Regional Support Office

Mexico Regional Support Office

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Mexico
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The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is a decentralized agency of the Federal Government of Mexico, under the supervision of the Secretariat of Communication and Transport. It was officially created in 2010, whilst started operations in 2013. Its mission is to use science and space technology to meet the needs of the Mexican population and to promote innovation and the development of the space sector in Mexico, contributing to the peaceful use of outer space.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) signed a Cooperation Agreement in Sept. 2016 to incorporate AEM as a Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER programme under the UNOOSA framework.

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AEM Is the national space agency of Mexico with the goal of transforming Mexico into a country with scientific and technological development activities that can compete at the international level through the development of industrialization programs and frontier‐technology services for social development impact. There is a group of experts working at the AEM in its four strategic areas: 1) International Affairs and Space Security; 2) Industrial Development; 3) Human Capital and; 4) Research and Science.

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Dr. Javier Mendieta Jiménez, General Director

Avenida Insurgentes Sur # 1685,
Guadalupe Inn, Mexico City, mexico. C.P. 01020

+52 (55) 3691 1310

contacto [at] aem.gob.mx

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In recent years AEM has been supporting the UN-SPIDER programme through the provision of experts to conduct technical advisory missions to Central American countries. Currently AEM is partner to the SEWS-D project, and coordinates the activities between the parties involved, and  provides support in managing the project. In 2017 AEM will provide support to UN-SPIDER to develop a workshop and conferences at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in May in Cancun, Mexico.

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Mr. Julio Cesar Castillo Urdapilleta</em><br /> Space Security Director<br /> Mexican Space Agency<br /> +52 55 36911310 ext. 85220<br /> <a href="mailto:Castillo.julio@aem.gob.mx">Castillo.julio@aem.gob.mx</a></p> <p><strong>Alternative contact:</strong><br /> <em>Gustavo Arriaga Mendez</em><br /> Space Application Manager for civil protection<br /> Mexican Space Agency<br /> +52 55 36911310 ext. 85228<br /> <a href="mailto:Arriaga.gustavo@aem.gob.mx">Arriaga.gustavo@aem.gob.mx</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Agencia Espacial Mexicana<br /> Avenida Insurgentes Sur # 1685<br /> Guadalupe Inn, Mexico City,<br /> Mexico</p> <p><a href="https://www.gob.mx/aem/" target="_blank">https://www.gob.mx.aem/</a></p>

AEM becomes UN-SPIDER's newest RSO

American Hemisphere (Image courtesy of NASA)

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) signed a Cooperation Agreement to incorporate AEM as the newest Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER programme that is managed by UNOOSA.  This Regional Support Office will contribute to efforts conducted by the Office in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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AEM becomes the newest UN-SPIDER RSO

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Thu, 29/09/2016 - 06:28

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Greece Regional Support Office

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Greece
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The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS/NOA) is one of the three institutes of the National Observatory of Athens, the oldest research institution of Greece. Between the main  activities of the Institute are basic and applied research in a number of topics relating to astrophysics, space science, remote sensing, and signal processing, as well as ground, and space based earth observation services. The institute is also committed to outreach and science dissemination for the general public.

IAASARS/NOA hosts the operations of BEYOND (www.beyond-eocenter.eu): a European Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation based monitoring of Natural Disasters, which situates IAASARS/NOA as a dynamic actor for multi-hazard management at regional, Mediterranean, and European level. BEYOND meets the clear need for operating a regional Centre for disaster risk assessment, and monitoring, and disaster mapping with remote sensing means. It systematically provides products and services mainly for South-Eastern Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. The IAASARS/NOA has successfully achieved, through the operations of BEYOND, to enhance its observational capacities, drawing new creative perspectives in EO-based disaster management and service delivery, while allowing sustainable collaborative schemes to be formed.

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IAASARS/NOA hosts a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled researchers and senior engineers with hundreds of publications in peer reviewed journals, nominations and awards in different thematic areas such as Earth Observation (Land, Air, Water, Sea, and Security), Signal and Image Processing, SAR data and InSAR Processing, Data Fusion, Space Geodesy, Geo-Information Systems Development, Disaster Management, Emergency Response, Data Modelling and Assimilation, and Crowd Data Integration and Fusion. Through BEYOND it operates on a 24/7 basis observational infrastructures, for receiving and archiving Earth Observation raw data and higher level products. It maintains web interfaces for querying, retrieving and delivering the data and products to  the scientific and institutional user communities, and the wider public at national, regional, and global level.

