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Global Risks 2015: Extreme weather events second biggest risk

The 2015 edition of the Global Risks report ranks extreme weather events among the two top risks.

The Global Risks Report 2015, issued by the World Economic Forum on 16 January 2015 finds extreme weather events the number two top global risk in terms of likelihood. It is exceeded only by interstate conflicts. Both are followed by failure of national governance systems (3), state collapse or crisis (4) and high structural unemployment or underemployment (5).

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New Satellite Search and Rescue systems to be developed

The project will benefit Search and Rescue centres.

NASA and the governments of Cyprus, Brunei and Argentina have recently invested in the development of new Search and Rescue (SAR) network infrastructure solutions and next-generation Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) systems.

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Wed, 14/01/2015 - 14:28

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SMOS: Measuring seawater salinity from space

Sea-surface salinity and ocean circulation

Surface seawater salinty plays a great role in ocean circulation and Earth's water cycle. The Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinty mission by the European Space Agency ESA, SMOS, helps scientists and researchers understand this relationship better by measuring seawater salinity from space.

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Wed, 31/12/2014 - 08:37

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Call for Papers: Landsat 8 researcher asked to contribute to special Issue of Remote Sensing of Environment

Papers will be solicited from any remote sensing researcher(s) with relevant Landsat 8 results.

NASA has issued a call to

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World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2014 report shows new opportunities for remote sensing technology in humanitarian assistance

The Policy Analysis and Innovation Section of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released the World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2014 report, dealing with humanitarian needs and assistance in 2013, as well as humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities in the global context.

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Fri, 26/12/2014 - 08:11

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New highly detailed ecological land units map of the world published

The new global data set provides for a better understanding and accounting of the world’s resources.

Esri and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently announced the development of the highest spatial resolution ecological land units (ELUs) map of the world ever produced.

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Tue, 23/12/2014 - 07:16

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NASA Earth Venture campaigns tackle global climate challenges

In the context of NASA's Earth Venture-class projects, five new suborbital investigation campaigns will begin in 2015 to monitor the effects of air pollution, warming ocean waters, and fires on our climate.

The latest airborne field campaigns represent the second series of a project launched by the National Research Council in 2007 with a budget of $30 million granted to each mission.

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Wed, 26/11/2014 - 10:03

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World Food Programme (WFP)

The World Food Programme runs geoNode, a corporate web application for creating and sharing geospatial data and maps designed for non-GIS experts.

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UN-SPIDER attended Second Prepcom for WCDRR

Two representatives of UN-SPIDER attended the second Preparatory Committee meeting (PrepCom2) related to the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), scheduled to take place in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan. PrepCom2 took place on 17 and 18 November in Geneva and served to approve the Conference programme of work and develop the draft post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.

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Preparations for WCDRR: PrepCom2 concluded

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Missing Maps Project: Mapping the most vulnerable places in the world

Red Cross members Use OpenStreetMap After Typhoon Haiyan in the Philliphines

On 4 November 2014 the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders UK and the American and British Red Cross announced the opening of the Missing Maps Project.

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