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24 benefit from GIS training sponsored by CSDES

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Wed, 2013-04-24 11:29
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A total of 24 University of Nairobi (UoN) students and faculty members have benefited from a Geo-Information Systems (GIS) training sponsored by the Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES). The one week training workshop that started on 18th March 2013 was offered at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), Department of Land Resources Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT).

This was the second GIS training workshop sponsored by CSDES at the same venue after the first one was held from 19th to 20th June 2012 where 12 PhD students benefitted.  Among the areas that were covered in the training were: Spatial data and design, Single- and multiple-layer analysis, Queries and reasoning, Transformation, Interpolation and density functions, Raster analysis basics, Indices and suitability modeling.

Prof. Randy Boone from Colorado State University (CSU) and Dr. Laban McOpiyo from UoN facilitated the training.

After the one week training, participants praised the program noting that it had made tremendous impact on how they would carry out their research especially on how to organize, store, access, retrieve, manipulate, synthesize and apply data.

“Before this course, I had an introductory course in GIS and remote sensing but lacked ‘hands on’ experience on GIS. “Says Syano a PhD student in Dryland Resource Management at the University of Nairobi. “This course gave me this experience through the many activities we did. I will be using GIS to determine both spatial and temporal vegetation cover changes. With the GIS software given as part of the course package, I continue to practice for more experience.” He concludes


While speaking during the closing ceremony of the training, Prof. Agnes Mwang’ombe, the Principal, CAVS, appreciated the newly introduced GIS course for granting the university an opportunity to minimize on the traditional forms of conducting survey. “As a college we are moving towards the right direction but we need to do more,” she said


The GIS lab was set up in June 2012 at CAVS by CSDES in line with the Centre’s second objective that seeks to develop a dryland leadership learning program at the UoN that will result to greater capacity of students and faculty to address the problems of dryland ecosystems and societies.

Expiry Date: 
Mon, 2013-12-30 11:29
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Prof. Njoka

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