The Deep Learning Indaba 2019 is tha annual meeting of the African machine learning community. The 2019 Indaba aims to see 700 members of Africa's artificial intelligence community for a week-long event of teaching, research, exchange, and debate around the state of the art in machine learning and artificial intelligence. The mission of the Deep Learning Indaba is to Strengthen African Machine Learning.
We are proud to see the 2019 Indaba hosted at Kenyatta University, one of the leading universities in Kenya and is home to some of the world's top scholars, researchers and experts in diverse fields. The institution provides high quality programmes, has invested heavily in infrastructure and world class facilities and offers a nurturing environment in which students learn and grow.
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:
- Type: Instrument that flies on 2 polar orbiting research satellites
- Heritage: AVHRR (land), SeaWIFS (ocean), HIRS (atmosphere) [4 Focal Plane Assemblies: VIS, NIR, SMIR, LWIR]
- Spectral coverage: 36 spectral bands (490 detectors) covering wavelength range from 0.4 to 14.5 μm (micrometers)
- Spatial resolution: Spatial resolution at nadir: 250m (2 bands), 500m (5 bands) and 1000m (29 bands)
- Image scanning system: 2-sided Paddle Wheel Scan Mirror scans 2330 km swath in 1.47 sec with a 12 bit (0-4095) dynamic range
- On-Board Calibrators: SD/SDSM, SRCA, and BB (plus space view)
For more information about MODIS, checkout https://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/about/
In this course the participants will be introduced to:
- Day 1: Introduction to required software and MODIS Data Products
- Day 2: Processing MODIS data single bands, converting to relevant projections and formats, selecting data layers for use and staking them for visualization
- Day 3: Application of MODIS Select data layers for flood risk assessment
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
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