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  • Satellite image from the Naval Research Lab are overlaid with lightning strokes (shown as black circles) of Hurricane Mathew on 4 October 2016. Image: WWLLN-TC
    New tool combines lightning and satellite data to improve forecasts of tropical cyclones Vie Feb 23 2018
    A group coordinated by the University of Washington in Seattle has developed a tool to facilitate continuous monitoring of tropical cyclones through the combination of lightning and microwave satellite data. The World Wide Lightning Location Network's (WWLLN) tropical cyclone (WWLLN-TC) platform is publicly accessible and visualizations of the global data are updated every three hours. Lightning...
  • Floods in Uttarakhand, India, in 2013.
    ISRO to support Indian state of Uttarakhand with satellite-based forecasting and monitoring jue Feb 22 2018
    The Indian state of Uttarakhand has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in Ahmedabad on 15 February. This understanding gives the Uttarakhand Disaster Mitigation & Management Centre (DMMC) access to the satellite imagery data produced by ISRO to put to use in forecasting potential issues for better disaster management and monitoring...
  • SARSAT
    Satellites aid in rescue of 275 lives in the United States of America in 2017 mié Feb 21 2018
    275 people were rescued within the United States of America and its surrounding waters in 2017 with the help of satellites operated by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Of the 275 rescues, 186 were in water, 15 were from aviation incidents and 74 were on land using personal locator beacons (PLBs). The COSPAS-SARSAT system NOAA satellites are part of COSPAS-SARSAT (...
  • International Charter activated for Cyclone Gita in Tonga lun Feb 19 2018
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for Cyclone Gita in Tonga. Cyclone Gita, a Category 4 storm, hit Tonga on the evening of February 12th. Acting prime minister Hon. Semisi Sika declared a state of emergency for the whole region, while 108 evacuation centres housing nearly 4,000 people were set up on Tonga’s main island of Tongatapu. A further 12 centres were...
  • New operating system bundles free and open SAR processing programs for easy installation mié Feb 14 2018
    A new plug’n play operating system bundles freely available Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) processing software for easy installation to help users start processing data. SARbian has been developed by the SAR-EDU Remote Sensing Education Initiative team at the Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and from the EO College online platform. The free software suite is a Linux live system based on Debian...
  • Port au Prince, Haiti, January 12, 2010
    Earthquake early warning focus for new Chinese-Italian satellite Vie Feb 9 2018
    A satellite to study seismic activity including earthquake precursors was successfully put into orbit on 2 February as part of a joint Chinese-Italian project. The China Seismo-Electromagnetic Satellite (CSES) - also known as the Zhangheng 1 - was launched via a Long March 2D rocket which lifted-off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China. CSES is the first Chinese space-based platform for...
  • International Charter activated for floods in Argentina and Bolivia jue Feb 8 2018
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for floods in Argentina and Bolivia. River burst its banks in Salta Province Heavy rains in the region caused the Pilcomayo river to overflow, leading to displacement of the local population and widespread damages. The river rises in the Andes in Bolivia and flows along the border between Argentina and Paraguay before joining...
  • Soyuz-2.1a lifts off from Vostochny Cosmodrome on 1 February.
    Satellites to monitor emergency situations launched by Russian Federation jue Feb 8 2018
    Satellites which will be used for the real-time monitoring of emergency situations were successfully put into orbit by the Russian Federation on 1 February. The remote-sensing Kanopus-Vulkan (or Kanopus-V) satellites No.3 and No. 4 were launched via a Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket which lifted off from Vostochny Cosmodrome. They are designed to assist in the detection and management of natural...
  • International satellite data aids France flooding analysis lun Feb 5 2018
    Data from the Global Precipitation Measurement mission (GPM), a joint undertaking of NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has helped determine where the largest rainfall leading to the recent floods in France occurred. The data was examined using NASA's Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) algorithm and an IMERG-derived map for the Seine River flooding is...
  • UNESCO World Water Quality Portal
    New UNESCO tool uses remote sensing data to monitor global water quality mar Jan 30 2018
    Water quality is essential when it comes to health, food production, ecosystem functions, poverty reduction, gender equality, and socio-economic development. Poor water quality leads to environmental, social and economic problems. The condition of the water, including its chemical, physical and biological characteristics, defines water quality, which could be affected by substances such as...
