Online Training Course Webinar: Remote Sensing for Forest Cover Change Detection by NASA/USAID SERVIR

Addis Ababa Declaration on Geospatial Information Management Towards Good Land Governance for the 2030 Agenda
29th Jul 2019
30th Jul 2019

Please join a one hour webinar which showcases the launch of a new online training course, Remote Sensing for Forest Cover Change Detection using freely available, open source software – hosted on the SERVIR Training Materials web portal.

Webinar Dates: April 20, 5:00 pm in Nairobi, 3:00 pm in Niamey (8:00 am MST) May 3, 2017 at 9:00 am SE Asia, 7:45 am Nepal (May 2, 8:00 pm MST)

The webinar will highlight new training materials that instruct on the basic principles of how to plan and implement a forest cover change detection analysis. These include hands-on exercises that guide the learner through the complete change detection and accuracy assessment analysis workflow. The material consists of four modules: project planning and documentation, acquiring data with Google Earth Engine, land cover mapping, and mapping and classifying areas of change. Each module includes a presentation of the theory and introduction to the workflow, followed by hands-on exercises.

The course follows the IPCC Good Practice Guidance principles and is consistent with the methodological advice by the Global Forest Observation Initiative for forest monitoring in the context of REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation). In addition to meeting international reporting requirements, following consistent and transparent methodology for generating activity data is important for informing policy decisions and measures. The methods presented can be generalized to track any land cover transition of interest, thus making it applicable for a wide-range of users.

The online training materials allow anyone interested in learning more about the use of remote sensing tools to map and measure land cover change. The content is best suited for participants that have a basic understanding of GIS, while a general awareness of remote sensing technology and theory would also be beneficial. The material was developed in partnership with United States Forest Service International Programs and Geospatial Technology and Applications Center, SilvaCarbon, US Agency for International Development, Boston Education in Earth Observation Data Analysis at Boston University Department of Earth and Environment, SERVIR Global, and Google Earth Engine Team.

Connecting to the Webinar:
Adobe Connect:

Connecting to the Audio:
Teleconference: 1-888-844-9904
Access Code: 4016370#

Setup VOIP (optional)

  1. In the upper left-hand corner, click Meeting and then select Audio Setup Wizard…
  2. You will receive a message welcoming you to the Audio Setup Wizard. Click Next.
  3. The first step will ensure that you can hear audio in the webinar. Click the Play Sound button. If you cannot hear anything, either your speakers are not connected or they are muted. If you heard the sound/music, click Next.
  4. From the dropdown menu, select the device that you wish to use as your microphone. Click Next.
  5. Test your microphone’s volume. Click the Record button, recite a phrase, stop recording, and then click the Play Recording button to hear the playback. Once you are satisfied with your microphone’s settings/performance, click Next.
  6. Finally, make sure to be as quiet as possible, and then click the Test Silence button to detect any potential noise that your microphone may be picking up. Stay as silent as possible until the progress bar is filled, then click Next.
  7. Click Finish to close the Audio Setup Wizard.