On 18 September 2012, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Pakistan. Torrential rain, which began on 5 September, had caused flash floods in Pakistan leaving an estimated one million people homeless. Over 100 people have been reported killed in the floods, and many homes and properties have been inundated. Agriculture has also suffered due to the flood waters, washing away crops and livestock. Relief efforts are under-way, but local efforts are hard-pressed to cope with the scale of the floods.
Researchers at Senegal’s Centre for Ecological Monitoring (Centre de Suivi Ecologique, CSE), in Dakar, and the Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology (ISNET), based in Karachi, Pakistan,will work together on space technology applications to improve food security in Senegal, one of the most food crisis-affected countries in the Sahel region.
The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan and the United Nations Office of Outer space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed the cooperation agreement on the establishment of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) on the occasion of the 47th Scientific and Technical Subcommittee sessions on 12 February 2010.
The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) of Pakistan and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed the cooperation agreement on the establishment of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) on the occasion of the 47th Scientific and Technical Subcommittee session on 12 February 2010.
More than 100 engineers and scientists
More than 150 support staff
Infrastructure Latest state of the art hardware & software available with high speed internet connectivity on 24/7 hours basis.
Training course on Geological Application on Remote Sensing
Hands-on training course on ArcGIS Software.
Training course on image processing using ERDAS Imagine Software
Available databases and space-based information:
Satellite Ground Station for receiving data from LEO satellite with resolutions from 2.5 to 20 meters
Satellite Ground Station for receiving data from medium resolution such as MODIS instrument onboard Aqua/Terra satellites, AVHRR AMBUS, HIRS onboard NOAA series and FY2E, MTSAT from Geostationary satellite
Operation satellite based COSPAS- SARSAT ground segment with visibility area 2500 km around Karachi, Pakistan
About the host institution:
SUPARCO, the Pakistan National Space Agency, was established in 1961 as a Committee and was granted the status of a Commission in 1981. SUPARCO is mandated to conduct research and development in space science, space technology, and their peaceful applications in the country. It works towards developing indigenous capabilities in space technology and promoting space applications for socio-economic uplift of the country.
<p><strong>Head of Institute</strong><br />
<em>Mr. Ahmed Bilal</em><br />
Ph: 92-021 34644932<br />
Fax:92 021 34694941</p>
<p><strong>Primary Contact:</strong><br />
<em>Imran Iqbal</em><br />
Member <br />
Space Applications & Research<br />
Ph: 92-021 34690674<br />
Fax:92 021 34690783<br />
<p><strong>Secondary Contact:</strong><br />
<em>Ms Rizla Zareen</em><br />
General Manager<br />
Disaster Management<br />
Ph: 92 021 34690840<br />
Fax: 92 021 34690795/97<br />
Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO)<br />
Off University Road Gulzar-e-Hijri, <br />
Scheme-33 Karaci-75270 Pakistan</p>
Two of the most destructive natural disasters of 2010 were closely linked by a single meteorological event, even though they occurred 1,500 miles (2,414 km) apart and were of completely different natures, a new NASA study suggests.
Heavy rains pushed the Mekong River in Cambodia over its banks during the weekend, flooding 37 villages and damaging over 5,000 homes. Schools also were closed, and rice and cassava crops have been badly affected.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan has said that Pakistan’s new communication satellite—PakSat-1R, is important for the country for many reasons. “It is a symbol of Pakistan-China cooperation in the area of space science and technology. It is the first of the kind to be launched by China and Pakistan. Therefore it establishes a new platform, and it marks a new beginning” said Ambassador Khan in an interview with China News Agency on the occasion of launch of PakSat-1R from China.