Report on UNESCO Joint Training Course: Geospatial Methods, Technologies, and Applications in Monitoring Land Cover, Land Use, Fire and Water in semi-arid regions Central Asia

Held on September 19-21, 2009

National Center of Space Research and Technologies, National Space Agency, Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN

In conclusion, the training workshop was a success.  The workshop brought together well-known experts in various fields, including geospatial technologies and resource applications, which are critical in addressing sustainable resources assessment and management in arid and semi-arid regions like Central Asia.  Participants expressed their appreciation and acknowledged that the training was very useful and they are planning to use the knowledge learned when they return to their countries.

At the same time, the trainers felt very happy that their research and methods can be used to address some practical issues. The interaction among the participants and trainers also promoted for some future collaboration possibilities.


Dr. Tatiana Loboda, University of Maryland

Prof. Mutlu Ozdogan, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Pontus Oloofsson, Boston University

Dr. Xin Li, Chinese Academy of Science in Lanzhou

Dr. Gensuo Jia, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr. Phil Heilman, Southwest Watershed Research Center of USDA-ARS

Prof.  Jiaguo Qi,  Michigan State University and NASA LCLUC’s MAIRS Project Scientist


Dr. Jiaguo Qi, Professor, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Dr. Ailikun, Director, MAIRS’s Internationa Project Office, Institute of Atmospheric Physics



Total participants of the workshop: ~60

UNESCO_Training_Report (complete version, PDF)


G-WADI’07 Lanzhou, China, June 11-15, 2007

G-WADI 2007 Lanzhou

The ground water is a major component of water resource in arid regions. Additionally, the interaction between ground and surface water is very complex in arid regions. Computer models and other new technologies such as isotope are providing quantitative tools for characterizing these processes.

A better understanding of ground water dynamics through the proper use of groundwater modelling tools will help people to manage precious water resources in watersheds of arid areas.

Ground water modeller, government and watershed manager and decision maker, scientist, graduate student, and local stakeholder are the potential participants for this training workshop. Members of G-WADI Asia network are also expected to attend this workshop and the following special Asian meeting.

The aim of the proposed workshop is to transfer the technology in ground water modelling and introduce the latest development in this field. The participants will be trained by world class experts in the field of ground water research. They also will be equipped with up-to-date modelling tools, web materials, and a connection with good expertise, which will enable them to have new insights into how to use ground water more appropriately in arid regions.

G-WADI Committee, UNESCO regional offices (Beijing, Almaty, Delhi and Tehran), and CAREERI/CAS are extending financial contribution for organizing this training course.

Summary Report

Workshop Materials


Summary files