• Southeast Asia seen from Space
    UN-SPIDER activities in Asia in 2015 Vie Jan 30 2015
    UN-SPIDER, through its UN-SPIDER Beijing office, is planning several activities in Asia in 2015. Experts who might be interested in participating or contributing to these activities are kindly asked to save the dates. More information and specific calls for participation on the individual activities will be published a few months before each event. May 2015, Hangzhou, China: ASEAN Regional...
  • El Niño: strong wave of warm water approaching South America on January 2010.
    Global warming will increase extreme weather risk Vie Jan 30 2015
    According to a study released on 26 January 2015 in Nature Climate Change, extreme weather events in the Pacific Ocean will be exacerbated by greenhouse warming and climate change. Employing a climate modelling analysis, scientists found that future weather patterns are likable to switch between extremes of wet and dry from one year to the next, such as in the cases of El Niño and La Niña. La...
  • Flooding of the Mississippi river in 2011 (Image: NASA)
    Call for expressions of interest: UN-SPIDER capacity building programme in USA jue Jan 29 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...
  • ADRC: Regional Support Office activities in 2015 jue Jan 29 2015
    The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) has been a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) since 2009. In 2015, the ADRC will continue to promote and support the use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction in its role as a UN-SPIDER RSO. In doing do, ADRC will continue to participate in the Sentinel Asia project.  The project was launched in 2006 with the objective of...
  • Dove cubesats of Planet Lab's "Flock 1" constellation.
    Earth observation cubesats to be developed by Planet Labs jue Jan 29 2015
    The American private company Planet Labs announced that it will invest USD 95 million into the development of Earth-observation satellites of reduced dimensions and high-resolution imagery potential. The cubesats will be just 20 centimeters long, 10 centimeters wide and 10 centimeters tall. The so-called "Doves" will be able to capture imagery with a resolution of 3 to 5 meters and will deliver...
  • Typhoon Mindulle swiping Taiwan on July 6, 2004.
    Cosmic Cube released for weather and earthquake forecasting mié Jan 28 2015
    On 27 January 2015, scientists from the National Central University of Taiwan, Province of China, announced the release of the world’s most compact and precise advanced ionospheric probe (AIP). The AIP will be installed on the FORMOSAT-5 optical remote-sensing satellite and will be used to enhance weather and earthquake forecasting services. The so-called "Cosmic Cube" is capable of measuring...
  • Global observation of swells in the Indian Ocean on 09 December 2008
    Over 17 years in service: Meteosat-7 is longest-serving Eumetsat satellite mié Jan 28 2015
    The seventh of the Meteosat First Generation series of satellites was launched in September 1997 and is currently the longest-serving operational Eumetsat's satellite. Meteosat-7 had a designed life prospect of five years.  In 2006, Meteosat-7 was relocated to provide Indian Ocean Data Coverage (IODC) in support of the tsunami early warning system. Located above the Equator at longitude 57.5 °E,...
  • Crater Highlands of Tanzania reveals the difference between 90 meter and 30 meter SRTM data
    USGS: Enhanced topographic data for climate change research mar Jan 27 2015
    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) announced that improved global topographic data are now publicly available for most of Asia (India, China, southern Siberia, Japan, Indonesia), Oceania (Australia, New Zealand), and western Pacific Islands. Elevation data were collected through the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) to deliver precise baseline information that help to better...
  • The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 detected the landslide debris in Northern India on 18 January 2015
    CartoSat-2 detects flood risk caused by landslide in Northern India mar Jan 27 2015
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) analysed satellite images collected from the CartoSat-2 satellite in order to evaluate the damages caused by a landslide in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir. The landslide, which occurred on 31 December 2014, is blocking the Tsarap River which may lead to a damaging flood downstream. According to ISRO's evaluation, the earthen dam is about 600...
  • MERIS image of Denmark, on 1 June 2003.
    TerraSAR-X satellite images help detect flooded areas in Denmark lun Jan 26 2015
    In order to monitor and map the spatial extent of the flooding caused by two storms passing over Denmark the weekend of 9 to 11 January 2015, radar images from TerraSAR-X satellite were employed. The analysis and mapping of the flooded area was conducted by Airbus Defence and Space on behalf of DHI GRAS, a worldwide provider of remote sensing and GIS services for hydrology, water quality,...
  • SAR-EDU: New web platform for radar remote sensing education lun Jan 26 2015
    SAR-EDU, a new web platform for radar remote sensing education has been recently launched. SAR-EDU is a joint education initiave for Radar Remote Sensing, conducted and coordinated by Friedrich-Schiller University Jena and the German Aerospace Center DLR. It includes 62 learning units on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)-based remote sensing. Users can register for free on the SAR-EDU website in...
