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Coseismic displacement field from InSAR and GPS data. Image: Remote Sens. 2018, 10(6), 899; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10060899

Spanish and Ecuadorian researchers have developed a new methodology to estimate faults and volcanoes that can be activated in a region after an earthquake. The approach consist in evaluating changes of static stress on the surrounding faults and volcanoes and producing maps of potentially activated faults and volcanoes.

The main goal of the study is to achieve an effective transfer of knowledge and scientific techniques to non-expert users who are responsible for the management of disasters and risks.

The study was led by researchers from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Topography, Geodesy and... read more

Publishing Date: 05/11/2018
Geohazard TEP video screenshot. Courtesy of ESA

Satellite archives information combined with a new cloud computing platform offer early warning of landslides. An example of this is Carmenes del Mar resort, in the south coast of Spain, that suffered from landslides leaving homes destructed. Combining radar images from various satellites, a team of Spanish researches from the group Analisis del Relieve y Procesos Activos (ARPA) could detect motion of less than a centimeter per year.

Minimal shifts are highlighted in rainbow-like patterns when consecutive radar images of the same site are combined. Traditionally the detection of imperceptible changes was particularly complex requiring a longer period of time. Now it is possible to use new computing services supported by ESA which allow easier and faster use of satellite information.

The online... read more

Publishing Date: 29/11/2016
Landslide affected area in Spain. Image: ESA

Satellite archives combined with new cloud computing platform offer early warning of landslides. An example of this is Carmenes del Mar resort, in the south coast of Spain. Combining radar images from various satellites, a team of Spanish researches from the group Analisis del Relieve y Procesos Activos (ARPA) could detect motion of less than a centimeter per year.

Minimal shifts are highlighted in rainbow-like patterns when consecutive radar images of the same site are combined. Traditionally the detection of imperceptible changes was particularly complex requiring a longer period of time. Now it is possible to use new computing services supported by ESA which allow easier and faster use of satellite information.

The online Geohazards Explotation Platform permits the flawless, browsing, access and... read more

Publishing Date: 29/11/2016
Grading map to monitor fires in the South of Spain (Image: Copernicus)

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated by the Spanish Civil Protection Authorities on July 9 after two different fires strongly affected the South of Spain since the beginning of July.

As explained in the Copernicus website, on July 5 a forest fire began in the municipality of Quesada in Jaén province and then spread to neighbouring municipalities. A second forest fire started on July 8 in the area of Lujar in Granada province. The fire reached other municipalities, including Rubite, Gualchos-Castell de Ferro, Órgiva, and Motril.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has provided both "Delineation maps" (maps showing the extent of the forest fires) and "Grading maps" (maps showing the damages... read more

Publishing Date: 13/07/2015
Iberian Peninsula satellite image (Image: ESA)

Deimos-2, Spain’s first Very High Resolution Earth Observation satellite launched on the 24th of June 2014, celebrates its first successful year in orbit. It has travelled more than 230 million km and recorded 18,000 images, covering an area of 3.2 million square km.

Its imagery can be applied to several activities, mainly to agricultural and environmental monitoring, water administration and ... read more

Publishing Date: 25/06/2015

Indra agreed with the European Space Agency (ESA) the definition of the requirements for the system that will manage the Spanish satellite Ingenio. The technological company leads the development, implementation and start-up of the ground segment for the future Spanish ground-based optical observation satellite, which will be ready to enter into service in 2015. With this important milestone, Indra, along with the consortium, firmly undertakes the review of the preliminary design for the second half of the year. Indra has been awarded a contract to lead the project by the Ministry of Industry and became responsible for the integration, installation, testing and start-up of the ground segments for the two satellites in the Spanish National... read more

Publishing Date: 28/09/2012

The top award at the Global Mobile Awards, presented in Barcelona yesterday, went to three Japanese operators for their "spirit of collaboration, technological ingenuity and human determination in the face of a disaster of immeasurable proportion".

