-2)' will take place 19 – 22 September 2016 at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Headquarters, Kathmandu, Nepal. 

The training will demonstrate and build capacity in South Asia and Southeast Asia (including HKH and Lower Mekong) in the use of high resolution DEM data for applications in different thematic areas. The focus of the training will be on the use of 30-meter elevation SRTM-2 datasets, which are freely and publicly available, and are extremely valuable for addressing critical issues impacted by Earth’s topography, including water flow, heavy rainfall, river plain flooding, coastal storm surges, agricultural stresses, and public health challenges. 

With participants from relevant government ministries and agencies in Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) and Mekong regional countries, the training will be facilitated by subject experts from SERVIR hubs based in ICIMOD, Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) based in Nairobi, Kenya and the University of Washington, Seattle. Training objectives are: 

  • ability to describe the availability, applications, and limitations of satellite DEMs at varying spatial scales in different thematic areas
  • ability to use DEM data for delineation of river basins, flood inundation mapping, and hydrological modelling
  • understanding of the accuracies of DEM derived products at various spatial scales

Agencies of the United States government (NASA, USAID, NOAA and USGS), the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), Working Group for Capacity Building and Data Democracy (WGCapD), and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) are partnering and collaborating with ICIMOD to organise the training.

For agenda of the training click here