Thailand Floods 2011
Mon Oct 17 2011
Thailand is currently facing its worst flooding in 50 years. Flood waters have swamped more than two-thirds of the country, submerging rice fields and shutting down hundreds of factories while over 900,000 families and businesses have been impacted and hundreds of lives have been tragically lost. National relief efforts are now focused on providing essential food, clean water and shelter to...
Satellite images reveal extent of Rena oil leak
Mon Oct 17 2011
A new satellite image that shows the likely spread of oil from the Rena suggests things may be worse than many realise.
The satellite image was captured by DLR, the German Aerospace Centre, by its TerraSAR satellite on Friday and shows the likely spread of oil from the ship, which remains stuck on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga.
The ship has spilled more than 350 tonnes of oil...
Faster satellite data for more GMES users
Thu Oct 13 2011
Broader and improved access to satellite data is boosting the Global Monitoring for environment and Security programme.
The aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information. This will improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and support decision-making...
How space technology aids a flood response
Tue Oct 11 2011
BANGKOK, 11 October 2011 (IRIN) - As residents across flood-ravaged Southeast Asia look up to the skies and brace for more rain, satellites 35,800km away are looking down on them.
Space technology has become a critical tool in protecting people from disasters in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, where more than 6.5 million people have been affected by recent flooding and at...
Satellite data plus conservation equals better crop yields
Wed Oct 5 2011
[NEW DELHI] Combining remote sensing technology with water and soil conservation techniques can help raise crop yields in South Asia, scientists have reported.
satellite data can help identify specific problems on farmlands such as moisture shortage, excessive soil wetness and flood occurrence.
Using the data along with appropriate resource conserving technology (RCT) will increase productivity...
UN-SPIDER supports the Russian Federation’s efforts to boost the use of space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in Central Asia
Tue Oct 4 2011
UN-SPIDER is committed to ensuring an increase in the support provided to all countries in accessing and using space-based information for disaster risk management and Emergency response, including to all Central Asian countries in cooperation with the Russian Federation.
From 7 to 8 September 2011 an international seminar was organized by the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of...
Satellites predict city hot spots
Thu Sep 29 2011
Satellites are helping to forecast the location of urban areas most affected during heat waves, helping planners to design cooler, more comfortable cities.
The temperature in densely urbanised areas can be several degrees higher than in nearby rural areas – a phenomenon known as the ‘urban heat island’ effect. These ‘heat islands’ are particularly noticeable at night...
NASA sees Typhoon Nesat nearing landfall in northern Philippines
Tue Sep 27 2011
NASA's Terra satellite saw the western edges of typhoon Nesat brushing the eastern Philippines yesterday as Luzon prepares for a landfall today. Warning Signals are in effect throughout the northern Philippines as the typhoon nears.
NASA's Terra satellite flew over Typhoon Nesat yesterday. Nesat is known locally in the Philippines as "Pedring." NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging...
The Philippines to use sophisticated geohazard map for disaster reduction
Mon Sep 19 2011
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) received a high-resolution geohazard map as part of the Php260 million (USD 5,996,310) grant awarded by the Australian Agency for International Development and Geoscience Australia.
The geohazard map which will be used to support the government’s disaster...
New Oil Monitoring research project coordinated by KSAT
Fri Sep 16 2011
A new three-year 3 million Euro project, Multisensor satellite Technologies for Oil Pollution Monitoring and Source Identification (SeaU), funded by the European Commission through FP 7 is established to develop the next generation satellite based oil monitoring service. SeaU, led by Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), Norway brings together the leading European experts in research and...
NASA Satellites Busy at the Peak of Hurricane Season
Fri Sep 16 2011
During the first two weeks of September, and the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season, NASA satellites were keeping tabs on a number of tropical systems. NASA’s Aqua, Terra, EO-1 and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellites provided rainfall rates, cloud height, cloud temperature, sea surface temperatures, and extent of cloud cover throughout the life of all the tropical...
Monitoring Volcanic Ash and Impacts on Agriculture: CSA, NASA and World Bank Cooperation
Wed Sep 14 2011
Within the framework of the international Committee on satellite Earth Observation (CEOS), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is collaborating with NASA on various projects helping to monitor, manage and respond to natural disasters. This partnership offers CSA and NASA the opportunity to share Earth Observation (EO) data acquired by Canadian and American satellites for the purpose of scientific...
Satellites improve disaster monitoring efficiency in China
Mon Sep 12 2011
Two small Disaster monitoring satellites, launched in 2008, have allowed China to more rapidly monitor natural disasters with greater range, said the National Commission for Disaster Reduction Tuesday. Since the two satellites were put into operation in November 2008, they have provided government agencies with disaster information three to six times faster than previously, said a statement...
Syria: Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery Analysis to Identify Mass Human Rights Violations
Mon Sep 12 2011
What if we crowdsourced satellite imagery analysis of key cities in Syria to identify evidence of mass human rights violations? This is precisely the question that my colleagues at Amnesty International USA’s Science for Human Rights Program asked me following this pilot project I coordinated for Somalia. AI-USA has done similar work in the past with their Eyes on Darfur project, which I...
Uganda plans early warning ICT system
Mon Sep 12 2011
Telecoms regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission in collaboration with the International Telecommunications Union are jointly developing an early warning system that will provide public alerts to people in case of Disaster prediction, detection and mitigation.
According to the UCC executive director Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi, in light of the recent natural and man-made disasters in...
Fires in Bolivia
Thu Sep 8 2011
Fires burned throughout Bolivia in early September 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on September 2, 2011.
Red outlines indicate areas where MODIS has detected high surface temperatures associated with actively burning fires. In many places, the smoke from these blazes is thick enough to completely hide...
OpenStreetMap’s New Micro-Tasking Platform for Satellite Imagery Tracing
Wed Sep 7 2011
The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team’s (HOT) response to Haiti remains one of the most remarkable examples of what’s possible when volunteers, open source software and open data intersect. When the 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck on January 12th, 2010, the Google Map of downtown Port-au-Prince was simply too incomplete to be used for humanitarian response. Within days, however, several...
International Charter develops geographic tool to provide information about satellite data used for activations
Fri Sep 2 2011
The Charter has developed a geographic tool in order to display footprints and characteristics of satellite data provided in the frame of each activation. This catalogue contains no data but rather metadata describing the images acquired by a range of satellites during Charter activations.
Since the creation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters in 2000, over 3,000 images...
Plans for Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka taking shape
Fri Sep 2 2011
At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, UN-SPIDER planned the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Sri Lanka from 17 to 21 October 2011. A team of experts will meet with key Disaster management authorities in the Government, UN agencies, regional and international organizations and initiatives, as well as private entrepreneurs to discuss, make recommendations and develop guidelines to...
Review article on using Satellite Communication for Disaster Management will be published soon
Fri Sep 2 2011
The satellite Communication team of UN-SPIDER under the leadership of Yusuf Hascicek has completed a review article on “The Use of Satellite Communications for Disaster Management and Emergency Response”, which has been submitted to the International Journal of Emergency Management for publication.
The Satellite Communication team of UN-SPIDER under the leadership of Yusuf...