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  • SE-CONRED, SENACYT, AMSA, and IAA-USAC of Guatemala conduct training course on flood mapping Thu Oct 19 2017
    The Executive Secretariat of Guatemala’s National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Risk Reduction (SE-CONRED), the National Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT), the National Authority for the Sustainable Management of Amatitlan Lake (AMSA) and the Institute of Environmental Studies of the Faculty of Agriculture of the San Carlos University of Guatemala (IAA-USAC) are joining forces to...
  • Sentinel-5P
    Sentinel-5P satellite launched to monitor the atmosphere Wed Oct 18 2017
    The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring the atmosphere was launched successfully on 13 October. The Sentinel-5P will measure global levels of atmospheric trace gases that affect air quality such as Ozone (O3), Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) and Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), as well as aerosols in the Earth’s atmosphere. The data, which will be openly accessibly, will allow for the development of...
  • Sentinel-2A captured Lake Amadeus in Australia’s Northern Territory
    New online resources for Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service Tue Oct 17 2017
    The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) has published a number of new free online tutorials on how to use the information services provided by it. 35 video tutorials covering a variety of topics from beginner to advanced level have been uploaded and can now be accessed by anyone interested in marine environment monitoring. Among them are videos on a range of satellite...
  • Ganges River Delta.
    Remote sensing-based method complements in situ applications to improve river flow monitoring Thu Oct 12 2017
    Tracking flux or discharge of water is not easy as it breezes through rivers globally. For a long time, hydrologists have been tracking river flows using gauging stations. Although accurate, such stations expensive to install and maintain. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the Canadian Space Agency and the UK Space...
  • Launch of QZSA satellite Michibiki-1 in 2010.
    Latest addition to Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System to support communication in disaster management Wed Oct 11 2017
    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have launched the Michibiki-4 communications satellite. The new satellite is part of a terrestrial positioning network system that will allow better communication in case traditional communication networks are unavailable due to a natural disaster. The satellite complements the Global Positioning System (GPS) and will...
  • EvIDENz workshop in Bonn.
    EvIDENz project presents mid-term results Thu Sep 28 2017
    The project on Earth Observation Based Information Products for Drought Risk Reduction at the National Level (EvIDENz) conducted a workshop from 21 to 22 September at the United Nations Campus in Bonn to present its mid-term results. The event brought together project partners, scientists, policy-makers, practitioners and representatives of governmental institutions. During the workshop,...
  • Mexico earthquake
    Emergency mechanisms activated for Mexico earthquake Wed Sep 20 2017
    The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) - Mapping and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters have been activated for a 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico. The earthquake is considered among the strongest to hit Mexico. Several people were trapped under the collapsed buildings. Emergency workers, volunteers and military personnel are have been working day and night in search...
  • Drought in Sri Lanka in 2012.
    New drought monitoring indices for South Asia Tue Sep 19 2017
    The ongoing drought in Sri Lanka, believed to be the worst in 40 years, began towards the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 with abnormally low soil moisture in Northern Sri Lanka and India’s Tamil Nadu state. At the beginning of this month, the number of people affected by the drought exceeded two million. Drought is not a novel phenomenon in Sril Lanka, but what makes the current episode...
  • Hurricane Maria
    Emergency mechanisms activated for Hurricane Maria Tue Sep 19 2017
    The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) - Mapping and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters have been activated for Hurricane Maria, a category 5 storm, as it made landfall on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Category 5 is the highest grade on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. With sustained wind of 252 km/h or higher, category 5 hurricanes are expected to...
  • EO College website
    New Earth observation online learning platform launches with radar remote sensing course Thu Sep 14 2017
    A new online platform offers Earth observation courses, learning resources and social network functionalities to foster exchange among users. EO College has been launched by SAR-EDU, a joint education initiative for Radar Remote Sensing by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena. The platform kicks off with "Echoes in Space", a five-week massive open online course...
  • Flood in Niger in 2012.
    UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER requests activation of Copernicus Emergency Management Service - Mapping for Niger floods Mon Sep 11 2017
    Heavy rains and serious flooding at the end of August caused destruction of infrastructure in several parts of Niger. In the capital, Niamey, the authorities order thousands to leave their houses. Since the start of the rainy season in May, torrential rains and resulting floods in the country has caused more than 40 deaths, with more than 82,000 people affected. Last week, over 100mm of rain were...
