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  • UN-SPIDER technical advisory support booklet
    New booklet highlights UN-SPIDER advisory support activities Sun Jun 17 2018
    The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) has published a new booklet with examples of the programme's technical advisory support activities. UN-SPIDER was established in 2006 based on the recognition that disaster risk management and emergency response communities, particularly in emerging countries, were not fully...
  • An image captured by the 16m resolution multispectral wide-angle colour camera on the Gaofen-6 earth observation satellite. Image: CNS/RADI/CAS.
    China launches new Earth observation satellites to monitor disasters mar Jun 12 2018
    China launched its latest Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-6, which will be for disaster monitoring and agricultural research on 2 June. Another satellite to monitor weather-related disasters, Fengyun-2H, was launched by China on 5 June. On 2 June, the Gaofen-6 satellite was launched via a Long March-2D rocket which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China. The...
  • This set of 12 still images show the potential landslide by month averaged over the last 15 years. Image: NASA.
    NASA builds open global landslide catalog to improve disaster preparedness jue Jun 7 2018
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States is currently building a worldwide database of landslide events. The Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository (COOLR) includes NASA’s Global Landslide Catalog (GLC) which provides new insights into landslide hazards around the world.  The COOLR project is an open platform where scientists and citizen scientists...
  • Image of the eruption and resulting ash plume of the Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala captured by the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite on 3 June 2018. Image: NASA Earth Observatory
    NASA and NOAA satellites monitor deadly Guatemala volcano eruption mié Jun 6 2018
    Satellites from NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are monitoring the eruption of Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala that has killed at least 69 people since it started erupting on 3 June 2018. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the joint NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) satellite captured an...
  • Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"
    International Charter activated for Fuego Volcano in Guatemala mar Jun 5 2018
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on 5 June. Guatemala’s most powerful eruption in 100 years has killed at least 69 people with many more missing, according to local reports. A state of emergency has been declared with the eruption, which started on Sunday, cascaded vast clouds of volcanic ash, rocks and toxic gas into the...
  • A visualization of Aeolus' mission. Image: European Space Agency
    Space-based lasers and supercomputer to aid the forecasting of extreme weathers mar Jun 5 2018
    The European Space Agency is launching a new satellite that will help scientists better understand extreme weather patterns and also contribute to disaster preparedness through more accurate forecasting of meteorological disasters. The Aeolus satellite will collect data using powerful lasers, which pulse ultraviolet light into the atmosphere. Data from the satellite, combined with a new...
  • Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"
    International Charter activated for forest fires in China mar Jun 5 2018
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for forest fires in China on 4 June. Wildfires have broken out in the mountainous region of the northern Chinese province of Inner Mongolia. A prolonged period of high temperatures and dry conditions fuelled the forest fires, which have spread to over 5,000 hectares due to high winds. Strong and changing winds have made...
  • Participants at EvIDENz stakeholder workshop in Pretoria, South Africa.
    EvIDENz project convenes stakeholder workshop in South Africa lun Jun 4 2018
    Experts from the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) of the University of Bonn and the Disaster Management Training and Education Centre for Africa (DiMTEC) at the University of the...
  • Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"
    International Charter activated for floods in Yemen lun Jun 4 2018
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for flooding in Yemen on 2 June. Cyclone Mekunu brought severe rainfall and winds causing flooding in areas of Yemen as it made landfall on 25 May. Local reports suggest that at least seven people have been killed and over 1,000 families have been displaced due to the flooding. The cyclone and floods have also damaged...
  • Crisis Connectivity Charter to aid disaster relief enters into full operation mié May 30 2018
    Members of the satellite community signed contribution agreements in Luxembourg on 17 May 2018 with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on behalf of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), to step-up their commitments to support global disaster relief. The contribution agreements signed by Eutelsat, Global Eagle, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat represent...
  • Beijing from the Sentinel-1A satellite. Image: Copernicus Data/ESA (2014).
    Applications open for United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction Vie May 25 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China (MEM) will hold this year’s International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction from 24 to 26 October 2018 in Beijing, China. The conference, entitled “Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Emergency Response”, is implemented...
  • Image: Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon. NASA.