  • 55th session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee. Photo: UNOOSA.
    Fifty-fifth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee opens in Vienna lun Jan 29 2018
    The Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the Commitee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Spacer (COPUOS) convened on 29 January in Vienna for its fifty-fifth session. STSC is one of the two subcommittees of COPUOS and will meet until 9 February. During the upcoming session, the Subcommiteee will consider topics such as remote sensing of the Earth by satellite, space weather, recent...
  • Himawari-8 in orbit
    Scientists aim to improve weather warnings using satellite-based infrared luminance data lun Jan 29 2018
    A group of scientists from the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science has undertaken a new project that aims to improve weather forecasting. The project makes use of data from the Japanese Himawari-8 satellite and combines it with a supercomputer programme at the Riken science institute. The project aims to significantly improve weather predictions, particularly in the case of extreme...
  • Rise of the Seine river, 26 January 2018
    Copernicus Emergency Management Service activated for floods in northern France and storm in Germany Vie Jan 26 2018
    The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated on 23 January due to floods in northern France. Paris and the northeastern part of France are affected as a result of prolonged heavy rains causing a rise of the rivers Seine, Rhine and Ill. Authorities from Meteo France emitted an orange alert for floods. At the moment, 20 departments in northern and eastern France are under orange...
  • Mount Mayon in December 2009
    International Charter activated for volcano activity in Philippines and Papua New Guinea mar Jan 23 2018
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for volcanoes in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The activations have been requested by the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office. In the Philippines, Mount Mayon, the country’s most active volcano, has been spewing lava since 13 January, leading to evacuations of over 40,000...
  • Malaria in peripheral blood.Image: Ed Uthman/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0.
    Researchers test new model for predicting disease outbreak based on space data jue Jan 18 2018
    In May 2017, a team of scientists from West Virginia University used satellites to monitor temperatures, water storage, precipitation and land in order to predict a cholera outbreak in Yemen. After processing the satellite data in algorithms, the team was able to come up with a prediction model and ultimately to identify the particular areas that were most at risk for an outbreak several weeks...
  • North Carolina flood inundation maps highlight role of 3D elevation data in disaster management jue Jan 18 2018
    When natural hazards, such as hurricanes and rainstorms, approach a specific area, high-resolution elevation mapping data can help assess and mitigate likely damage. In order to support geospatial data collection, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and...
  • The Kobe-Awaji-Naruto expressway at Naruto, Tokushima prefecture, Japan.
    Japan plans to provide disaster information through car navigation via satellite Vie Jan 12 2018
    The government of Japan plans to provide drivers with disaster information straight to their cars by making use of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The proposed software aims to improve the country’s disaster preparedness such as in the case of similar events to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The proposed system utilizes Michibiki satellites and has an advantage...
  • The rising waters of the Rhine river in Bonn. Image: UN-SPIDER.
    Tracking rising waters in the Rhine river Vie Jan 12 2018
    The UN-SPIDER team has utilised radar imagery to track high levels in the Rhine river near Cologne and Dusseldorf between 6 and 8 January 2018. A combination of heavy rainfall, stormy weather and warmer temperatures than usual led to rising levels in the Rhine River. By using the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practice on flood mapping and Sentinel-1 data from 6-8 January the team developed maps...
  • Applications open for programme offering opportunity to deploy cube satellites from ISS mié Jan 10 2018
    The application period for the third round of the United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on CubeSat Deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo), “KiboCUBE”, is now open and will close on 31 March. KiboCUBE aims to provide educational or research institutions from developing countries that are United Nations Member States opportunities to deploy,...
  • Tropical Cyclone Dineo 14 February 2017. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.
    Global Humanitarian Technology Conference proceedings consider the role of satellite data for humanitarian action Vie Jan 5 2018
    Launched in 2010, the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which focuses on innovation, deployment, and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development. The proceedings of the 7th edition of the conference, which took place in October 2017 in San Jose, United...
  • A new information system for disaster management in the Andean region supports risk analysis mié Jan 3 2018
    The RIESGOS project (Spanish for “risks”) is an initiative from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and other project partners to develop a multi-risk information system. The purpose of this project is to improve the information base for natural disaster management and develop strategies to avoid or mitigate risks. This will improve the understanding of...

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