Kenyatta University in partnership with the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) is organizing a series of training workshops to introduce satellite data users to the domain of MODIS Data. The trainings will take place on the afternoons (2:00pm – 5:00pm) of 18th, 19th and 20th March 2019 in the GIS Lab, EF 03 within the 8:4:4 Complex at Kenyatta University Main Campus.
MODIS is an acronym for MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer which is one of the Satellite Remote Sensing instruments. It is an imaging sensor on board the Terra satellite. The satellite covers the entire Earth's surface area every 1 to 2 days, acquiring data in 36 spectral bands, or groups of wavelengths. MODIS collect data by detecting the energy that is reflected from Earth. The data collected is critical in understanding the global dynamics and processes occurring on the land, in the oceans, and in the lower atmosphere. Some specific uses include mapping the earth’s temperature, soil moisture, monitoring land use and land cover changes, urban growth, weather monitoring, oceanography, and disaster management.
MODIS Data has the following characteristics:
For more information about MODIS, checkout https://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/
In this course the participants will be introduced to:
To participate in the training and build your capacity and skills in the use of the MODIS data products, please apply for practical training by Registering here
Kindly note that there are limited slots for the training and opportunity will be offered on first-come-first-served basis
Download the Draft Programme here and the Poster here
Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2019 13:27
SCHOOLS UPCOMING EVENTS
1. The World Wetlands Day (WWD) will be commemorated on 2nd February, 2020 at Enapuiyapui Swamp in Kiptunga Subcatchment of Mau Forest. The School of Environmental Studies (KUNEC) clubs members have been invited to attend the national event.
2. The National Museams of Kenya, Orinthology section, Zoology Department has organized 2020 waterbirds count the Kenyatta university Sewage Works on Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 Kenyatta University Birding Club under the leadership of Dr. Cecilia Gichuki ( Department of Environmental Science and Education) will Participate.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 January 2020 07:30
WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY CELEBRATIONS HELD IN UKUNDA KWALE COUNTY
A Platform for Action World Environment Day is the United Nations'(UN) most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. The People's Day above all, World Environment Day is the "people's day" for doing something to take care of the Earth. That "something" can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or can involve a crowd of people coming together for action towards a common goal. Therefore everyone is free to choose.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern worldwide. The theme for 2018 thus was ‘beating plastic pollution’. Every World Environment Day (WED) has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. Last year's host was India.
As earlier mentioned, the global theme for last year’s WED is “Beat Plastic Pollution” where governments, industry, communities as well as individuals were encouraged to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and access use of single-use plastic polluting oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. The slogan for last year's event is "Greening the Blue". . In Kenya, the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) is mandated by government through its’ national steering committee to organize the yearly events.
Last year’s event was held on 1st to 6th June 2018, at Kwale Baraza Park in Kwale County and was graced by Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members (KUNEC) among other participants invited to mark the event. The bus left the campus 8.a.m in the morning went through Mombasa road to Mtito Andie, where the students had a stopover for 30 minutes for refreshments and some photos. They continued on their journey to Mombasa town and later took a ferry to Ukunda, which is approximately 40km from Mombasa town. On arrival to Ukunda, they were welcomed by a resort owner who later accommodated them at a private residence for three nights.
This was a clean-up day and students woke up very early and proceeded to vanga mainland which is about 90 kilometers from Ukunda, where the event was to take place. This village is in Kwale County near the Kenya Tanzanian border and was highly polluted with plastic bags and bottles. Students joined the other participants in the beach cleanup and tree planting exercise where around 1000 mangrove seedlings were planted.
After the cleanup the students proceeded to Diani beach, where they had a life time experience of enjoying the sand beach, sea bathing, cool sea breeze and watching the sea from a vantage point in the coastline.
This was the D- day and Students went for the world environmental day celebration in Ukunda showground and helped in the preparation of the venue. The main speech was given by the chief guest Deputy President, followed by the cabinet secretary for Environment and Forestry and other speeches from invited dignitaries. In the afternoon there was a luncheon sponsored by the county Government of Kwale. After the luncheon, students left to their rest room for the night.
The main event for the day was the stakeholders’ forum which deliberated on issues touching the recent plastic bags ban by NEMA and alternatives of the plastic bags. This event was held in Pride Hotel in Mombasa. The facilitators were safaricom, NEMA and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). After this event students left for Nairobi back to the University.
Last Updated on Friday, 22 February 2019 05:55
OL DONYO SABUK NATIONAL PARK TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITY 2017
This national park is an ultimate Panoramic Experience” which is dominated by a small mountain covered in montane forest, the Ol Donyo Sabuk National Park is home to 45 species of birds including the white-browed sparrow weaver, and grey- headed sparrow weaver, African pied wagtail, mourning dove, augur buzzard, African hawk eagle and purple-breasted sunbird. Buffalo are the dominant animals in the ecosystem and other wildlife include bushbucks, leopards, olive baboons, aardvarks, porcupines, mongoose, pythons and monitor lizard. The mountain’s summit also offers visitors scenic views of Mount Kenya.
KUNEC members organized this team building activity to enjoy the panoramic experience of watching the scenic beauty of the mountain and the surrounding Machakos hills which could be seen from afar, enjoying cool mountain breeze seeing the birds and animals and mountain climbing. This was a three day event. The journey started at the university, where the students converged and boarded a Bus and had a stopover in Thika town where they had some refreshments before proceeding to Ol Donyo Sabuk in Kilimambogo Machakos County. On arrival, the students alighted from the bus and embarked on the mountain climbing to the camp site. Camp tents and sleeping bags were provided for hire by the camp owners. The student had several activities lined up for the three days, including enjoying the Night fire together, playing in the moonlight, and having group discussions where tasks were assigned by their team leaders who expected a feedback after the activity.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2019 12:16
ARCGIS training GIS training Room
ArcGIS is a geographic information system (GIS) for working with maps and geographic information. It is used for creating and using maps, compiling geographic data, analyzing mapped information, sharing and discovering geographic information in a range of applications, and managing geographic information in a database. The system provides an infrastructure for making maps and geographic information available throughout an organization, across a community, and openly on the Web.
Kenyatta University GIS club was formed in January 2017, by students who were eager to learn and spread the gospel of spatial information. Initially the club had 15 members, but when the students discovered what GIS is, its importance and the job opportunities waiting for them after completing their studies, its members has now shot up to 123and continues to grow as a result of creating awareness of the club to the entire University students fraternity on the availability of job opportunities for the graduates undertaking the GIS course.. The main goal of the club is to ensure that members are trained to become skilled and knowledgeable on GIS and Remote sensing systems. They also organize for training and make products on what they have learnt.
This was the first day of the training. Trainers from ICRAF (world Agroforestry Centre) were in attendance and their main goal is to generate and apply the best available knowledge to stimulate agricultural growth, raise farmers’ incomes, and protect the environment. They arrived early for the training and found KU GIS members from all the schools in the University, who have realized the essence of spatial information in their daily lives, waiting with enthusiasm to learn from them. They were received by the University GIS champion Prof. Simon Onywere, who introduced them. The training began at 9. a.m with at least 30 students in attendance. The students were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and say what they expected at the end of the training.
The training began by a review of the Collect Earth methodology for LULUCF assessment and Introduction to Remote Sensing, where the trainers taught the students on how to produce digital images of the earth by remote sensing. This is the basis for modern mapping, and the creation of valuable information of products across a wide spectrum of industries. They also took the students through hands on examples of image viewing using band combination in their computers. The participants were trained on Agroforestry Monitoring Assessment and pilot Land Use/cover trends. They learned why planning is important in developing agroforestry practices and how to use Landscape assessments maps, identify resource conditions and problems in the surrounding designs, and monitoring to determine if an installed practice is successful.
DAY 2 19/05/2017
The morning session of day two was a lecture and hands on practical intensive, which saw the participants taken through image processing on the computers. A qualified team of technicians from the GIS lab Kenyatta University helped the students (participants) to follow through the imaging. The participants had an opportunity to do a Hands-on presentation on Collect Earth features and its support software (Google, Earth, Bing Maps, Google Earth Engine, Saiku, .Hands-on training on Collect Earth + Bing Maps + Google Earth Engine. This was a really thrilling experience for them to know how the web map contains the Bing Maps aerial imagery web mapping service, which offers worldwide orthographic aerial and satellite imagery. Coverage varies by region, with the most detailed coverage in the area like Tsavo National Park.
Coverage in different areas within a country also varies in detail based on the availability of imagery for that region. Bing Maps continuously adds imagery in new areas and updating coverage in areas of existing coverage. This map does not include bird's eye imagery. Information regarding monthly updates of imagery coverage are available on the Bing Community blog. Post a comment to the Bing Community blog to request imagery vintage information for a specific area.
DAY 3. 22/05/2017
This was another great day of training with Mr Okoth James. The Participants were trained more on the usage of collector earth, which had proved to be user friendly. They learnt more on how collector earth facilitates the assessment of deforestation in a region and various forms of land use change, monitoring of various land use change by writing the observation, after comparing the land use of different plots of land over the years as per the high resolution images. SAIKU was introduced to them and after using it they realized it’s a tool that allows users to explore on the complex data sources and visualize the data in a user friendly way. After analyzing the data it uses interactive charts that are easy to understand and interpret the data displayed.
DAY 3. 23/05/2017
This was a day that students went through a recap of what they were taught on the previous day on SAIKU n-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) which is a category of software technology that enables analysts, managers and executives to gain insight into data through fast, consistent, interactive access to a wide variety of possible views of information that has been transformed from raw data to reflect the real dimensionality of the enterprise as understood by the user. OLAP functionality is characterized by dynamic multi-dimensional analysis of consolidated enterprise data supporting end user analytical and navigational activities (The OLAP Council)
Finally their chairman of the GIS Kenyatta University GIS club James Magige gave gave his closing remarks and welcomed students and staff members to join the club and participate in achievement of its goals and vision he thanked all organizations i.e ESRI, ICRAF, RCMRD and OAKAR services, for their support on the licenses and free trainings hope to continually work with you for the better future. The students later appreciated the efforts of the trainer for disseminating that kind of knowledge to them and said that it will help them a lot in their future.
Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2019 06:23
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