    New monitoring system strengthens forest conservation in India jue May 24 2018
    The National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), a programme under the auspices of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), has engineered a new monitoring system to observe forest cover change and combat deforestation. By combining optical remote sensing, geographic information system, artificial intelligence and automation, the new system allows monitoring experts to detect small-scale...
  • International Charter activated for floods in Djibouti and Sri Lanka mar May 22 2018
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for flooding in Djibouti on 20 May and Sri Lanka on 21 May 2018. In Djibouti, tropical cyclone Sagar caused flash floods across the country, impacting up to 30,000 people according to authorities. The United Nations Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) requested...
  • FY-4A satellite capturing the weather over South-east Asia.  Source: National Satellite Meteorological Center
    China offers satellite data to Belt and Road countries to tackle disasters mar May 22 2018
    China has established an emergency mechanism using its meteorological satellites to help countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative to combat extreme weather and disasters, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) announced on 2 May.   Countries along the Belt and Road Initiative, which are suffering from meteorological disasters such as typhoons, rainstorms, wildfires and sandstorms...
  • IGAC develops innovative risk assessment system in Villavicencio, Colombia Vie May 18 2018
    The Research and Development Center of Geographic Information (CIAF), an arm of the Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi (IGAC), is developing a risk assessment system for the city of Villavicencio in Colombia. IGAC is a Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER and responsible for advancing geographic investigations for the development of Colombia, and educating and training professionals in...
  • The ISS and the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo). Image: NASA/JAXA
    UNOOSA and Jaxa deploy first KiboCUBE satellite as part of capacity-building initiative Vie May 18 2018
    The United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) deployed its first cube satellite on 11 May 2018 as part of a joint cooperation programme called KiboCUBE.  The KiboCUBE programme is a capacity-building initiative which enables educational or research institutions from developing countries to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats) from the...
  • An image of the Sheveluch (Shiveluch) volcano in Kamchatka, Russian Federation emitting an ash plume taken by NASA’s Aqua satellite in 2012. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.
    Satellites monitor Russian volcanoes to identify hazards to aviation, populations mié May 16 2018
    Significant activity from volcanoes in the Russian Federation have been observed from space in recent months. The Kamchatka and Kuril Islands volcanoes, located in the fact east of the country, are being monitored by satellites in order to avert the hazards caused by their regular eruptions to air travel and to local populations. These volcanoes are among the most active in the world, generally...
  • Highway 78 in San Diego State flooded by monsoon rains in 2013. Image: NASA
    GPS sensors used to aid the forecasting of monsoon flash floods mar May 15 2018
    The forecasting of torrential monsoon downpours has become more accurate due to improved GPS and geodetic sensors. The system, developed by meteorologists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Forecast Offices in the United States of America has been in use since 2012. It features next-generation, real-time geodetic modules that have been added to existing GPS...
  • Participants at second EvIDENz stakeholder workshop in Kiev, Ukraine.
    EvIDENz project conducts second stakeholder workshop in Ukraine lun May 14 2018
    Experts from UN-SPIDER, the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) of the University of Bonn, and the Space Research Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and of the National Space Agency of Ukraine (SRI NASU-SSAU) have convened in Kiev for a stakeholder workshop in the context of...
  • Active volcano Mount Mayon as seen from the Legaspi Airport in September 2013. Image: NOAA/CC BY.
    Satellite communication strengthens disaster response in Philippines lun May 14 2018
    First disaster responders in the Philippines now have access to mobile satellite equipment that’s more powerful and easier to deploy than ever before. Since 2017, emergency responders have been working with communications company Inmarsat, the UK Space Agency and a consortium of NGO partners to institutionalize satellite communications into disaster response mechanisms in the country, which is...
  • Runoff water of melting glaciers in the Himalayas. Image: Suket Dedhia.
    Unrecorded Himalayan floods discovered though satellite data lun May 14 2018
    Researchers at the University of Potsdam in Germany have analysed satellite data of nearly 30 years to retrace glacial lake outburst floods across Bhutan, China, India and Nepal. As a result of the survey, the scientists were able to reveal 10 previously undocumented floods in Bhutan, China and Nepal which had been caused by glacial runoff water suddenly breaking through moraine dams. As global...

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