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  • The "Flying Laptop". Image: DLR.
    German Aerospace Center and University of Stuttgart test laser communications for the transmission of Earth observation data Mar Avr 23 2019
    Optical transmission techniques are considered to be the most effective way to transmit the significant amounts of data obtained day after day from Earth observation satellites to the ground for analysis. With a small test satellite, a corresponding data transmission via laser has now been successfully tested by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the University of Stuttgart. Earth observation...
  • Image: Sentinel Hub
    Sentinel Hub launches Custom Scripts Contest Mar Avr 23 2019
    Sentinel Hub, together with the European Earth Observation programme Copernicus and the European Space Agency, are looking for new and innovative ideas and scripts for Sentinel data processing and visualization. The contest will run until 5 May 2019 and all the entries will be judged by a jury of experts on functionality and usefulness, as well as possible commercial value. The EU Earth...
  • The Copernicus Sentinel-1 image combines two acquisitions over the same area of eastern Iraq, one from 14 November 2018 before heavy rains fell and one from 26 November 2018 after the storms.
    Five years of Sentinel-1 Ven Avr 19 2019
    On 3 April, the Sentinel-1A satellite completed five years of activity. Launched in 2014, the satellite works in coordination with Sentinel-1B, launched in 2016. For five years, they have delivered a wealth of data and imagery that are central to Europe’s Copernicus programme. By offering a set of key information services for a broad range of applications, this global monitoring programme makes a...
  • Cover of SAR Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation. Image: SERVIR GLOBAL.
    SERVIR releases handbook on using SAR methodologies for forest monitoring and biomass estimation Lun Avr 15 2019
    SERVIR, a joint development initiative of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and SilvaCarbon, a U.S. government programme working to enhance capacity around the world in monitoring and managing forests, have announced the release of the “Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest...
  • The Copernicus Masters 2019 competition is looking for solutions, applications and business concepts from start-ups, universities and individuals in the fields of research, business and higher education. Image: ESA & AZO.
    Copernicus Masters 2019 opens for submissions Jeu Avr 11 2019
    An international competition organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting contributions until  30 June 2019. Copernicus Masters awards prizes to innovative solutions for business and society that use Earth observation data from the European Copernicus programme. Individuals, universities and higher education institutions, startups, as well as small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs...
  • UN-SPIDER conducts Institutional Strengthening Mission to Ecuador Lun Avr 8 2019
    As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide in making use of space-based information for disaster management, UN-SPIDER carries out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Ecuador from 8 to 12 April 2019 upon the request of the Government of Ecuador. This activity is jointly organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its...
  • This cropped image of Italy was captured by Sentinel-3A on 28 September 2016. As the colours in this image suggest, the camera can be used to monitor ocean ecosystems and vegetation on land which brings significant benefits to society through more informed decision-making. Image: ESA.
    Italy launches satellite for monitoring disasters Lun Avr 8 2019
    On 21 March in French Guiana, the Italian remote sensing satellite PRISMA launched aboard a Vega rocket of European launch provider Arianespace. Data from the satellite will be used for natural disaster prevention and disaster response, among other purposes. The satellite was designed for Italian researchers and will serve as a prototype for future missions. With PRISMA’s images, scientist will...
  • This cropped, false-colour image captured with Sentinel-2A on 18 November 2016, depicts northwestern China. Since the 1960s, the Tian Shan glaciers have lost a quarter of their ice mass and scientists estimate that they will shrink by half until 2050. The melting process of glaciers pose threats to communities living downstream. Image: ESA.
    New Chinese satellites will support country’s disaster management Lun Avr 8 2019
    After completing in-orbit tests, China officially put two new Earth observation satellites into operation on 21 March. As new part of China’s High-definition Earth Observation Satellite (CHEOS), Gaofen-5 and -6 will aid in environmental protection, agricultural and forestry surveys and disaster relief. Gaofen-5 and -6 will improve China’s capability to receive ground images and data, thereby...
  • View of Southern California Wildfires From the International Space Station
    Research paper reviews application of satellite observation for fire mapping Jeu Avr 4 2019
    A new review paper presents historical background and current developments for mapping burned area from satellite Earth observation. The authors explore the physical basis to detect burned area from satellite observations, describes the historical trends of using satellite sensors to monitor burned areas, summarizes the most recent approaches to map burned areas and evaluates the existing burned...
  • Floods imaged by Copernicus Sentinel-1.
    Tropical Cyclone Idai monitored from space Jeu Avr 4 2019
    Millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are struggling to cope with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, which has swept through this part of southeast Africa over the last weeks, leaving devastation in its wake. It is thought that more than two million people in the three countries have been affected, but the extent of destruction is still unfolding. The authorities and military are...
