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German Aerospace Center develops satellite-based volcanic ash tool

VADUGS-derived column concentration of volcanic ash in grams per square metre

Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a satellite-based prediction tool for volcanic ash distribution.

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Mon, 22/09/2014 - 13:50

Disaster statistics: 22 million people displaced in 2013

The report states that almost 22 million people were displaced by disasters

According to a report from the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council, almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to disasters trigge

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Thu, 18/09/2014 - 08:10

DMCii upgrades its data centre

Satellite image from DMCii's UK-DMC 2 satellite tracking a locust plague

The satellite imagery provider DMC International Imaging (DMCii) has upgraded its data centre now hosting satellite data covering five billion square kilometres; that is ten times the Earth's s

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Mon, 08/09/2014 - 16:16

Small Island Developing States: Strengthening partnerships for disaster risk management

The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States is currently being held in Samoa.

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Thu, 04/09/2014 - 10:58
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Swiss Re: Insured disaster losses in first half of 2014 relatively low

Insured and uninsured catastrophe-related losses in USD billion

In a recent press release, the re-insurance company Swiss Re announced that global disaster-rela

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Wed, 03/09/2014 - 08:50

UN establishes Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named an Independent Expert Advisory Group

The United Nations' Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 29 August 2014 the establishment of an Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

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Tue, 02/09/2014 - 14:44
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New on the Knowledge Portal: Recommended Practices

Recommended Practices on Flood Mapping.

When using Space technologies for disaster risk management and emergency response, it is not only important to have access to the right data and software, it is also crucial to be aware of methods

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Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:35

WorldView-3: First images available

Sample image of Madrid, Spain, captured by DigitalGlobe's high resolution satell

On 13 August 2014, the technology provider DigitalGlobe launched its new WorldView-3 satellite, an Earth Observation satellite with 27 super-spectral bands.

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Wed, 27/08/2014 - 14:14

UNISDR launched survey on older people coping with disasters

Today, people aged over 60 constitute 11 per cent of the global population.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and Help Age International, a Non-Governmental Organisation, launched a series of surveys to learn more about how elderly people cope with disaste

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Mon, 25/08/2014 - 12:48

OGC announces new Urban Planning Domain Working Group

Open standards can facilitate the development, assessment and use of information

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has launched a new working group on urban planning.

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Fri, 22/08/2014 - 10:23