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona yesterday, industry body GSMA named Japanese mobile operators KDDI, NTT DoCoMo and Softbank Mobile as joint recipients of the 2012 GSMA Chairman's Award. The Chairman's Award, established in 1996, is the GSMA's most prestigious award and recognises outstanding contribution to the growth and development of mobile communications around the world. This year's award recognises KDDI, NTT DoCoMo and Softbank Mobile for their efforts in responding to and driving the... read more

Publishing Date: 29/02/2012

Spain is on track to become the first European country to have a dual Earth observation system, radar and optical, for both civilian and military use. Defense Minister Carme Chacon said radar technology installed on the satellite, which is totally of Spanish design and manufacture, will enable up to 100 images of the Earth's surface to be taken per day at a resolution of up to 1 yard. In three years' time, this capacity will be joined by that of the Ingenio satellite and its optical technology. "With the Paz and Ingenio satellites, our military will have their own observation systems, thus multiplying our... read more

Publishing Date: 05/07/2011

Event

The 10-day course will cover all aspects of satellite navigation, up to and including the creation of a satnav-based business.

Hosted by the University of Barcelona at the four-star Hotel Alimara, the Summer School is open to graduate students, PhDs and postdoctoral researchers, as well as young engineers and academics working within industry or agencies, aged 35 or younger.

Internationally renowned scientists and specialists will be giving lectures as well as overseeing practical exercises and lab work.

Participants will receive a full-spectrum overview of satellite navigation, starting from the theoretical basis of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), its signals, the processing performed by signal receivers and how the position-navigation-time solution is worked out... read more

Uno de los principales objetivos de estas Jornadas es el fortalecimiento de las capacidades a nivel Técnico Municipal para los responsables de la toma de decisiones a nivel local y responsables técnicos de la planificación, desarrollo, gestión de riesgos y coordinación de la respuesta ante potenciales desastres para, conjuntamente, diseñar e implementar planes y programas más efectivos para la reducción de riesgos de desastres, y consecuentemente, para un incremento gradual de la resiliencia en las comunidades que representan. Al mismo tiempo es también uno de los principales objetivos de esta Jornada la transmisión de conocimientos y habilidades para formar nuevos formadores que puedan luego expandir el conocimiento y la información en sus respectivas comunidades para la mejora constante de la Resiliencia en el archipiélago Canario.

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·         Risk, hazard and capacipty maps

·         and capacity assessments

·         Community based disaster risk reduction

·         Early warning systems

·         Natural hazards

Disaster

14 killed

Source : Emdat

The fire, which began on 31 July, destroyed around 1,000 hectares of land on La Palma Island and forced some 4,000 evacuations.

Source : Charters for "Space and Major Disasters"

National Focal Point

Contact Person
Ms Pilar Gallego Berruezo
General Director for Civil Protection and Emergencies
Minister of Interior, Spain
Tel: +34 915373300
Email: dgpc [at] procivil.mir.es

Contact Person
Ms Pilar Gallego Berruezo
General Director for Civil Protection and Emergencies
Minister of Interior, Spain
Tel: +34 915373300
Email: dgpc [at] procivil.mir.es

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The Estación Experimental de Aula Dei (EEAD) is a Research Institute of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) and is devoted to Agricultural Sciences. The CSIC is a public research institution  of the Ministry of Science and Innovation. The EEAD is located in the Gallego river valley near the Aula Dei Carthusian Monastery on the Montañana Road 13 Kms from downtown Zaragoza.

The EEAD, together with other Centres, constitute the so-called Aula Dei Campus, whose goals are the study, teaching and dissemination of the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. These Centres are: Zaragoza Mediterranean Agronomy Institute / Mediterranean Higher Education Centre (IAMZ/CIHEAM); Food and Agriculture Research Service (SIA), Agro-environmental Laboratory, and Seed and Tree Nursery Centre of the ... read more

The objective of the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness is to proposal and implementation of the Government's policy on economic issues, and to push for reforms aimed at improving competitiveness, scientific research, technological development and innovation in all sectors. It is also in charge of trade policy and support to companies, as well as other capacities and duties conferred by law.

With 75 years of history, the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE) is the center of the oldest Council of Scientific Research (CSIC) of Aragon and one of the oldest in Spain. The main objective of the IPE is to understand how terrestrial ecosystems function and are organized by investigating the impacts that occur in them as a result of Global Change, that is, the influence of climate variability and human activities at different spatial scales and temporary


The IPE was founded in 1942, in Jaca, as a support station for researchers interested in the Pyrenees. In 1984, it merged with the Pyrenean Center of Experimental Biology to give place to the current Pyrenean Institute of Ecology and since 1990, it has a headquarters in Zaragoza.


Throughout its history, the IPE has... read more

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