  • Space debris in low Earth orbit
    ESA: Redesigning low-orbit satellite missions for cleaner outer space Vie Jan 23 2015
    European satellite manufactures will meet in March to discuss redesigning low-orbit missions in order to combat the increasing problem of space debris. The workshop has been an initiative of ESA's Clean Space Initiative. It will be a forum where European companies will have the opportunity to present their own technologies for debris mitigation, said ESA's representative Jessica Delaval. A...
  • Copernicus satellite's image of the Napa Valley quake captured on 2 February 2014.
    USGS: Fewer Large Earthquakes in 2014 Vie Jan 23 2015
    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) of the Department of the Interior provided significant information on the characteristics and trend of earthquakes in 2014. USGS estimated that the number of large earthquakes decreased from 19 in 2013 to 12 in 2014 but that moderate seismic activity was registered in areas relatively new to seismicity. Worldwide, 11 earthquakes reached magnitude 7.0-7.9...
  • Earth image taken from NASA's Visible Earth. Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli with enhancements by Robert Simmon.
    Space for Climate adopted as key theme for 2015 by the French Space Agency jue Jan 22 2015
    On 15 January 2015, the French Space Agency, CNES, made a public statement on its plan to focus on climate science in 2015, in preparation to the major upcoming climate change conference - the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) - to be held Paris later this year. CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall announced...
  • OpenQuake Platform launched to facilitate access to earthquake data jue Jan 22 2015
    On 21 January 2015, the GEM Foundation published a web-based platform that enables access to a wide variety of sources on earthquakes. The OpenQuake platform is the product an open source collaboration by over 300 experts across the world and it will enhance risk assessment and information-sharing with a broad community. The platform is extremely significant for enrich our understanding of risk...
  • Radar image of land use in the Po Basin, Italy, acquired on 14 December 2012.
    New global agriculture maps released jue Jan 22 2015
    In order to enhance global cropland information for regional and global food security planning and information on field size, two new global maps have been recently released in the journal Global Change Biology. The first, IIASA-IFPRI Global Cropland Map, illustrates global cropland percentages at 1 kilometer resolution for the year 2005 and it was elaborated by the International Institute for...
  • MapReduce Geo application unveiled to simplify raster data processing mié Jan 21 2015
    In order to simplify and economize the storage and processing of large-scale raster data, the United States National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency recently made available the new MapReduce Geo (MrGeo) application. This geospatial toolkit will allow users to benefit from the agency’s collaboration with DigitalGlobe, by decreasing the time needed to search, download, process and format data for...
  • Image of Madagascar acquired by Envisat's Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on 30 June 2009
    Madagascar: International Charter activated for widespread floods mar Jan 20 2015
    On 18 January 2015, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated in Madagascar in response to heavy rainfall resulting in widespread flooding. The activation of the mechanism to provide satellite-based resources free of charge was requested by the Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (COGIC) on behalf of the Bureau National de Gestion des...
  • Fifth and sixth Galileo satellites before being launched on 19 August 2014.
    Six Galileo navigation satellites to be launched in 2015 mar Jan 20 2015
    The European Space Agency (ESA) announced the launch of six navigation satellites to occur in 2015. The satellites will be put into orbit as additional pieces of the European navigation satellite system Galileo. During a press briefing, ESA's Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain said: "The launch of six satellites is scheduled for 2015. The Commission will determine the terms of the launches at...
  • Image of Cabo Verde collected for NASA's Global Volcanism Program 12 June 2009
    Satellite data help assess historic volcanic eruption in Cabo Verde lun Jan 19 2015
    The German Research Centre for Geosciences GFZ is currently conducting research to better assess the evolution of the largest and most damaging eruption on the archipelago of the Cabo Verde Islands of the last 60 years, which started on 23 November 2014. The GFZ Hazard and Risk Team (HART) is acting to support local partners by observing the volcano eruption and providing significance assistance...
  • Satellite image of Malaysia captured on 05/05/2006
    Malaysia: New Flood Mitigation Research Centre lun Jan 19 2015
    On 16 January 2014, the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the establishment of a new Centre of Excellence for Research on disaster management and flood mitigation. The Center will be financed by the Long Term Research Grant Scheme and Fundamental Reserach Grant Scheme to advance research in the fields of disaster management and flood mitigation in the country. The...


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