  • Gas emissions at Volcán Copahue, captured on January 5, 2013 using EO-1 ALI data from the NASA EO-1 team.
    New satellite-based study of Latin America volcanoes could help researchers better predict eruptions Jeu Avr 4 2019
    To predict when a volcano will erupt, researchers rely on indirect signals. However, without long-term and ground-based observations, it is difficult to determine whether these signals are normal disturbances or indicators of a looming eruption. New research suggests satellite data could help to fill that gap and improve scientists understanding of the complex warning signs a volcano may issue...
  • Visualization of the GPM Core Observatory satellite orbiting the planet earth.
    GPM completes five years of operations Mar Avr 2 2019
    Five years ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory as a joint satellite. Since then, the instruments on GPM have provided advanced measurements about rain and snow particles within clouds, Earth’s precipitation patterns, extreme weather and precipitation...
  • UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission to Peru Lun Avr 1 2019
    As part of it advisory support activities, UN-SPIDER is carrying out out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Peru from 1 to 5 April to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all aspects of disaster management. Based on exchanges with a wide range of stakeholders, UN-SPIDER will provide recommendations as to how to strengthen the use of space-based information in...
  • Parts of Iran (Islamic Republic of) and the region captured by the MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite on 29 March 2019. Image: NASA Worldview application.
    UNOOSA activates International Charter for flood in Islamic Republic of Iran Dim Mar 31 2019
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), as part of the support it provides to Member States through its UN-SPIDER programme, has requested the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" for monitoring the impact of the floods in the Islamic Republic of Iran caused by heavy rainfall in the southwestern provinces of Golestan and Mazandaran on 31 March....
  • This image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 28 December 2015. It demonstrates Nepal’s varied terrain from the mountains to the north (left side) to the plains in the south (right side). Vegetation appears red in this false-colour image, while waterways and buildings appear light green and blue. Image: ESA.
    Nepal establishes first satellite project Ven Mar 29 2019
    On 12 March, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) signed an agreement with French satellite operator Thales Alenia Space to build Nepal’s first communications satellite. The Nepalese government intends to use the satellite to provide nationwide internet access to its citizens, improve disaster management efforts and strengthen economic growth in the country. The development of Nepal’s own...
  • Mapping Cyclone Pam’s destruction with drones.
    ITU report highlights use of disruptive technologies in disaster management Lun Mar 25 2019
    The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published a new report about the use and opportunities of ICT and disruptive technologies for disaster risk reduction and management. The publication was announced during the third ITU Global Forum on Emergency Telecommunications, which took place from 6 to 8 March 2019 in Balaclava, Mauritius. The study finds that technological advancement and...
  • The false-colour image of the Italian landscape is captured with Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite. This region is prone to earthquakes. Sentinel-1’s radar technology can provide images with a resolution of 10 m and within hours of acquisition to aid emergency response. Image: ESA.
    New project evaluates how Copernicus data can support Sendai Framework reporting Jeu Mar 21 2019
    A new project seeks to evaluate how satellite remote sensing and Copernicus satellite data can support reporting related to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR). Cop4Sen will be implemented by the German National Coordination for the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS) under the auspice of the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster...
  • Participants during national training programme in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
    UN-SPIDER conducts Institutional Strengthening Mission to Lao People's Democratic Republic Mer Mar 20 2019
    As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide on accessing space-based information for disaster management and emergency response, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Lao People’s Democratic Republic from 18 to 22 March 2019 upon the request of the Ministry of Science and Technology. This activity was jointly organized by the United...
  • Participants are being trained in analyzing maps produced as part of International Charter activations.
    UN-SPIDER carries out Institutional Strengthening Mission to Myanmar Mar Mar 19 2019
    As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Myanmar from 11 to 15 March 2019 upon the request of the government. This activity was jointly organized by UN-SPIDER and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat), under auspices of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettle­ment...
  • UN-SPIDER high-level workshop strengthens use of Earth observation for disaster management in Myanmar Lun Mar 18 2019
    The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) carried out a joint high-level advocacy workshop in Myanmar under auspices of the country’s Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettle­ment (MSWRR). Experts from the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education...
  • The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the cyclone on March 11, 2019, as it spun across the Mozambique Channel. Image: NASA.
    UNOOSA activates International Charter for Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe Lun Mar 18 2019
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), as part of the support it provides to Member States through its UN-SPIDER programme, has requested the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" for monitoring the impact of Cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe, which hit the country's eastern provinces on 15 and 16 March. The Charter was activated on behalf of the United...

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