Training course on National Scale Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment was held in the Netherlands

November 14-15, 2013 the National Scale Multi-Hazard Risk Assessment training course was held in Enschede, The Netherlands. It was organized by Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) and PPRD East Programme, designed to enhance GIS and Risk Assessment knowledge and skills of twelve participants, two from each Partner Country.


 The training aimed to help the participants to:

  • Lead a multi-disciplinary team responsible for generation a national scale risk profile of their own country;
  • Identify the requirements in terms of data for different hazard assessment methods , and identify the main data providers in their own country;
  • Select which type of hazard assessment would be suitable for different hazard types and to instruct hazard modeling experts to deliver the requested type of information;
  • Use various methods to integrate existing data into database that can be used in national scale elements-at-risk mapping, focusing on buildings, population, agriculture, transportation infrastructure, GDP, environmentally sensitive areas, and cultural heritage sites;
  • Apply a spatial-multi criteria evaluation method  for the integration of indicator maps, that would allow to generate a national scale;
  • Carry out a national scale multi-hazard risk assessment;
  • Generate output maps and understand the requirements for presenting the results through a web-GIS.


Within the framework of the training course a study trip to Maeslantkering Barrier (Rotterdam) and Kinderdijk (with 30-40 windmills) was organized. During two November weeks, twelve participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine were working hard on improvement of their risk assessment skills, trying out different methods and applying them in completing exercises.


The course was based on both theory and practice. The following ITC scientists and practitioners, such as Cees van Westen, Michiel Damen, Nanette Kingma, Wim Feringa and Ulan Turdukulov supported the training and tried their best to make it successful. Thanks to them, the atmosphere at the training was friendly, supportive and productive. 


Event report