Geospatial Technologies for Sustainable Water Management 2018

Course dates: July 2-6, 2018

Venue: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Workshop information

Geospatial technologies and remote sensing offer a crucial location element to the monitoring of recently adapted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their corresponding targets and indicators. The unprecedented “power of where” allows for unbiased observation and analysis across borders, administrative boundaries, and nations.

This course is part of a series of “Bridging ICTs and the Environment” workshops that aim to address the gap between the technology world and the world of environmental decision- and policy-makers. Geospatial solutions workshop helps to tackle water management issues providing in-service education and professional training for environmental decision-makers and practitioners, who are in a position to greatly benefit from this data revolution to better shape management strategies and to make more informed, data-driven decisions.

The workshop will cover a number of technologies including remote sensing, geospatial technologies, data publishing, and decision-support systems, among others. In particular, the role of satellite-based earth monitoring and remote sensing for environmental studies and management will be discussed, highlighting their advantages and limitations. The course will contribute to disseminating recent research results and raising awareness about potential ICT benefits. The objective of this workshop is to provide a timely opportunity to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and remote sensing, and their application to the monitoring of water related SDGs.

The course will begin with a plenary session featuring presentations by the world ICT leaders (Google, Esri, etc) and practitioners (e.g. DG JRC and UNOOSA), setting the stage in applying geospatial technologies and highlighting the importance of “data revolution” in monitoring SDGs. The lessons learnt by participants from these theoretical sessions will be accompanied by practical sessions later during the week.

Target Group

The target group for the workshop includes: National Focal Points of international conventions, environmental practitioners, and researchers involved in water and SDG-related issues. No prior experience in application of geospatial technologies is required.

Workshop Directors

Viktor Lagutov, Central European University, Hungary

Lorant Czaran, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Austria

Workshop faculty

Anupam Anand, Global Environment Facility, World Bank Group, USA

Armen Grigoryan, UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and CIS, Turkey

Douglas Cripe, Group of Earth Observations (GEO) Secretariat, Switzerland

Ed Parsons, Google, UK 

András Szöllősi-Nagy, International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO


Application Information 

For further information on the workshop and application procedures, please visit: or contact us at Limited financial support is available for applicants from developing countries.

Additional Information

This workshop is a joint activity between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Central European University and DG Joint Research Centre through the ISEPEI project. This course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series. It is run under the organizational framework of the CEU Summer University.