• Global precipitation map (Image: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)
    NASA releases first global rainfall and snowfall map lun Mar 2 2015
    NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall. The GPM Core Observatory – launched one year ago on 27 February 2014, as a collaboration between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency – acts as the standard to unify precipitation measurements from a network of 12 satellites. The result is NASA's Integrated Multi-satellite...
  • Three panels from the National Land Cover Database depicting land cover change in the vicinity of Fairbanks, Alaska, from 2001 to 2011
    USGS: New land cover data released for Alaska Vie Feb 27 2015
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new dataset for land cover in Alaska; it is publicly available and covers ten years. Based on Landsat satellite imagery taken in 2011, the data describe the land cover of each 30-meter cell of land in Alaska and identifies which ones have changed since the year 2001. USGS elaborates on their website: "The extensive National Land Cover Dataset...
  • True-color MODIS image of Bolivia (Image: NASA)
    International Charter activated for floods in Bolivia Vie Feb 27 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in northern Bolivia after heavy rain caused the River Acre to overflow on 24 February 2015. The mechanism will provide up-to-date satellite-based information products and maps. The activation was triggered by SIFEM-DNPC on behalf of SINAGER - VIDECI. USGS will handle the project management for this activation. The...
  • UNOOSA and DigitalGlobe have signed a memorandum of understand on satellite imagery
    UNOOSA and DigitalGlobe sign agreement to collaborate on satellite imagery Vie Feb 27 2015
    UNOOSA and DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of high-resolution satellite imagery and geospatial solutions, have signed a memorandum of understanding to take stock of their combined expertise in the use of earth observation technologies for economic, social, and scientific development and improved decision-making, particularly in developing countries. "Cooperation and collaboration in the...
  • Sentinel-2A's Laser Terminal (Image: ESA)
    European Data Relay System services for Copernicus jue Feb 26 2015
    The European Union Copernicus programme will be supported by services of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) according to a recent press release. ESA and Airbus DS have signed a service level agreement on 20 February 2015 to provide high-speed communications to the Copernicus Sentinel-1 and -2 dedicated missions, starting in 2015 until 2021, with an option for extension until 2028. ESA...
  • DLR and the United Nations University agreed on closer cooperation
    United Nations University and German Aerospace Center strengthen collaboration jue Feb 26 2015
    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the United Nations University (UNU) have agreed to continue to strengthen their cooperation. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Chairman of the DLR Executive Board, and Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector of UNU in Europe and Director of UNU Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) in Bonn, signed an agreement to this effect on 23 February 2015. DLR and UNU expect...
  • UNOOSA contributes to CEOS/ESA publication on Earth observation for disaster risk reduction mié Feb 25 2015
    UNOOSA has contributed to a new publication by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) on the use of satellite-based Earth observation (EO) for disaster risk reduction. "Satellite Earth Observations in Support of Disaster Risk Reduction" is a special edition developed for the upcoming Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in...
  • 1780 people in the Austrian Alps had to be rescued last year
    New system uses satellites to support rescue missions in the Alps mié Feb 25 2015
    The European Space Agency ESA and TeleConsult Austria have developed a new internet-based system Sarontar to support rescue missions in the Alps combining satellites and hybrid technologies. The Sarontar application along with a satellite modem replaces the traditionally used FM radio as it provides more reliability in mountainous regions than the FM radio. The application is able to track,...
  • Floods in Sri Lanka (Image: Flickr/Ranveig)
    IWMI: Low-cost weather stations to help Sri Lanka prepare for floods mar Feb 24 2015
    New Mobile Weather Stations, designed by scientists at the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute, capture and transmit near real-time data on rainfall, helping raise the alarm when rains reach a certain level of intensity. The new Mobile Weather Stations are equipped with an atomic clock to give precise time and date readings, and a GPS sensor, which updates automatically if...
  • Flooding of the Mississippi river in 2011 (Image: NASA)
    Call for expressions of interest: UN-SPIDER capacity building programme in USA mar Feb 24 2015
    In partnership with Delta State University and Geospatial Information Technology Association (GITA), UN-SPIDER is organising a capacity building programme for developing countries from 27 July to 7 August 2015 in the United States of America and is calling potential participants for expressions of interest. The programme will include a symposium on the use of space-based technologies for...
  • UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal now available in French lun Feb 23 2015
    Selected elements and sections of the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal are now available in French. This new language version complements the existing English and Spanish versions of the website. The goal of this new feature is to allow users from French-speaking countries, such as many countries in Africa, to browse relevant content in their language thus enhancing the outreach of the Portal. The user...
  • Earth from Space (Image:NASA)
    New satellite can capture entire dayside Earth lun Feb 23 2015
    The first satellite capable of watching the entire diurnal side of Earth continuously, DSCOVR, was launched into space earlier this month. Unlike current satellites that can only look at a single point on Earth once per day, the Deep-Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) has a camera that can sweep across an entire hemisphere – from the North Pole to the South Pole – which will allow researchers to...
  • Biomass (Image: ESA)
    ESA: Biomass satellite to be launched in 2020 lun Feb 23 2015
    Last week, Member States of the European Space Agency ESA decided a new biomass satellite to become the seventh Earth Explorer mission, being launched in 2020. The mission addresses the status and dynamics of tropical forests. Its primary scientific objectives are to determine the distribution of above-ground biomass in these forests and to measure annual changes in this stock over the period of...
  • Three active fault zones run through Turkey making it very prone to earthquakes
    Turkey: Two thirds live in areas with earthquake risk Vie Feb 20 2015
    According to the Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), 50 million people in Turkey live in areas with earthquake risks. That is, two thirds of the country's population. Of these 50 million people, 33 million live in regions with high earthquake risk; roughly 23 million people live in areas with a low earthquake risk. The assessment also revealed that 10...
  • General Assembly resolution recognizes work of UN-SPIDER Vie Feb 20 2015
    On 23 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted its resolution A/RES/69/243 of the sixty-ninth session on "International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief to development". The resolution was published on 11 February 2015 and makes explicit mention of the UN-SPIDER programme twice. In the ten page document, the General Assembly...
  • ICIMOD and PCRWR are conducting a workshop on satellite-based remote sensing for water management
    ICIMOD conducts workshop on remote sensing for water management jue Feb 19 2015
    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Nepal, is co-organising a workshop with the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) on using satellite imagery to better manage freshwater resources "Nurturing Satellite Remote Sensing Applications for Water Management in South Asia" is taking place in Islamabad, Pakistan...
  • Trimble India's new instrument can help prepare for volcanic eruptions
    Trimble India: New instrument for earthquake and volcano early warning jue Feb 19 2015
    The private company Trimble India developed a new instrument for improved earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring. The intergrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications can provide real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for disaster...
  • QuickBird's final image showing Port Elizabeth in South Africa
    DigitalGlobe: End of QuickBird mission mié Feb 18 2015
    On 27 January, the QuickBird Earth Observation satellite re-entered Earth’s atmosphere after 13 years in orbit. It was a satellite of the imagery provider DigitalGlobe and the company's oldest satellite. DigitalGlobe stated in a press release: "QuickBird made more than 70,000 trips around the planet, capturing some 636 million square kilometers of high-resolution earth imagery that contributed to...
  • Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov and Secretary-General of ICDO Vladimir Kuvshinov
    EMERCOM strengthens ties with International Civil Defence Organisation mié Feb 18 2015
    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 Emergency Situations, Vladimir Puchkov, met with Secretary-General of the International Civil Defense Organization (ICDO), Vladimir Kuvshinov, on 16 February in Geneva to sign...
  • Microsatellites TET-1 and BIROS
    Germany to launch microsatellite to detect forest fires mié Feb 18 2015
    In October 2015, Germany will launch the Berlin Infrared Optical System (BIROS), a microsatellite capable of monitoring forest fires from Space. The microsatellite was partly developed by the Institute of Optical Sensor Systems in Berlin of the German Aerospace Agency (DLR). BIROS will be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. As part of the FIREBIRD mission, with its on-board...
  • NASA's ER-2 research aircraft. (Image: NASA AFRC)
    NASA: Measuring atmospheric rivers from air and Space mar Feb 17 2015
    NASA's ER-2 instrumented research aircraft is supporting CalWater 2015, a multiagency, interdisciplinary field campaign, designed to improve the understanding of when and how California ends up on the receiving end of atmospheric rivers. Atmospheric rivers are short-lived weather events that carry a flood of moisture from the tropics to the U.S. West Coast. The instrument also measures how much...


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