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SUPARCO: Monitoring floods of Punjab rivers from space

Floods in Pakistan observed by ESA's Envisat satellite in 2010 (Image: ESA)

The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan announced that all rivers of Punjab will be monitored by satellites operated by SUPARCO. The aim is to receive updated information of flow of water in rivers and nullahs in order to monitor floods.

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India shares concept note for SAARC satellite

Satellite view of India (Image: NASA)

India has prepared a concept note of the new SAARC satellite (tentatively called SAARC SAT) to the other members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), in preparation of a special meeting this week. SAARC is an economic and geopolitical organisation of eight countries that are primarily located in South Asia or Indian subcontinent.

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UN-SPIDER supports International Workshop on Supporting Future Earth with Global Geo-information

UN-SPIDER's programme coordinator, Luc St-Pierre, speaking at the international workshop

The UN-SPIDER Beijing Office in cooperation with the National Geomatics Center of China (NGCC), the Chinese National Committee for Future Earth (CNC-FE), the UN Project Management Office (National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation - NASG) and LIESMARS - Wuhan University co-organized the "International Workshop on Supporting Future Earth with Global Geo-information" from 9 to 10 June, Beijing, China.

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UN-SPIDER and partners conclude EAS and ASEAN workshops

Nearly 50 government representatives and experts from 11 countries, 7 regional and international organizations and 14 research institutes attended the workshop

From 2 to 5 June 2015 UN-SPIDER, the National

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UN-SPIDER and partners conclude EAS and ASEAN workshops

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Geospatial information system for disaster management in Pacific Island countries

Floods in the Fiji archipelago (Image: AusAID)

A major regional geospatial information system and other innovative risk assessment tools are being developed to assist Pacific Island countries to undertake evidence-based decision making in development planning and finance as was announced during a four-day workshop from 9 to 12 June 2015 in Suva, Fiji with the participation of Pacific region government representatives and development partners.

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ICIMOD: New app to improve disaster relief

“Disaster Reporting” app is now freely available in Google Play (Image: ICIMOD)

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ISDR Asia partnership meeting to implement Sendai Framework

Seventeen of the world’s most disaster-prone countries from Asia have been discussing how to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Image: US Navy)

The first International Strategy for

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Space agencies from UAE and UK cooperate to develop mapping applications

Satellite image of UAE by DubaiSat-1 (Image: EIAST)

Deimos Space UK and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the UAE have joined in a year-long project to get more valuable data from their satellites DubaiSat and Deimos.

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International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

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IWMI has been inducted as the 16th Regional Support Office (RSO) for UN-SPIDER. An Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was signed with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) on the sidelines of the 6th RSO Meeting in Vienna, Austria on 5 and 6 February 2015. The UN-SPIDER RSO will be housed in IWMI’s Water Availability, Risk and Resilience (WR) Theme, which promotes the use of spaced-based information and GIS on water-related disaster risk management to promote innovative solutions to address the challenge of disaster risk in Asia and Africa.

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IWMI employs nearly 330 staff. IWMI’s research focuses on the key water challenges poor communities face-issues that affect people’s livelihoods and health, as well as the integrity of the environmental services on which they depend. Research thus examines the “water-food-environment nexus”, adopting a multi-disciplinary approach and balancing efficiency and productivity objectives with equity and sustainability concerns. Seven key Research Themes help IWMI to more effectively produce impact for the benefit of poor farmers, whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and for whom access to water for productive purposes is a key constraint. IWMI recognizes the scope for a more proactive role in knowledge application to increase impact-particularly by interacting closely with other research institutes, policymakers, donors, partners and user communities. IWMI’s scientist cover wide-range of disciplines – water management specialist, hydrologist, economist, water resource engineer, irrigation specialist, GIS and RS Specialist, Software developer, Geospatial ‎ Programmer, information management specialist, communication specialist, monitoring and evaluation specialist and Uptake coordinator.

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The GIS, Remote Sensing and Data Management Unit is responsible for development of geospatial databases for research themes including Water-related disaster risk management and are served using Water Data Portal. The portal provides information of satellite images, maps and information products.

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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries. It is headquartered in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with regional offices across Asia and Africa. IWMI works in partnership with governments, civil society and the private sector to develop scalable agricultural water management solutions that have a real impact on poverty reduction, food security and ecosystem health. IWMI is a member of CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food-secure future. 

Through research, policy development, capacity building and knowledge sharing, IWMI:

  • provides an insight into water and land management from field to basin scales;
  • analyzes biophysical and socioeconomic processes;
  • assesses trade-offs of alternative development scenarios, taking a nexus perspective;
  • incorporates ecosystem approaches into agricultural systems;
  • assesses performance and identify solutions for agricultural water management – large- and small-scale;
  • improves resilience to climate shocks - provide flood and drought analysis for planning and response, and analysis of big data in real time;
  • identifies groundwater solutions – reducing overuse and recharging for resilience; and
  • promotes recovery and the safe reuse of organic waste and wastewater in agriculture.
Giriraj Amarnath, Ph.D. Senior Researcher – Remote Sensing and Water Resources International Water Management Institute (IWMI), 127, Sunil Mawatha, Pelawatte Colombo<br/>Sri Lanka<br/> Phone: +94-11-2880000<br/> Fax: +94-11-2786854<br/> Mobile: +94-773295303<br/> Website: <a href="http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/">www.iwmi.cgiar.org</a>

India and USA: Cooperation to monitor earth changes in high detail

NISAR: the NASA-ISRO SAR Mission (Image: NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are working together on a project to monitor earth changes in high detail.

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