Africa

Nigeria plans to develop its own satellite

The Niger delta (Image:ESA)

Nigeria plans to develop, manufacture and launch its own satellite by 2030, according to Dr. Spencer Onu, the Center for Satellite Technology Development’s (CSTD) Director. He also added that the components needed for building the space artifact are presently being developed.

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Mon, 29/06/2015 - 14:38

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Zambia - Technical Advisory Mission

UN-SPIDER and its team of experts carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Zambia from 26 to 30 May 2014. The TAM was conducted upon invitation of the Office of the Vice-President, Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU).

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Mon, 26/05/2014 to Fri, 30/05/2014

Mission Profile: 

The team met with about 15 key stakeholder agencies in the country including the Survey Department, the Meteorological Service or the National Remote Sensing Centre. The experts took stock of issues such as policy gaps, availability of satellite data and geospatial information for all relevant institutions, the current use of space-based information in the country, and data sharing practice. The team also looked at challenges and constraints, existing capacity and further training needs, established institutional linkages and ways to strengthen disaster risk reduction and emergency response at the country level.

As a first follow up of the TAM, information was shared on data collection and very high resolution data acquisition options, seeing the high interest of the host institutions to work immediately on the implementation of the agreed recommendations. Meetings were also extended to various UN agencies with disaster-management responsibilities locally, and presentations on best practices were made at a workshop at the end of the mission.

A one-day workshop introduced participants to the potential of space-based technologies for disaster management and to best practices, and looked at options to improve their usage in Zambia.

Mission Findings: 

Zambia is in many ways advanced in its use of technology and its ability to use geospatial data. Its main needs are to set up a national spatial data infrastructure, to expand data-sharing, and to obtain access to regular Earth observations and high-resolution data from public and commercial sources.

Mission Recommendations: 

  • To collect additional remote sensing data and analysis for early warning;
  • To collect weather information in real time and to set up a denser network of weather stations to provide more accurate and timely information about the local situation;
  • To compile climate change resiliency information and related plans;  
  • To set up flood plain and risk mapping and an early warning system for floods; (e) To develop flash flood modelling and prediction capabilities;
  • To build capacity for remote sensing and the geographic information system and raise awareness, making optimal use of low-cost approaches and free data sources, applications, technologies and services;
  • To set up a fire warning system, recruit more fire watch staff and acquire more fire watch facilities and modelling tools;
  • To collect specific upper atmospheric data and models;
  • To develop a national high resolution digital elevation model;
  • To promote access to radar imagery and develop related processing capability.

 

RCMRD: Stakeholder Workshop on the Use of MODIS Data for Early Warning

Group photo of the workshop's participants (Image: RCMRD)

On Thursday June 4th a one-day workshop on the “Use of Modis Data for Early Warning,

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Wed, 10/06/2015 - 11:34

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IWMI: Training on Earth observation for flood risk mapping

Approximately 30 experts participated in the workshop and training (Image: IWMI)

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Sri Lanka, the International Water Management Institute IWMI, conducted a training on "Earth Observation Technologies for Flood-risk Mapping and Forecast Rating Curve for Flood Recession Agriculture in Nigeria".

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Wed, 27/05/2015 - 13:19

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Africa starts using the potential of space technology

Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden from the International Space Station (Image: NASA)

In recent years, many African countries have started using the potential and usefulness of space technology more and more, as an article in The Conversation points out. In sub-Saharan Africa, these are mostly Nigeria and South Africa.

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Tue, 12/05/2015 - 13:56

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Digital Globe: First complete satellite imagery base map of Africa now available

All african countries are covered in the first complete satellite imagery base map of the continent. (Image: NASA)

DigitalGlobe announced on 28 April 28 the first complete and consistent high resolution satellite imagery base map for Africa. The map is unique through its high level of detail: a 50 cm ground resolution for all countries in Africa. It is the first map that covers the whole continent and not only small areas of interest.

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Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:32

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Algeria: Alsat-2A satellite imagery shows vegetation recovering after forest fires

Image of Aïn Témouchent province captured by Alsat-2A on 12 March 2015 (Image: ASAL)

Through satellite-bases research, the Algerian Space Agency ASAL has found a positive vegetation recovering of the forest areas located in the Aïn Témouchent province after the damages caused by wildfires in 2014.

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Tanzania: New agency for disaster risk reduction

Flooding in Tanzania in 2010 (Image: NASA)

Tanzania will create a new agency for emergency

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Wed, 08/04/2015 - 11:52

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South Africa plans to launch Earth observation satellite in 2019

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, captured by the Proba-V satellite in January 2015 (Image: ESA/VITO)

South Africa will launch an Earth observation satellite in 2019, as the head of the South African National Space Agency Sansa, Sandile Malinge, announced to a newspaper.

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Tue, 07/04/2015 - 07:04

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Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

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RCMRD

The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a cooperation agreement on the occasion of the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop – “Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for

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At a glance: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya is hosted by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).

Available expertise: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office hosted by RCMRD has staff with varied expertise in applied geo-informatics and geo-management with the combined experience of more than 35 years of its existence.

Facilities and infrastructure:

RCMRD has 3 computer laboratories, 4MBps up/down Internet, 2 Satellite dishes for products download and state of the art servers for geoprocessing.

Available databases and space-based information: 

Space Based:

  • Landsat Products- MSS,TM, ETM (+)
  • Envisat Products- MERIS, ASAR, ATSAR
  • EUMETSAT Products- MSG, METOP,SAF-LSA, SEVIRI,VGT4Africa, MODIS Fire, etc
  • SPOT SCENE Coverage
  • QUICKBIRD/WORLDVIEW Coverage
  • IKONOS/GEOEYE Coverage, etc

 

Other datasets:

  • Selected topographic maps
  • Regional vector databases

 

About the host institution: 

RCMRD, established in 1975, is a premier centre of excellence in the provision of geo-information and allied information communication applications. As part of its mandate, RCMRD, through its programme on early warning, offers capacity building, research, development and innovation services utilizing space technology for disaster risk reduction, disaster management and emergency response.

Capacity Building: 

  • CREST hydrological model
<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Mr. Laurent Vincent Mtaroni</em><br /> Ag. Dir Remote Sensing, GIS and Mapping Department<br /> +25472 3786161<br /> <a href="lvmtaroni@rcmrd.org">lvmtaroni@rcmrd.org</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Alternative Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Denis Macharia</em><br /> Disaster Lead, RCMRD/SERVIR-Africa<br /> Phone +25472 3786161<br /> <a href="mailto:dmacharia@rcmrd.org">dmacharia@rcmrd.org</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development<br /> Off Kasarani Road<br /> Nairobi<br /> Kenya<br /> <a target="_blank" title="http://www.rcmrd.org" href="http://www.rcmrd.org">http://www.rcmrd.org</a></p>

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