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UK: International Charter activation due to ongoing struggle with floods

satellite image of snow covered UK

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been activated for the third time in the last three months for flood events in the United Kingdom.

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Thu, 06/02/2014 - 16:17

Australia: New South Wales launches GIS Emergency Response System

NASA's Terra satellite image of flooded communities in Australia

New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) launched a new mapping system to help emergency responders coordinate better rescue operations.

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Thu, 09/01/2014 - 10:28

Brazil: Satellite measures record rain floods

Satellite imagery shows extreme rainfall in Brazil

December 2013 was a record rainfall month for many states in Brazil.

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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:13

International Charter activated for floods in the UK

River Thames by Wallingford, Oxfordshire flooded

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated because of ongoing heavy storms have caused flooding across the UK.

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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:23

Report: Natural hazards in the USA in 2013

Satellite picture of the wild fire and Yosemite National Park.

A report released by CoreLogic, a US private analysis company, is offering a summary of the most si

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Mon, 06/01/2014 - 11:35

6th international training course on climate risk management in a changing environment

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Sat, 19/07/2014
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01/09/2014 - 10/09/2014
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Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

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Training Event
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The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center invites practitioners from: Government policy makers and development practitioners representing planning agencies, local authorities, land use planning offices, disaster risk management agencies, climate change secretariats or offices attached to national level ministries or sub-national government authorities UN development and environmental agencies, international organizations such as Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies, donor agencies and NGOs working on climate risk management, climate change adaptation, disaster risk management or green development programs Academe such as Universities, research institutes or training institutes on climate risk management, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management Private sector such as insurance and construction industries Media and charity & faith based organizations working on climate change adaptation, climate risk management or disaster risk management
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Understanding the science of climate change and potential interventions and their integration into development policies and practices has become a challenge for development and disaster risk reduct


Using space technology to monitor flooding in Thailand

Severe flooding affected large stretches of Thailand’s Chao Phraya River

The South Asia region is especially prone to flooding. Annually, flooding takes hundred of lives and causes damages in tens of billions US dollars.

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Fri, 06/12/2013 - 14:00

Mexico - Regional Training course

As a way to strengthen the knowledge and skills of professionals working in government agencies in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador on the use of radar imagery in case of floods, UN-SPIDER

24/10/2011 - 28/10/2011
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Use of radar Imagery in case of floods
Experts from the Argentinean Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics and from CATHALAC
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12 participants from 10 government agencies from these four Mesoamerican countries representing civil protection agencies, ministries of Environment and Natural Resources; national commissions on forestry and water resources; geographic Institutes and national planning agencies
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<p>The instructors focused on the characteristics of radar images, on the peculiarities concerning their acquisition by specific satellites with such capabilities (orbital trajectory of acquisition, type of band, polarization mode), and on the features displayed in the images emerging from specific characteristics of microwaves; scatterers on the ground including forests, crops, and pastures; and specific conditions of the ground including roughness and permanent or intermittent presence of water (water bodies, swamps, marshes and wetlands). The course was complemented with practical exercises on the use of specific software packages such as NEST, ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, ArcGIS and MapReady to pre-process and then to process radar imagery to detect floods in various types of environments.</p> <p>In addition, instructors made special emphasis on the detection of water using a variety of post-processing algorithms including speckle filtering, change detection using several images, and multi-temporal analysis. As data from optical sensors can also be used for detection of floods, the processing of radar imagery was also complemented with techniques to process optical imagery, including the generation of indices and other methods for determining extents of inundated areas. Participants also focused on detection of changes using imagery for their respective countries. </p>

ESA: Making satellite flood maps easily available

ESA's Fully Automated Aqua Processing Service (FAAPS)

The European Space Agency ESA has helped to create a service that makes flood maps available simply via the Internet.

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Mon, 07/10/2013 - 08:20

Pakistan: SUPARCO generates inundation maps for ongoing floods

Pakistan is currently facing medium to high level flooding in all the major rivers of the country.

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Tue, 03/09/2013 - 16:26