Twitter helps emergency services during natural disasters
Wed Nov 20 2013
Emergency responders start benefiting from Twitter when natural disasters strike like typhoons and tornadoes. Recognizing the increasing number of victims that tweet their plight during major natural disasters, an initiative called Micromappers has enlisted digital humanitarian volunteers to sift through those tweets and help emergency services locate those in greater need.
This method has...
MEA: multi-product data exploitation system with global data coverage since 1978
Tue Nov 19 2013
The Multi-sensor Evolution Analysis (MEA) platform supports Earth Observation communities in loading, visualizing and analysing multi-dimensional datasets. Implemented in the framework of the European Space Agency ASIM project, MEA has been recently adopted in the European Commission EarthServer initiative as graphic user interface of the Climate data Service. MEA is a multi-product satellite...
New interactive online map shows forest loss and gain from 2000-2012
Mon Nov 18 2013
A new high-resolution global map has been created as an interactive online tool that shows forest loss and gain from 2000 to 2012. "This is the first map of forest change that is globally consistent and locally relevant," said Prof Matthew Hansen of the University of Maryland, who led the project team which developed the map with the additional help of Google Earth.
Based on 650,000 satellite...
South Korea develops new GIS-based weather model to forecast disasters
Fri Nov 15 2013
Recognizing how important it is to find innovative solutions to save lives and reduce economic losses, researchers from the High Impact Weather Research Centre (HIWRC) at South Korea’s Gangneung-Wonju National University have developed a new device which could soon predict natural disasters before they even hit. Natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes, drought and tsunamis have a...
Somalia affected by unusual tropical cyclone
Thu Nov 14 2013
Somalia experienced one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in its history when on November 10–11, 2013, Tropical cyclone 3A moved over Puntland causing flash floods that according to news reports left more than 100 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes as well as thousands of livestock. It was estimated that Tropical Cyclone 3A would dump 100-200 millimeters (4-8 inches) of rain, with potentially...
ESA's GOCE satellite finishes successful career
Wed Nov 13 2013
On 11 November 2013, ESA’s GOCE satellite reentered Earth’s atmosphere on a descending orbit while most of it disintegrated, as expected, within the high atmosphere. The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – GOCE – was launched in March 2009 to map with precision variations in Earth’s gravity. A proof of the success of this mission is the most accurate shape of the ‘geoid...
Why Colorado’s wildfires are becoming more destructive
Wed Nov 13 2013
Some wildfire experts state that the expansion of communities in Colorado’s Fire Zone during the last decades is an important factor to understand the increasing destruction caused by wildfires of the area. The six most destructive fires in Colorado prior to 2000 destroyed an average of 15 homes, according to the Colorado State Forest Service. However, in the last years Colorado’s wildfires have...
New edition of Global Climate Risk Index
Tue Nov 12 2013
In November 2013 Germanwatch published the 9th edition of the Global Climate Risk Index for which the most recent data available —from 1993 to 2012— were taken into account. The Global Climate Risk Index 2014 analyses to what extent the impacts of weather-related loss events have affected countries around the globe.
This year's edition of the Climate Risk Index reconfirms that less developed...
Vietnam: International Charter activated due to Typhoon Haiyan
Mon Nov 11 2013
On 10 November 2013, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for Vietnam, where Tropical Storm Haiyan made landfall on early Monday morning bringing concerns whether it will cause widespread flooding. The activation of the Charter was requested by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA, in order to support the affected country with satellite-based information. The rainfall...
NASA's Aqua satellite sees Super Typhoon Haiyan from Space
Mon Nov 11 2013
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired am image of Super Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines on 8 November 2013. The image was acquired at 2:10 p.m. local time (5:10 UTC), when winds were estimated to be 270 km/h (165 mph). On 7 November, NASA had already captured the storm from Space before it made landfall.
NASA reported: "Super Typhoon...
The Philippines: International Charter activated due to Typhoon
Fri Nov 8 2013
On November 8, 2013 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated, as requested by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA, due to the landfall made by super typhoon Haiyan over the central Philippines at 04:40, local time. The typhoon, known locally as Yolanda, constitutes a category five storm which has brought winds as strong as 314 km/h, making analysts believe it may be one of...
Remote Sensing: Global market to rise to 12 billion USD by 2019
Thu Nov 7 2013
A new study by BBC Research LLC, has found that the global market for remote sensing technologies will continuously grow and should reach $12.1 billion by 2019, as Spar Point Group reported. The study includes forecasts for 20 end-user markets in 39 countries. The authors of the study point out that these advances in geographic information systems (GIS) technology have “blurred previous...
Indonesia: International Charter activated after volcanic eruption
Wed Nov 6 2013
On 03 November 2013, the Mount Sinabung on the island of Sumatra erupted for the third time in three months, causing an ash plume 7 km high. This event led to the evacuation of the area and the activation of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters on November 5, as requested by USGS on behalf of Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to support with the assessment of...
How fire-detecting satellites could prevent wildfires
Wed Nov 6 2013
A fire-detecting satellite has been designed by scientists from University of California, Berkeley with the goal of preventing hot spots from growing to out of control fires in the future. Through the use of state-of-the-art sensors and an analysis software to snap pictures of the ground every few seconds, the satellite called the Fire Urgency Estimator in Geosynchronous Orbit (FUEGO), would...
Official launch of AfriGEOSS at AfricaGIS2013/GSDI14
Wed Nov 6 2013
During the AfricaGIS2013/GSDI14, held this week in Addis Abeba, AfriGEOSS was launched on 5 November 2013. AfriGEOSS is an initiative by the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) aimed at building infrastructural capacities in Africa to benefit from geospatial data for sustainable development.
GEO states: "The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is playing a key...
AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI World Conference inaugurated in Ethiopia
Tue Nov 5 2013
The combined AfricaGIS 2013 and GSDI World Conference was inaugurated in Addis Ababa on 4 November 2013. The conference is jointly by EIS-Africa, the GSDI Association, the International Geospatial Society, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Addis Ababa University and takes place from 4 to 8 November 2013.
AfricaGIS is the largest regularly occurring GIS conference in...
ICIMOD: Grants Programme for utilizing geospatial Tools and Services
Mon Nov 4 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office located in Nepal, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), has announced a Request for Proposals for the SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Program. The goal of the programme is to help growing the network of organizations, universities and institutions within the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region that utilize geospatial tools and services...
Colombia: IGAC publishes USGS Landsat 8 Products Guide
Mon Nov 4 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, IGAC, has published a guide in Spanish for the use and processing of LDCM-Landsat 8 products. It was elaborated by IGAC's Centre remote sensing Group and Geographic Applications (CIAF), which is an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, dedicated to...
UNOOSA Director visits Regional Support Office in I.R. Iran
Mon Nov 4 2013
On 17 October 2013, UNOOSA's Director, Mazlan Othman, visited UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office (RSO) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, hosted by the Iran Space Agency (ISA). In the Alborz Space Centre, the experts presented UN-SPIDER RSO activities and services. Other topics discussed included dust storm monitoring in the Middle East, mapping of incoming solar radiation, drought...
UN-SPIDER organizes interactive training session for NDRCC
Fri Nov 1 2013
From 21 to 22 October 2013, the UN-SPIDER Beijing office will organize an interactive training session in Beijing, China to strengthen the capacity of the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) to effectively embed Space technologies in their activities. Focusing on Disaster Risk assessment (especially flood and drought), relief needs assessment, situation analysis, early warning...