The Federal Government is adopting earth observation data through satellite to manage the flood situation across the country.
In his address at the opening session of a workshop in Abuja on Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa, the Director-General, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, Clement Nze, explained how the training would help Nigeria mitigate floods using satellite technology.
Nze said, “The training programme will equip the participants with necessary tools in using earth observation data; particularly sentinel data to enhance ground-based data for flood forecasts, monitoring and assessment, mitigation and management.”
He said the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security and Africa support programme was a joint initiative of the Africa Union and the European Union.
Nze said the aim of the programme is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and to ensure civil security.
“It is headed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency and the European Environment Agency,” he said.
The NIHSA boss stated that as part of the GMES and Africa support programme, the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education Consortium under the GMES & Africa initiative, was organising the online training.
This, he said, was the second in line of the identified training needs of stakeholders and organisations around West Africa with a view to enhancing their capacity in delivering their respective institutional mandates.
He said the training programme would focus on building capacity on the acquisition and use of Sentinel data, processing and application, among others.