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Sri Lanka: UN-SPIDER to conduct training programme in November

Sri Lanka is often affected by heavy precipitation and floods.

As a follow up of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TA

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Mon, 29/09/2014 - 09:25
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6.92708
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79.8612

NASA: High-resolution topographic data soon available globally

Initially, topographic data for Africa will be published

The United States has announced that it will make high-resolution topographic data available globally in 2015.

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Thu, 25/09/2014 - 09:23
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40.7489
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-73.968

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

Outcomes of the United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting 2014 (Planet@Risk)

Issue Date: 
Fri, 01/08/2014

International Charter activated for floods in Bangladesh

Heavy rains have caused widespread flooding in Bangladesh

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 22 August 2014 to provide satellite-based maps to Bangladesh due to severe flooding events.

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Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:07
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25.8103
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89.6487

India: International Charter activated for flood

MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed severe floods in Northern India an Nepal

On 18 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, at the request of NRSC / ISRO in order to provide space-based produ

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Wed, 20/08/2014 - 11:59
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27.5706
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80.0982

Panama: International Charter activated for flood

Heavy rains in Central America in November 2010

On 18 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods and landslides in the Republic of Panama at the request of the USGS on behalf of SINAPROC / Chiriqui

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Wed, 20/08/2014 - 11:37
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8.5849
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Sudan: International Charter activated for flood

MODIS instrument showing unusually extreme floods in Khartoum in 2007

On 5 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Sudan at the request of the UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA.

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Thu, 07/08/2014 - 14:13
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12.8628
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30.2176

Philippines: LiDAR mapping of major river basins completed

The Philippines are frequently affected by floods

The Department of Science and Technology  of Philippines (DOST) has achieved the Light Ranging and Detection Technology (LiDAR) mapping of the three major

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Mon, 28/07/2014 - 15:55
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12.8797
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121.774

Bangladesh - National Training Course

From 12 to 16 May 2013, as a follow-up to the UN-SPIDER techn

Date: 
12/05/2013 - 16/05/2013
Title of Training: 
Space Technology for Flood Hazard Mapping, Flood Forecast and Rapid Mapping in Bangladesh
Trainers: 
The training was conducted by experts from UN-SPIDER, the International Water Management Institute, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC)
Target Group: 
A total of 20 officials from 17 government departments in Bangladesh participated in the programme. These departments included: Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO), Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics , Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) , Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) , Forest Department, Flood Forecast and Warning Center (FFWC), Joint Rivers Commission, Bangladesh (JRCB), Urban Development Directory (UDD) , Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) , Dhaka University (DU), Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) , Geography /Disaster Science and Mngt. Dept, Dhaka, Dhaka WASA, Armed Forces Division (AFD), Survey of Bangladesh (SoB), Water Resources Management Organization (WRMO).
Training Profile: 
<p>The training covered a wide range of topics such as an overview of the role of Earth Observation in disaster management, the regional plan of action on promoting Space and GIS applications for disaster risk management and sustainable development, global and regional flood hotspot assessment, flood hazard/risk mapping, multi-hazard risk and vulnerability assessment, flood inundation mapping using multi-resolution satellite data, flood response rapid mapping etc. Participants were also offered hands-on sessions to develop skills in mapping and modelling floods.</p> <p>The complete training report is available for download <a href="/sites/default/files/UN-SPIDER-TrainingActivity_Report-Bangladesh.pdf">here</a>.
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