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The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) launched the South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) online portal. The SADMS is an early warning drought monitoring tool that provides weekly maps of drought conditions produced through the combination of satellite images of vegetation, weather data, soil moisture levels and crop yield information.  The online portal was presented at a regional workshop in New Delhi on 30 January 2017, where use of satellite data and ICT for drought monitoring was discussed.

The new portal provides near-real time information on drought and helps in data sharing and viewing of all available drought maps for the entire region. South Asia routinely suffers from... read more

Publishing Date: 08/02/2017
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Typhoons Sarika and Haima. Image: NASA

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated on 25 October 2016, for Typhoon Haima which stroked Philippines on 19 October 2016. The request for activation was due to the destruction and the fatalities Haima has left on the northern part of the country. 

The activation of the charter was requested by the UNITAR'S Operational Satellite Applications Program on behalf of UNOCHA. 

CNN reported that the country was affected by two typhoons on the same week, being Sarika the first and Haima the latest. The winds reached the 315 kilometers per hour and left approximately 15.000 thousand people in shelters and 60.000 affected. The storm left heavy rain and powerful winds. For more information on this click... read more

Publishing Date: 26/10/2016
Himalaya space photograph. Image: NASA

The UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office ICIMOD published a research article on Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems's application for environmental purposes. The study aims to show the importance of using information provided by remote sensing (RS) and geographic information system (GIS) to  monitor and  understand the environment and its changes. The geographic area analyzed, Hindu Kusch Himalayan (HKH), is the largest mountain system in the world and extends from Myanmar, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, and Nepal to Pakistan hosting approximately 200 million people. The area has been experiencing... read more

Publishing Date: 25/10/2016
Image courtesy of the USGS, ShakeMap.

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurs in central Myanmar, next to the archeological site of Bagan on the 24 of August 2016.

4 people died in the disaster and dozens of historical buildings including pagodas, temples, monasteries and other structures were destroyed, according to the BBC

An aftershock of magnitude 7.0 is expected and could affect Thailand said Suwit Khosuwan on the 25 of August, senior official of the Thai Department of Mineral Resources to the... read more

Publishing Date: 26/08/2016

On the 1st of August, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some images of large dust storm over the Taklimakan desert.

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Publishing Date: 06/08/2016
Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United-States, a tropical cyclone named Nida reached Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China. 

Winds of up to 145km per hours swept some parts of the city according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Many flights were canceled as well as public transportations were stopped due to the meteorological conditions. The storm is expecting reaching the province of Guangdong, leaving the PRC on alert. Flooding is expecting on the... read more

Publishing Date: 03/08/2016
Image courtesy of NASA, created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided by the joint Global Agricultural Monitoring Project between NASA, USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and the University of Maryland

Drought is a hazard which can affect the lives of millions of people around the world. This phenomena can seriously threaten the livelihoods based on subsistence agriculture. Tradiationally, meteorological offices or departments use rainfall... read more

Publishing Date: 13/06/2016


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