Training Workshop on Google Earth Engine

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Background

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), in partnership with Google Earth Engine Outreach, will conduct a four-day training workshop on the Google Earth Engine (GEE) platform at its headquarters in Kathmandu, Nepal, under its SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIRHKH) initiative. The Google Earth Engine Outreach team has conducted a number of such trainings across other SERVIR hubs. 

Google’s GEE platform can be used for large- and small-scale scientific analyses and visualization of geospatial datasets. It stores, organizes and provides access to a wide variety of satellite imageries and geospatial datasets, and offers global-scale environmental data analysis capabilities. In addition to the tools and cloud computational powers necessary to analyze large datasets, the GEE platform also offers Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) in JavaScript and Python. GEE is widely used by researchers, nonprofits, educators and governmental agencies to analyze large-scale geospatial data, and is available free of cost for non-commercial users by invitation only. 

This training will offer participants an opportunity to gain hands-on experience using GEE to complete a series of real-world environmental remote sensing projects for beginners, intermediates and experts.   Participants will be able to develop an integrative project that encompasses remotely sensed data inputs, processing and analyses for an environmental scientific investigation. 

Although no prior programming experience is required, the course will touch on the basics of select programming languages.  

Objective 

This workshop aims to train professionals from ICIMOD and partner institutions on geospatial data analysis using GEE. In addition to the basic introduction and usage of GEE, the training will cover advanced topics such as mapping and estimation of crop area, vegetation, land use and land cover, and water resources  in the GEE environment. 

Participation requisites

The training workshop will entertain participation from 20 qualified young professionals based in Nepal. Interested candidates may apply for placement using the application form available at this link.

  • The deadline for submission of applications is 30 April 2017.
  • Queries regarding selection and/or participation will not be entertained. 
  • Knowledge of geographic information system/remote sensing is desired. 
  • Basic skill in programming (JavaScript) is required
  • Applicants should have a university degree (Bachelor’s degree or higher level of education)
  • Applications from women and disadvantaged groups are encouraged. The organizers will try to ensure 50% women’s participation.
  • The cost of attendance is free. The organizers will not provide travel support towards attending this training. 
  • Participants will receive a certificate of completion on satisfactory completion of the training workshop.