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UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is supporting two courses in the Summer University 2015 of the Central European University in Budapest (Image: CEU)

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is supporting two summer courses at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary this July. The application deadline for both courses is 15 March 2015.

Bridging ICTs and Environment - Making Information Talk and Technologies Work will take place from 6 to 10 July 2015 and is co-sponsored by UNOOSA's Programme for Space Applications. The course is furthermore supported by Esri, with support from the Eye on Earth Initiative and United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global Universities Partnership for Environment and Sustainability ( GUPES). It aims to bridge the gap between decision- and policy-makers and ICT technologies (e.g. GIS,... read more

Publishing Date: 13/03/2015
Satellite image of Lake Balaton (Image: Viktor Tóth)

Satellite technology allows to assess the quality of water on Earth through the visualization of pollution levels otherwise invisible to the human eye, as a recent study shows.

An international team of researchers from the University of Leicester, the Hungarian Academy of Science and industrial partners, has used the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument hosted on the ENVISAT satellite to measure pollution levels in lakes. These methods were not available for lakes until now due to the complex optical environments defined by a mix of different natural substances in the water.

The research focuses on Lake Balaton in Hungary, a popular tourist area especially vulnerable to environmental and meteorological changes that could result in the build-up of algae. Professor... read more

Publishing Date: 05/03/2015
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In early June this year, Hungary, along with Austria and Germany, was facing the largest-ever flood of the Danube. UN-SPIDER's Hungarian Regional Support Office (RSO) at Károly Róbert College, Gyöngyös, helped to manage the situation by processing archive satellite images, lidar data, highly precise orthophotos and hyperspectral and thermal data collection during the flood. The fellows of the RSO... read more

Publishing Date: 01/07/2013
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A scientific workshop about finishing the project “Establishment of an environmental monitoring and remote sensing laboratory at Károly Róbert University College” was held at the College at the end of 2012. This new laboratory provides an excellent opportunity for students to get information about the most recent Remote Sensing technologies and methods. Students working with these sensors (LIDAR, hyperspectral cameras, etc) will have an advantage when applying for higher quality jobs after finishing their studies over other applicants with similar qualifications. In addition, this laboratory extends the possibilities of scientific research and co-operation, too.

This laboratory is the only one in... read more

Publishing Date: 07/01/2013
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In cooperation with Galileo Group, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Hungary, the Karoly Robert University College, participated in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) flight operations and hyperspectral data collections for a NASA sponsored project to map sea grass beds and coral reefs in the Florida keys. Hyperspectral data collections can play a crucial role in environmental mapping and monitoring. The Galileo Group is an American technology company specializing in applied hyperspectral imaging.

The information contained in the hyperspectral data sets is used to establish sea grass bed location, extent and its photosynthetic... read more

Publishing Date: 18/12/2012
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UN-SPIDER’s Hungarian RSO, the Károly Róbert College, was the winner of the Hungarian national competition „Digital Hungarian Maps 2011”. Their wining database was set up to monitor the impacts of catastrophes on the environment, such as the 2010 Kolontar red mud catastrophe, the biggest environmental disaster in Hungary in recent years. The database contains laser scanned data and hyperspectral values... read more

Publishing Date: 07/05/2012
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On 7 February 2012, during the Forty-ninth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UN-SPIDER and the Karoly Robert University of Hungary signed the cooperation agreement to incorporate the Research Institute of Remote Sensing (RIRS) of the Faculty of Natural Resources Management and Rural Development in Gyongyos, Hungary, as the newest Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER Programme. RIRS conducts basic and applied remote sensing research, focusing on the applications of state-of-the-art remote sensing and GIS systems and on the development of techniques to enhance the usefulness of these systems in environmental applications. The Institute also offers a team of experienced professionals in the integration and deployment of various sensors, in remote sensing through... read more

Publishing Date: 12/03/2012

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Flood Risk Management is by definition dealing with uncertainty. Floods occur often enough, but the timing and location of flood events are uncertain, and so is the response of society. But the concepts and methods of flood risk analysis and management are progressively tuned to deal with this kind of uncertainties.

This challenge of scientific innovation and practical adaptation is too big for the current generation of scientists and practitioners. FLOODrisk2020 is therefore committed to attract, coach and listen to the next generation of scientists and practitioners who... read more

The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster ... read more

Geospatial technologies and... read more

The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster ... read more

The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary is organizing a workshop in July 2016 in cooperation with the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).  The workshop focuses on Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction. 

The workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster... read more

The Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary is organizing a workshop in July 2016 in cooperation with the  Bureau for Policy and Programme Support  of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).  The workshop focuses on Geospatial Technologies and Remote Sensing for Monitoring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

This workshop provides a timely opportunity to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and remote sensing, and their application to the monitoring of SDGs. These technologies can be applied to many of the 17 SDGs. 

For further information on the workshop and application procedures, please visit: http://isepei.org/geospatial-2016 or contact info [at] isepei.org. Limited financial support is available for... read more

The course builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction. The advances in ICT are increasingly empowering citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The ability of development workers to tap into this local energy and know-how, go beyond the usual suspects (e.g. NGOs, think tanks) and partner with outliers (e.g. citizens, informal groups) and link their efforts with the institutional response and resources will play a major role in supporting communities'... read more
This course aims at bridging the gap between environmental / public policy professionals and cutting-edge technologies and their practical application by bringing ICT developers and experts (e.g. the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Esri) into the classroom and arranging their direct communication with decision making groups, making data and emerging technologies more accessible, usable, and relevant for decision-making. An UNOOSA representative will be conducting an additional day-long workshop on remote sensing applications in environmental monitoring and natural resource management and an Esri representative will be conducting a day-long workshop on the potential application of Esri products in water management. In addition, the course will be featuring an array of faculty from leading global institutions, including representatives from the the... read more

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