Land in Focus – Hazards & Disasters

Welcome to the ‘Hazards and Disasters’ online courses. In the three MOOCs which are part of it, we will take a closer look at how remote sensing can answer essential questions related to the emergency response that is needed during hazardous events. Thus, disaster management heavily relies on remotely sensed data and their prompt processing in order to support decisions that can a) estimate the extent of a (natural) disaster and b) save lives by scientifically justifiable choices.

In the three lessons of this course, we will present different applications of remotely sensed data for disaster monitoring to you. At first, we will take a look at droughts, then dive into mapping flood extents using an interactive cloud-based approach before ending our course with the monitoring of fire hazards.

In the lessons listed below, you will be doing the following:

  • Droughts: Monitor drought hazard and drought impact in South Africa.
    Instructors: Dr. Valerie Graw and Torben Dedring; Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Floods: Estimation of the extent of an extreme flood event in Iran.
    Instructors: Kai Heckel, Daniel Thiex, Jonas Eberle & Jannik Jännichen; EOS Jena, Sinergise, Jonas Eberle – Web & Software-Development & Friedrich Schiller University Jena
  • Fires: Assess fire intensity and burn severity in Bolivia.
    Instructor: Dr. Valerie Graw; Ruhr- University Bochum

Note: You do not have to take the lessons in any particular order.


If you are interested in more ‘Land in Focus’ courses, check out the availability below. The courses will be available in the future and will be released sequentially towards spring of 2022. These will provide you with theoretical knowledge and real-life case studies from disaster management, to land cover change analysis all the way to food security-related issues, that you can work with using the tools of remote sensing.


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Course Includes

  • 3 Lessons
  • 8 Topics
  • 3 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate