Training Material

Training Material

Landslide mapping training workshop (August 2017)

A week-long training workshop was held at Durham University, UK, in August 2017, involving staff from the National Society for Earthquake Technology, Nepal (NSET-Nepal). The workshop was focused on providing training on a range of techniques and approaches that were used as part of the DFID-funded landslide mapping project. This included practical experience of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flying and subsequent data processing using structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry, as well as the various satellite image datasets and methods involved in the GIS-based mapping of landslide inventories.

An outline of the workshop contents is provided below, along with links to download the material provided during each training session (Note: the full training package (~1 GB) can be downloaded here).

  1. Introductory Material
    • Contents and itinerary (.pdf)
  2. UAV flight training
    • UAV theory lecture (.pptx)
    • UAV flying with Litchi (.pptx)
    • Manuals and useful references
  3. UAV processing training
    • Structure-from-motion (SfM) photogrammetry practical handout (.pdf)
    • SfM practical data (.zip)
  4. Overview of landslide mapping
    • Introduction to the project (.pptx)
    • Landslide modelling (.pptx)
    • Landslide inventories (.pptx)
    • Overview of landslide mapping (.pptx)
    • Handout: Downloading Landsat 8 imagery (.pdf)
    • Handout: Downloading Sentinel-2 imagery (.pdf)
  5. Landslide mapping in QGIS
    • QGIS installation guide (.pdf)
    • QGIS basics (.pdf)
    • Working with Landsat 8 imagery in QGIS (.pdf)
    • Working with Sentinel-2 imagery in QGIS (.pdf)
    • Mapping landslides in QGIS (.pdf)
    • Sentinel-2 practical data (.zip)
  6. Mapping practice and practicalities
    • Landslide attributes determined from satellite imagery (.pptx)


Digital elevation modelling workshop (January 2020)

A training workshop was held at the National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET) in Kathmandu, Nepal, in January 2020. The aim of the workshop was to provide an introduction to the 5 m resolution ALOS World 3D (AW3D) digital elevation model (DEM) data that was obtained as part of the DFID-funded landslide mapping project. Training sessions covered an explanation of the AW3D DEM data and how to use it for conducting a range of topographic and hydrological analyses, as well as case study presentations outlining how the data are being used for ongoing hazard-related research in Nepal. The workshop was attended by staff from a number of end-user organisations who have all been provided with licensed access to the AW3D DEM data as part of the project, including:

  • National Reconstruction Authority, Government of Nepal
  • National Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET-Nepal)
  • Department of Mines and Geology, Government of Nepal
  • Central Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu
  • United Nations Resident Coordinator Office (UNRCO)

An outline of the workshop contents is provided below, along with links to download the material provided during each training session (Note: the full training package (~300 MB) can be downloaded here).

  1. Introductory Material
  2. Case Studies

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