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.
The Integrated Water Resources Management of (IWRM) integrates the two facets of a river, as a water and ecological reserve. This approach is based on Environmental Flows Regimes (EFR) compatible to the rational and efficient use of water resources and to maintaining the ecological integrity of the river ecosystem.
- To provide capabilities for geospatial data management.
- To promote the use of alternatives for the use of open source GIS analysis applications.
- Concepts on the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Evaluation of data characteristics in tabular format, shapefile, CAD, GPS and Google Earth.
- Methodological applications that enable the conversion of analog data to georeferenced data in digital formats.
HEC-RAS HYDRAULIC MODELING FOR FLOOD HAZARD PREVENTION
Training in the use of the HEC-RAS hydraulic
model through multiple case studies that are related to flooding prevention.
Application of Mapping Techniques and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Landscape Interpretation and Representation
Mapping techniques and Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for landscape interpretation and representation
International Course Ground Water Modeling: A focus on Water Resource Management November 12th to 16th, 2012
To establish the basis for Integrated Groundwater Management through techniques for obtaining, processing and analyzing data to determine the proper management of the aquifer according to the obtained information.
The course enables participants to use of tools of digital elevation for the modeling of watersheds and estimate the impacts on coastal areas due to sediment load carried by water streams.
- To strengthen the theoretical and practical knowledge on weather radar operational strategies, products, operational applications and data quality.
- To improve the use of weather radar tools for nowcasting of bad severe weather, lightning forecast, estimation and quantitative rainfall forecasting as well as hydrological applications.
Los Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIGs) han revolucionado la manera de entender y conocer los fenómenos que tienen lugar en la superficie terrestre. Permiten resolver necesidades concretas de información modelando una parte de la realidad dentro de un espacio geográfico.
Training in the use of GIS tools for hydrological modeling, including the estimation of sediment loads and runoff at watershed scale; assessment of how land cover change and hydrometeorological events affect overall water quality in coastal zones.
The pollution of rivers and coasts lessens water quality and the ability to use water in other activities. It affects aquatic ecosystems such as rivers, lagoons, mangroves and reefs and has negative implications for fisheries, which is the livelihood of many families.