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International Courses

Currently CATHALAC offers throughout the year national, regional, and international specialized courses in themes related to CATHALAC's thematic areas of work: Integrated Watershed Management; Climate Change; Environmental Modeling and Analysis; and Risk Management.

CATHALAC has set up a modern Regional Training Center within its facilities, equipped with twenty (20) high-end work stations, state-of-the-art technology, providing the region the tools for natural resources management and land use planning, as well as geospatial information processing and analysis. These facilities and the ongoing training process, promote institutional strengthening in the region, and reinforce the capacities of technicians, specialists, decision makers, governmental, and non-governmental organizations for achieving sustainable development in the region.

Since its establishment in 1992, the CATHALAC has been actively involved in North-South and South-South scientific, technical, and policy development processes and has implemented a strong training and capacity building agenda throughout the region, taking on partners such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and regional organizations such as the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD, in Spanish), the Organization for the Fishing and Aquaculture Sector of the Central American Isthmus (OSPESCA, in Spanish), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Global Water Partnership (GWP), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), among others.

Introduction to GIS

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Course Objectives:

  • To provide capabilities for geospatial data management.
  • To promote the use of alternatives for the use of open source GIS analysis applications.

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Course on Mapping and Application of GPS

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1.Basic principles of Cartography.

2.GPS Configuration: DATUM, geographic coordinates, UTM coordinates

3.Generation of navigation data

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