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  • ESA’s Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 22 August. Image: ESA
    Aeolus launched and produces its first data for improving weather forecasting for disaster management Mar Août 28 2018
    The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the much-awaited Aeolus satellite into orbit on 22 August. It will provide data expected to improve weather forecasting and contribute to better disaster management. Aeolus - the “Keeper of Winds” in Greek mythology - aims to track and profile global wind better. Aeolus uses the Active Doppler Wind Lidar (DLR) method, which has the potential to provide...
  • Flooding in Japan during July 2018 captured by PlanetScope. Image courtesy of Planet Labs, Inc CC-NC-BY
    Planet joins International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” as approved data contributor Ven Août 24 2018
    In May 2018, Planet joined the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” as an approved data contributor, providing the Charter with 3.7 million Planetscope data from the largest fleet of miniature Earth imagery satellites operated by Planet. Planet's constellation of microsatellites will add to the Charter's ability to respond effectively to calls after major disasters worldwide. Planet...
  • UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission follow-up in Viet Nam Mer Août 29 2018
    UN-SPIDER is working with the Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) and the Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center (DMPTC) to promote the use of space-based information in disaster management. From 13 to 17 August 2018, a team of experts led by UN-SPIDER visited Viet Nam upon invitation from VNDMA and conducted...
  • UN-SPIDER and SENACYT conduct seminar during CONVERCIENCIA 2018 Mar Août 21 2018
    UN-SPIDER and the National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) joined forces to conduct a seminar on the use of science, technology and innovation in disaster risk reduction and response efforts. The seminar was conducted in Guatemala City on 24 July 2018 as part of the week-long CONVERCIENCIA 2018 event organized by SENACYT. The seminar brought together experts from...
  • Integrated Geospatial Information Framework report published in July 2018
    New UN report on geospatial data for decision-making Lun Août 20 2018
    The United Nations (UN) Statistics Division and the World Bank have published a new guide aimed at supporting nations worldwide, in particular, developing nations, in better utilizing geospatial data in the decision-making process. The “Integrated Geospatial Information Framework”, launched on 24 July 2018, provides a strategic guide on establishing national geospatial information management...
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    Spaced-based drought indicators and dry spell in Germany Ven Août 17 2018
    A break in the heat wave that hit Europe in the summer of 2018 is giving a reprieve to many people who had been suffering from the heat. However, great damages to the vegetation and harvest remain. In Germany, the Association of Farmers has reported damages from the dry spell of over EUR 1 billion. Vegetation growth in various regions and whether there is a long-term trend in vegetation...
  • Typhoon Bebinca captured by NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite as it approaches Viet Nam on 14 Aug. Image:NASA/NOAA Worldview
    UNOOSA requests activation of International Charter for Typhoon Bebinca in Viet Nam Jeu Août 16 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has activated the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” for Typhoon Bebinca in Viet Nam, which is expected to make landfall on 17 August. UNOOSA activated the Charter on behalf of the Vietnam Disaster Management Authority. Meteorologists have forecasted wind speeds up to 90 kph and up to 300mm of rain in the coming days due to...
  • Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"
    International Charter activation for floods in Venezuela and India Jeu Août 16 2018
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Venezuela on 15 August and in India on 16 August. Floods in Venezuela In Venezuela, persistent heavy rain and swollen rivers have caused severe flooding, which has affected over 10,000 people in the Venezuelan provinces of Amazonas, Apure, Bolivar and Anzoategui. The Orinoco river reached its highest levels in...
  • Sustainable use of groundwater during the dry season is crucial for paddy farming in Saptari, Nepal. Image: ICIMOD
    ICIMOD report highlights use of space data in monitoring drought and forest fires Mer Août 15 2018
    According to a recent report published by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), space-based information can play a key role in the monitoring of agricultural droughts and forest fires. The "Building Mountain Resilience: Solutions from the Hindu Kush Himalaya" report examines the changing problems facing the Himalayan region of South Asia and highlights the...
  • Floods in Haiti in 2014. Image:UN Photo / Logan Abassi
    ESA promotes satellites to reduce impact of disasters in developing countries Ven Août 10 2018
    A new European Space Agency (ESA) project aims to allow developing countries to have greater access to powerful Earth observation tools in order to reduce risks linked to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions. ESA’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development initiative (EO4SD) will encourage International Financing Institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank and...
  • Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2). Image: JAXA
    JAXA produces Collection of Good Practice in Disaster Emergency Observation Mer Août 8 2018
    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Authority (JAXA) has released a collection of good practices in disaster emergency observation using data captured by the Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2) from 2014 to 2017. The publication showcases the contributions of space technology to disaster risk reduction and demonstrates Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) observation principles,...
  • Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"
    International Charter activation for earthquake in Indonesia Mar Août 7 2018
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated on 6 August after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Lombok, Indonesia. At least 98 people have been killed and 10,000 have been evacuated after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Lombok, destroying buildings and cutting power. The neighbouring islands of Bali and Gili Islands have also been...
  • Copernicus is the European Union's Earth Observation Programme, looking at the Earth and its environment. It offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data. Image: Copernicus
    African Union signs Cooperation Arrangement with EU Copernicus programme Jeu Août 2 2018
    The African Union (AU) Commission signed a Cooperation Arrangement with the European Commission (EC) in Brussels on 12 June 2018 to facilitate AU’s access to Earth observation data from the Sentinel satellites of the Copernicus Programme. Under the agreement, the AU Commission, African public users and African disaster management agencies will be able to access the data gathered by the Copernicus...
  • An image of Tropical Storm Toraji over Japan taken by the Suomi NPP satellite on 2 September 2013. Image: NASA/CC BY 2.0
    Japan to launch new satellite-based system for disaster prediction Mar Juil 31 2018
    Japan plans to launch a new disaster prediction system using data from both satellites and the ground, in an effort to enable local governments to efficiently organize evacuations in the event of a natural disaster. As part of the new system, disaster-prone locations will be designated in advance as monitoring spots, based on relevant information including hazard maps developed by local...
  • Wildfires in Greece near Kineta captured by the Sentinel 2 satellite on 23 July. Image: Copernicus.
    Space-based applications driving fire early warning and monitoring systems Lun Juil 30 2018
    The summer of 2018 has seen several severe wildfires across Europe and the world. A number of space-based applications and data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Union’s Copernicus programme, the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) are supporting authorities in fighting the fires. Both NASA GFWED, Copernicus’ EMS and EFFIS provide disaster...
  • UNOOSA and UNITAR-UNOSAT request activation of International Charter for floods in Lao People’s Democratic Republic Ven Juil 27 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) have jointly activated the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” for the recent floods in Lao People’s Democratic Republic on 24 July 2018. UNOOSA activated the Charter on behalf of the country’s Ministry...
  • Cover of the 2018 UN E-Government Survey. Image: UN.
    E-Governance plays critical role in advancing the field of disaster management Ven Juil 27 2018
    E-governance plays a critical role in consolidating disaster management, disaster preparedness, and emergency relief, a new United Nations report argues. The 2018 E-Government Survey discusses how e-government can facilitate integrated policies and services across the three dimensions of sustainable development. The report, produced every two years by the UN Department of Economic and Social...
  • Remnants of Lake Chad, February 2015. Image: Peter Prokosch/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
    UN Environment and Google partnership to facilitate access to environmental information Jeu Juil 26 2018
    UN Environment and Google announced a global partnership on 16 July 2018 which will see the launch of a platform to enable governments, NGOs and the public to monitor and respond to changes to the environment. Given that this Earth observation-based platform can timely track a range of environmental changes, the project may also help to improve disaster resilience and provide early warning for...
  • On 14 December 2017, ESA, acting on behalf of the European Commission, signed Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS) contracts with four industrial consortia. DIAS will give unlimited, free and complete access to Copernicus data and information. Image: ESA.
    Atos activates new Earth observation platform Mundi to consolidate disaster preparedness Mar Juil 24 2018
    Atos activated its new Earth observation platform Mundi Web Services on 21 June 2018. The platform is already being used by several clients to evaluate and manage disaster risks. On behalf of the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA), Atos created the Mundi platform to combine real-time geo data from Copernicus, the world’s largest single Earth observation program, with data...
  • European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska announcing the launch of Copernicus DIAS on 20 June 2018 in Baveno, Italy. Image: Copernicus
    Copernicus launches DIAS services during 20th anniversary celebrations Ven Juil 20 2018
    The European Commission has launched an initiative to facilitate access to Copernicus data and information services. DIAS is designed to improve users’ ability to access as well as process Copernicus data and information by standardizing access to data through five cloud-based platforms: CREODIAS, MUNDI, ONDA, SOBLOO and WEKEO. The European Union’s Copernicus programme produces up to 12 terabytes...
  • An aerial view of flooding in Pakistan in 2010. Image Australian Government/CC BY 2.0
    Pakistan launches Earth observation satellite to monitor disasters Jeu Juil 19 2018
    Pakistan launched an Earth observation satellite into space on 9 July which will assist the country to monitor natural disasters. The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) was propelled into space on a Chinese Long March 2C rocket which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Center in northwest China. PRSS-1 is equipped with two panchromatic/multispectral cameras, with a resolution up to...

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