The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated yesterday, on request of UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA, in order to provide satellite-based maps of floods and landslides in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi.
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) agreed on a 500,000 Euro investment from Germany to support early warning systems for disasters in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
New South Wales State Emergency Services (NSW SES) launched a new mapping system to help emergency responders coordinate better rescue operations. It allows volunteers on the ground to instantly share real-time information.
December 2013 was a record rainfall month for many states in Brazil. By December, 27 at least seven cities have set new records for the most rain received during a single month, according to the Brazil’s National Meteorology Institute (INMET). The city of Aimores, in the state of Minas Gerais, received more than 400 percent of the average December rainfall.
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated because of ongoing heavy storms have caused flooding across the UK. One person has been reported killed and more than 300 properties flooded so far.
Flooding is expected alongside the big rivers – Thames, Severn and Stour. Roads and train services have been disrupted.
A report released by CoreLogic, a US private analysis company, is offering a summary of the most significant disasters that struck the United States in 2013 and an analysis of the potential risks and changes in natural hazards that are expected in 2014 with regards to
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
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 and CRECTEALC conducted a training course in the facilities of CRECTEALC in Puebla, Mexico. The instructors provided participants with a theoretical background regarding radar imagery and practical exercises.
Experts from the Argentinean Institute of Astronomy and Space Physics and from CATHALAC
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
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.
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.