IGAC, the Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, as part of the celebration of its 80 year anniversary, is presenting the sixth edition of the International Geomatics Week. This time the event will take place between 10 and 14 August of 2015 at the Wyndham Hotel Bogota, Colombia.
An agreement signed by all South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) states (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and India) is underway to promote a rapid response to natural disasters.
On Saturday, 25 April 2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and India with several aftershocks following on Saturday and Sunday. GDACS estimates that 6.5 million people are affected.
On Saturday, 25 April 2015 6:11UTC, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 and a depth of 15km struck Nepal affecting 6.5 Million people within 100km (cf. GDACS). On the 12th of May a magnitude 7.3 earthquake occurred with an epicenter close to Mount Everest, 18km South East of Kodari at 7:05:19 UTC (12.35 am local time) followed by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 7:36:53 UTC, 33km NNE of Ramechhap (cf. USGS). It occurred at a depth of 11.5 miles. A number of smaller aftershocks were recorded by the USGS. These aftershocks caused more buildings to collapse and landslides to occur.To support the response to the disaster, several actors are involved in producing useful information. UN-SPIDER compiles this information here to make it easily accessible.
The Bangladeshi Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) can now better predict disasters caused by floods thanks to the JASON-2 satellite, developed by SERVIR and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD).
From 5 to 9 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and the Department of
From 5 to 9 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in Bangladesh jointly organised the five-day course "Earth observation technologies for disaster damage and loss assessment" in Dhaka.
UN-SPIDER concludes training workshop in Bangladesh
UN-SPIDER is planning to conduct two training programmes in April.
UN-SPIDER is planning to conduct two training programmes in April for officials of Bangladesh and Bhutan. From 5 to 9 April 2015, the programme is jointly organizing the five-day course "Earth observation technologies for disaster damage and loss assessment". From 13 to 17 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan are offering a training for Bhutanese officials on "Response and recovery preparedness".
On 15 May, 2013, UNITAR/UNOSAT, on behalf of UNOCHA, activated the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to obtain satellite-derived image-products for the impact of tropical cyclone Mahasen.