Geospatial Information Technology in Fragile Contexts

This e-learning course was developed by Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) of the United Nations Institute for training and Research (UNITAR) as part of the Earth Observation for Sustainable Development: Fragility, Conflict and Security project funded by the European Space Agency.


SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG17: Partnerships for the goals
SDG 17: Technology
SDG 17: Systemic Issues
Geospatial Information Technologies in fragile contexts
remote sensing

This self-paced course promotes an interactive approach through lessons and multimedia material, stimulating critical thinking. It provides a lot of flexibility, since you will be able to complete the course at your own pace and timeframe.

Each interactive module is accompanied by a quiz. To receive a Certificate of Completion one needs to achieve a minimum grade of 80% on each quiz.

The e-learning course is structured into 4 modules:

  1. Introduction to GIT in Fragile Contexts
  2. What Can Satellites See?
  3. GIS analysis for Fragile States
  4. How To Use Our Online Platform (E04SDFCV)

Target Audience

The course is open to public. 

Learning Objectives

  • Differentiate between GIT, GIS, Remote Sensing, and Satellite Navigation Systems
  • Explain why GIS has become a privileged tool to support states affected by fragility
  • Identify the main types and availability of remote sensing data
  • Explain how satellite data can be used to obtain numerous types of information
  • Analyse a project and identify potential GIS applications