  • New soil moisture data set developed under ESA's Climate Change Initiative Mon Sep 11 2017
    Large parts of Southern Europe have suffered from drought this summer as a result of ruthless heat and low rainfall. A new near-real-time soil moisture data set developed as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Climate Change Initiative (CCI) uses space-derived information to support drought monitoring efforts. “Lucifer”, as this year’s heatwave across Southern Europe is nicknamed, has...
  • Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.
    UN-SPIDER supports emergency response for Hurricane Irma in Haiti Fri Sep 8 2017
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), on behalf of United Nations Haiti, DSRSG/RC/HC Office, has requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for Haiti, as Hurricane Irma made landfall on the country's northern coast last night. Torrential rain resulted in heavy flooding. Haiti's northern departments have been put on hurricane alert, while...
  • Emergency mechanisms activated for Hurricane Irma Wed Sep 6 2017
    The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) - Mapping and the International Charter Space and Major Disasters have been activated as Hurricane Irma makes landfall on the islands of the north-east Caribbean. Hurricane Irma developed from a tropical storm to a powerful Category 5 storm, the highest on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, and is the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in...
  • Flash floods in Afghanistan in 2016.
    Satellite products support Afghanistan early warning system Fri Aug 25 2017
    According to the International Disaster Database, floods and other hydrological hazards have claimed 15,000 lives and cost an estimated USD 396 million in Afghanistan between 1980 and 2015. Earlier this year, flash floods following heavy rains killed at least 60 people in the country's eastern province of Badakhshan. Leveraging a new meteorological satellite data reception, visualization and...
  • UN-GGIM Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters
    New UN-GGIM strategic framework provides guidance for use of geospatial information and services in disaster risk management Wed Aug 23 2017
    The Working Group on Geospatial Information and Services for Disasters (WG-GISD) of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) has published a "Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services for Disaster" to guide all stakeholders and partners in the management of geospatial information and services in all phases of disaster risk...
  • Floods in Nepal. Image: UN Country Team Nepal.
    UN-SPIDER supports emergency responses for Nepal and Sierra Leone floods and landslides Wed Aug 16 2017
    Heavy rainfall has caused deadly flooding and mudslides in and around Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, while the worst monsoon rains in 15 years have triggered flooding and landslides in 27 of Nepal's 75 districts. UNOOSA has requested the activation of the European Commission Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service for both disasters. The United Nations Officer for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has...
  • Ministry of Home Affairs - National Emergency Operation Centre
    UN-SPIDER carries out Technical Advisory Mission to Nepal Fri Aug 11 2017
    From 31 July to 4 August 2017, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Nepal to evaluate the current and potential use of space-derived information in all aspects of disaster management and offering recommendations to strengthen the disaster risk management and emergency response in the country. The mission was conducted upon request from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA)...
  • 2014 Landslide in Washington State
    Research analyses potential of satellite data in detecting ground movement before landslides Mon Aug 7 2017
    Landslides claim many lives and cause economic loss every year. According to one database recording occurrences of landslides, there were 444 landslides leading to 2,250 fatalities in 2016. Five of these landslides were triggered by earthquakes, one of the many natural and human causes for landslides. Traditional detection and monitoring techniques are based on in-situ data from sensors measuring...
  • Guatemala training course July 2017
    UN-SPIDER joins forces with SENACYT, SE-CONRED and IAA-USAC to conduct a training course in Guatemala Fri Aug 4 2017
    In recent decades, Guatemala has been experiencing disasters triggered by geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards that have impacted urban and rural communities. In order to increase the country’s capacity to make use of to address these hazards, UN-SPIDER, in conjunction with the National Secretariat of the Council of Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) and the Executive Secretariat...
  • UN-SPIDER and DGPC conduct training course in EI Salvador Fri Jul 28 2017
    El Salvador is exposed to hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards and has a history of destructive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms, and droughts. In order to increase the capacity of the inter-institutional technical team headed by the Directorate of Civil Protection of El Salvador (DGPC) on the use remote sensing techniques to generate geospatial information to address...

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