Insurance Australia Group (IAG) launched a new natural disaster management instrument at the Global Insurance Forum in New York, the Global Risk Map. This interactive map shows the social and economic impact of cyclones, floods, earthquakes and related disasters during the past 115 years.
The satellite developer PlanetiQ introduced its new GPS technology called Pyxis which will make predictions better than before. The satellite-based weather instrument includes sensors that are designed to penetrate storm clouds and generate data that will significantly improve weather forecasting.
Landslides are a geological hazard which can be geographically widespread and cause extreme damage and loss of life. They can be induced by a number of extreme weather or geological conditions including flooding, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes. A number of methodologies have been developed using satellite imagery to map landslides at all stages of the disaster cycle and for different types and rates of movement.
On 28 May 2015, UNOOSA and its co-organizers, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), successfully concluded the three day United Nations/Germany International Conference on Earth observation in Bonn, Germany.
On 28 May 2015, UNOOSA and its partners, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), successfully concluded the three day United Nations/Germany International Conference on Earth Observation in Bonn, Germany.
United Nations/Germany International Conference on Earth Observation successfully concluded
In recent years, many African countries have started using the potential and usefulness of space technology more and more, as an article in The Conversation points out. In sub-Saharan Africa, these are mostly Nigeria and South Africa.