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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MODELACIÓN HIDRÁULICA HEC – RAS PARA LA PREVENCIÓN DE RIESGOS DE INUNDACIÓN
Objetivo del Curso
Capacitación en el uso del modelo hidráulico HEC-RAS a partir de múltiples casos prácticos que representan las diferentes capacidades del mismo para la prevención de inundabilidad.
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