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  • Screenshot of ORNL DAAC Soil Moisture Visualizer.
    Soil moisture data sets become fertile ground for applications lun Feb 18 2019
    An integrated data platform has been created to bring together a wide variety of in situ and remotely-sensed soil moisture data sets to better inform disaster response planners, climate scientists and meteorologists, farmers, and others. The Soil Moisture Visualizer (SMV) is provided as an open and free data access tool from the NASA Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center...
  • DLR Humanitarian Tech Days. Image: DLR.
    UN-SPIDER attends DLR Humanitarian Tech Days lun Feb 11 2019
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, attended the DLR (German Aerospace Center) Humanitarian Technology Days on 6 and 7 February at the DLR Earth Observation Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. DLR has conducted research on disaster management and civil security for many years, with humanitarian action in complicated working conditions and...
  • This Copernicus Sentinel-2 image shows Kazakhstan’s Alakol Lake on which large chunks of broken ice float in 5 April, 2016. Climate change threatens to disappear more than one third of Central Asia’s glaciers raising the disaster risk for vulnerable communities. Image: ESA.
    World Bank project receives new funding for disaster risk reduction in Central Asia lun Jan 28 2019
    The Central Asia Hydrometeorology Modernization Project (CAHMP), funded by the World Bank and co-financed by United Nations agencies and other development partners, receives new funding after reinforcing weather forecasting and early warning efforts in Central Asia. The five countries of the region, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, are exposed to an increasing...
  • The CCSTEAP organizes several courses and programmes in the upcoming academic year. Image: CSSTEAP.
    24th postgraduate programme in remote sensing and geographic system commences this summer at CSSTEAP lun Jan 28 2019
    The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), which is affiliated to the United Nations, will run its 24th postgraduate programme in Remote Sensing & Geographic System (RS & GIS) starting this July. The two-year programme open for 20 participants will be held at the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS), which is a unit of the Indian Space...
  • The Japanese coastal town of Otsuchi few days after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Image: Al Jazeera/Flickr.
    Japan prepares to test early warning system using Michibiki satellites Vie Jan 25 2019
    The Japanese government is preparing to test a disaster early warning system that uses one of its Quasi-Zenith’s satellites this year. The system aims to better predict disasters in the Asia-Pacific region. Through the new early warning system, the Government of Japan seeks to prevent “potential impacts of natural disaster on Japanese manufacturers and supply chains”, the Asian Disaster Reduction...
  • Image of the tailings dam flood on 30 January acquired by Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. Image: NASA.
    International Charter activated for dam collapse in Brazil Vie Jan 25 2019
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Brazil following the collapse of a mining dam. The activation was requested by the Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD). The country’s Ministry of Regional Development is acting as project manager for the activation. A dam at an iron ore mine in the south-eastern town of Brumadinho...
  • Mission team and counterparts during the Institutional Strengthening Mission to Nepal in December 2018.
    UN-SPIDER carries out Institutional Strengthening Mission to Nepal mar Jan 29 2019
    As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Nepal from 17 to 21 December 2018 upon the request of the government. The mission was a follow-up activity to the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Nepal in July 2017 that assessed use of space-derived information in all aspects of disaster management and...
  • An Epsilon-4 rocket lifts-off from Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan on 18 January 2019. Image: JAXA.
    Viet Nam launches satellite to enhance response to disasters mié Jan 23 2019
    A new Earth observation satellite developed by Viet Nam, which aims to enhance the country’s ability to respond to disasters and climate change, was launched into space on 18 January 2019. The MicroDragon satellite was put into orbit via an Epsilon-4 rocket, which lifted-off from the Uchinoura Space Centre in Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. The satellite is designed to monitor the quality of water...
  • African farmers harvesting the crop in South Sudan. Image: FAO/South Sudan.
    Satellite data key part of early warning system for plant pest infestations mié Jan 23 2019
    The Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), developed by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI), combines temperature and weather data provided by satellites with computer models to predict when pest outbreaks are most likely to occur, giving farmers time to prepare. Farmers are currently notified of pest forecasts through an existing network of so-...
  • Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured false-color images of the State of Rio Grande Du Sul  in 2007 Image: NASA
    International Charter activated for floods in Brazil lun Jan 14 2019
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Brazil by the Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD). The country’s Ministry of National Integration is acting as project manager for the activation. Mudslides and floods triggered by sudden rain over the western area of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have caused the Ibirapuita...
  • Image: Group on Earth Observations.
    Group on Earth Observations and Amazon Web Services open applications for access to cloud computing programme lun Jan 14 2019
    The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have teamed up to offer GEO member agencies and research organizations from developing countries access to cloud services. Selected organizations will receive AWS credits to host, process and analyze big data about the Earth to support sustainable development efforts. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019. Applications...
  • In September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, leaving thousands dead and injured. Image: European Union 2018 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
    UNOOSA requests activation of International Charter for tsunami in Indonesia lun Dec 24 2018
    Following a tsunami that hit coastal areas around the Sunda strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on 22 December, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia. LAPAN is a UN-SPIDER Regional Support...
  • UNOOSA participates in ISDR Asia Platform Forum and Regional Consultative Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies mar Dec 18 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) participated in two regional meetings organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The meetings discussed the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum was convened on 11-12...
  • Screenshot of the Collect Earth Online tool.
    FAO and NASA launch Collect Earth Online tool to track landscapes, land-use, disasters lun Dec 17 2018
    A new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to allow users to “systematically inspect” any location on Earth – from glaciers to rainforests - with satellite data. Collect Earth Online (CEO), announced on 12 December 2018, is also expected to be utilized in disaster management. The...
  • UN-SPIDER lecture during the SAARC regional workshop and training.
    UN-SPIDER and SAARC Disaster Management Centre conduct regional training and workshop for South Asian countries lun Dec 17 2018
    The United Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER progroamme, and the Disaster Management Centre of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC DMC) conducted a joint regional workshop and training on the “Utilization of Space-based and Geospatial Information for Achieving the Targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” from 4 to 8 December...
  • Front page of the report
    New publication showcases how Copernicus data helps European local and regional authorities Vie Dec 14 2018
    The European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) have launched a new report consisting of 99 stories from European public authorities that showcases how they benefit from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme. The report intends to serve as a practical handbook exemplifying the different...
  • UNOOSA launches space4water portal to promote the use of space technology for sustainable water management mar Dec 4 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) launched the space4water portal during the eighth edition of the PSIPW award ceremony hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The new portal will serve as a platform to gather information and strengthen partnerships related to space-based information for water...
  • PSLV C43 vehicle launch India fist HysIS Image: ISRO
    ISRO launches first Indian Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite for Earth observation lun Dec 3 2018
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the first Indian Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) from Sriharikota on 29 November. The satellite is expected to be used for Earth observation in applications related to agriculture, forestry, geology, assessment of coastal zones, and environmental studies. It was one out of 30 commercial satellites from eight different countries...
  • Mocoa landslide in Colombia in 2017. Image: OCHA Colombia / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
    Colombia publishes risk atlas to support Sendai Framework implementation jue Nov 29 2018
    The Colombian National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Unidad Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, UNGRD) has recently published the “Colombia Risk Atlas: Revealing Latent Disasters”. The publication strengthens the understanding of disaster risks at the national and regional level, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Atlas highlights different...
  • Participants at the training. Image: AOGEOSS.
    Asia-Oceania GEOSS network for capacity-building conducts joint training on Earth observation for urban, agriculture and disaster monitoring in the Mekong Basin sáb Nov 24 2018
    The National University of Laos (NUOL) and Deqing Academy of Satellite Applications (DASA) conducted a joint Asia-Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) training workshop on Earth observation data for urban, agriculture and disaster monitoring in the Mekong Basin from 15 to 19 October 2018 at the Faculty of Engineering (FE) of the National University of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The workshop was carried...
  • World Disasters Report 2018 launch at the United Nations Office in Vienna. Image: UNIS.
    2018 World Disasters Report warns about gaps in humanitarian response sector Vie Nov 23 2018
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Austrian Red Cross presented the 2018 World Disasters Report at the United Nations in Vienna on 12 November. The report addresses the need to fill the gaps in humanitarian assistance coverage to avoid the...

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