Available databases and space-based information: 

Data Bases of archived satellite data and metadata with reference to MODIS, NPP, NOAA, FYI, MetOP, future NPOESS satellites, and mirror site for ESA Sentinels missions.

About the host institution: 

For more information on the host institution, visit:  http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/

 

Capacity Building: 

The BEYOND Center of Excellence substantially contributes to human, institutional and infrastructure capacity building, via the uptake of a crucial role in coordinating local and regional actors. It creates multi-directional communication and co-operation channels with research centers, and universities, as well as space agencies, international organizations, and institutional authorities all around Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. It is not only building around new EO monitoring infrastructures, but also seeks to the effective integration and exploitation of the existing know-how, and skills, as well as the technical, and financial resources, in the context of the environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction. It deploys advanced modeling capacities to meet operational needs, for real-time multi-hazard assessment such as fires, and fire progression, smoke, dust, and toxic pollutant dispersion, flooding monitoring and flooding risk, as well as earthquake, volcanic, and landslide risk assessment and damage mapping. A lot of information is delivered in the form of services, providing new knowledge in the decision making process, for drawing mitigation and adaptation measures. In this context the BEYOND Center brings significant thrust towards the creating a "hub of excellence" in disaster monitoring and management at regional level.

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Haris Kontoes</em><br /> Research Director of NOA<br /> Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing<br /> National Observatory of Athens<br /> +30-2103490088 <br /> <a href="mailto:kontoes@noa.gr ">kontoes@noa.gr </a></p> <p><strong>Alternative contact:</strong><br /> <em>Prof. Dr. Charmandaris Vassilis</em><br /> Director of IAASARS<br /> +30-2108109222<br /> <a href="mailto:charmandaris@noa.gr">charmandaris@noa.gr</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing<br /> National Observatory of Athens<br /> Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou<br /> GR-15236 Athens<br /> Greece</p> <p><a href="http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/" target="_blank">http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/</a></p>

New Recommended Practice provided by Colombian Regional Support Office

Contraction and expansion of water bodies during La Niña event in Colombia

The Colombian Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER (IGAC) has provided a new Recommended Practice with detailed step-by-step procedures on how to derive useful information from satellite imagery.

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Recommended practices on water body changes

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Thu, 28/01/2016 - 16:03

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EMERCOM strengthens ties with International Civil Defence Organisation

Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov and Secretary-General of ICDO Vladimir Kuvshinov

The Russian Emergencies Ministry EMERCOM, host of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in the Russian Federation, is strengthening its collaboration with the International Civil Defence Organisation ICDO. Russian Minister of

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Wed, 18/02/2015 - 11:58

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Wed, 02/18/2015

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International Charter: Project Manager Training in Vienna

Seven of UN-SPIDER's 17 Regional Support Offices participated in the Charter Project Manager training

On the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UN-SPIDER hosted a Project Manager (PM) training for the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters specifically for UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices in Vienna on 4 February 2015.

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Thu, 05/02/2015 - 08:29

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Nigeria: NASRDA provides satellite imagery for resource monitoring

Parts of Nigeria seen from Space by NASA's Aqua satellite

The National Space Research and Development Agency of Nigeria (NASRDA), host of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has provided relevant satellite datasets for resource monitoring, socio-economic and intelligent mapping across Nigeria and other parts of the globe, as the website Leadership has reported.

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Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:23

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IGAC: New Satellite image processing system

MODIS image caught by NASA's Terra satellite shows floods in Colombia

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Colombia, Instituto Geografico Agustin Codazzi (IGAC), has enhanced its capacities to create accurate maps and baselines by acquiring a GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) Satellite and Aerial processing system from the remote sensing software provider

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Thu, 30/01/2014 - 11:47

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Thu, 01/30/2014

Asian Disaster Reduction Center publishes Natural Disasters Data Book 2012

The Asian

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Fri, 20/12/2013 - 14:47
Fri, 12/20/2013

ICIMOD holds 44th Board Meeting

ICIMOD became a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in February 2013.

Representatives from regional member countries, Independent Board Members, and representatives from ICIMOD donor organizations came together for the 44th ICIMOD Board meeting from 28 to 30 November at ICIMOD Headquarters in Kathmandu. ICIMOD is host to UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in the Himalayan region.

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Thu, 19/12/2013 - 14:58

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28

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Thu, 12/19/2013

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