IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminar by Alumna Shivan Kebirungi from Uganda

Online seminar: ‘Can quick long-term assessments of refugee impacts on the hosting natural environment be conducted from freely available remote sensing data?’

  • 22 Jun 2021
  • 11:45 - 12:45
Delft, The Netherlands (CET time zone)

IHE Delft Alumni & Partners Online Seminars are designed as a means of providing lifelong learning to the Institute Alumni community and Partners. Since the topics will be of interest to a broader audience, they are open to all interested persons. The Online Seminars are like interactive lectures transmitted over the web, with a duration of one hour including time for discussion. The seminar is organized in collaboration with the WaterChannel, IHE Delft partner.


Alumna Ms. Kebirungi Shivan will share her MSc thesis topic with us. Few studies exist in the use of freely available remote sensing data with significant temporal coverage to monitor refugee impact on the natural environment. Multiple studies on analysing environmental impacts of refugee camps utilize sophisticated techniques that often require significant time input. Is there a quicker way to go about this? The use of indices with satellite imagery from 1984, has been explored in eight Ethiopian refugee camps from both wet and dry climatic contexts to monitor their impact on the natural environment (land cover, vegetation, and surface water areas). The research also assessed potential relationships between the identified impacts and the refugee numbers and surrounding community over time. The methodological pros and cons of using indices from open access remote sensing data to monitor refugee impact on the surrounding natural environment were also determined.

About the speaker

Ms. Shivan Kebirungi is from Uganda and recently graduated from the Water Science and Engineering programme with specialization in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development at IHE Delft. She has a back ground in civil engineering and has been working as a civil engineer with Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment since 2016. Here, she is responsible for designing and supervising the construction of water for production infrastructure projects such as earth dams, valley tanks and irrigation schemes, while working together with various implementing partners.

How to attend?

The event is free of charge. It will take place on the Zoom meeting platform. Please register here to receive the link information to participate after your registration.

How to actively participate?

You can send your questions to the speaker using the question box in the online conference room! The questions will be selected by the moderator of the event.


For extra information please contact Ms. Maria Laura Sorrentino, Alumni Relations Officer at .


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