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  • Dzud risk map. Image: information and Research Institute of Meteorology Hydrology and Environment
    Remote sensing data used for dzud early action in Mongolia Wed Feb 19 2020
    The Mongolian National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NAMEM) has developed a extreme winter (dzud) risk map for the country using MODIS satellite data, among other resources. The map shows that over 50 per cent of the country are at risk of a severe winter. Following the analysis, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released...
  • The terminus of Bear Glacier occurs in iceberg filled freshwater lagoon. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Image: NASA.
    Large integrated satellite study reveals Greenland Ice Sheet melting faster Mon Feb 3 2020
    Scientists from 50 scientific institutions, led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) combined 26 independent satellite datasets to show that the Greenland Ice Sheet melt is increasing. The group studied data from 1992 to 2018, taking direct measurements of the continent-sized glacier. The study found that decade averages for ice melt has...
  • 3D visualization of the Australian smoke plumes. Image: NASA.
    NASA releases interactive 3D visualization of Australian smoke plumes Mon Feb 3 2020
    When analysing wildfires and their impacts, remote sensing instruments provide frequent, broad coverage at minimal incremental cost and at no risk, compared with traditional in situ monitoring. Over the past 20 years, the research community has developed tools and techniques to capture key aspects of fire behavior and impacts, with data from spaceborne instruments such as the Multiangle Imaging...
  • Aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique in March 2019. Image: Denis Onyodi/IFRC/DRK/Climate Centre.
    Extreme weather events, major disasters among top five in Global Risks Report 2020 Thu Jan 16 2020
    A new report lists extreme weather events and major natural disasters among the top five risks in terms of likelihood over the next decade. The Global Risks Report 2020, published by the World Economic Forum, is based on a survey of 750 global experts and decision-makers who ranked their concerns in terms of likelihood and impact. Climate action failure, biodiversity loss and human-made...
  • CSSTEAP announces 2020/2021 postgraduate programmes Thu Jan 16 2020
    The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), which is affiliated to the United Nations, has announced its 2020/2021 postgraduate courses in Remote Sensing and GIS, Satellite Meteorology and Global Climate, and Space and Atmospheric Science. The Remote Sensing and GIS course will be held from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 at the Indian Institute of Remote...
  • Satellite data saves precious minutes and millions of dollars during disasters, NASA study finds Tue Dec 17 2019
    A first of its kind study by researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, calculated the Value of Information (VOI) for the near real-time satellite data available during a disaster. The team used MODIS data and QGIS to create water extent maps for a 2011 flood in Thailand. The results allowed researchers to analyze paths from ambulance houses and fire stations to...
  • Participants at the 8th African Space Leadership Conference. Image: ESSTI.
    8th African Space Leadership Conference focusses on space science and technology for sustainable development Thu Dec 12 2019
    As the African space sector is growing rapidly, with Ethiopia being the latest country from the region to launch its first satellite, the number of initiatives to make use of space technologies in sustainable development is increasing. In November 2019, for instance, Egypt launched the African Development Satellite Project at a meeting with heads of space agencies from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya,...
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    Regional workshop addresses role of Earth observation in multi-hazard disaster risk assessment and Sendai framework monitoring Thu Dec 12 2019
    In order for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Member States to be able to incorporate the routine use of space technology-based solutions, there is a need to increase awareness, build national capacity and develop solutions that are customized to their needs. The regional workshop and capacity-building programme on the "Role of Earth Observation in Multi-Hazard Disaster...
  • Call for scholarships: Copernicus Master in Digital Earth Sat Nov 30 2019
    Geospatial technologies have the ability to confront global problems in a way never seen before; and the demand for qualified professionals to address these problems grows as well. With this in mind, the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme - in conjunction with the EU’s Copernicus programme - is calling for applications to the Copernicus Master in Digital Earth....
  • Participants at the training. Image: UNOOSA.
    UN-SPIDER hosts International Charter project manager training in Bonn Fri Nov 29 2019
    The UN-SPIDER Bonn office hosted a training session for Project Managers of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" on the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, on 5 November 2019. The training was organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) and German Aerospace Center (DLR). It took place prior to the UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in...
  • Training participants flying an UAV. Image: UNOOSA.
    UN-SPIDER training course focuses on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction Thu Nov 28 2019
    The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction recognises the importance of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR). In the last two decades, Asia has experienced numerous disasters caused by geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards impacting human settlements, both rural and urban. Gradual recognition of Eco-DRR as an efficient risk reduction tool is bringing the development focus...
  • Sentinel Hub launches second custom script contest Tue Nov 19 2019
    Sentinel Hub’s Earth Observation (EO) browser is hosting its second round of contests for custom scripts to better visualize and analyze the Earth’s surface. EO Browser, developed by Sinergise in close cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), brings together petabytes of data from many satellite platforms - from ESA’s Copernicus programme to NASA’s Landsat missions. The competition is...
  • New NASA sensor to support drought and wildfire prediction Thu Nov 14 2019
    Major disasters such as droughts and wildfires are driven by the dryness of vegetation. To enhance the monitoring of plant water stress, NASA launched and installed a new sensor on the International Space Station. ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) allows identifying loss of water in leaves- even before they show visible signs of trouble. The image to...
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    New research investigates early warning signals of Anak Krakatau volcano collapse Wed Nov 13 2019
    On 22 December 2018 a large chunk of the Anak Krakatau volcanic island collapsed into the ocean, causing a tsunami that swept across Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Because tsunami early warning systems are exclusively equipped to detect tsunamis that are generated by earthquakes, this volcanic collapse-caused tsunami took place without a warning. In the coastal regions of Java and Sumatra, where...
  • UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference. Image: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)
    Participants discuss space technologies for disaster management in Africa at UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference Fri Nov 8 2019
    Over 100 participants from more than 20 countries discussed the use of space technologies in meeting the challenges posed by floods, droughts and other disasters across Africa at an international conference that took place from 6 to 8 November in Bonn, Germany. The UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications,...
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    Study report outlines next generation of data-based disaster management Sun Oct 20 2019
    The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Working Group on Data and the International Science Council’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) have released a report on the next generation of disaster management systems. As disasters and the number affected by them increase due to climate change, disaster management needs to evolve as well. “Next Generation Disaster Data...
  • Preliminary flood map created by UN-SPIDER using Sentinel-1 radar imagery.
    UN-SPIDER supports response to floods in Far North of Cameroon Sat Oct 19 2019
    The 2019 rainy season in the Far North region of Cameroon has caused the Logone river to overflow and flood the Zina (Logone-et-Chari department), Maga and Kai-Kai districts (Mayo Dany) in the country's Far North region. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that at least 60 out of 110 villages in the Zina district - 19,359 people - are affected, while 15...
  • Rice paddies in Rwanda. Image: A'Melody Lee / World Bank.
    GEM Africa Risk Model provides insights to seismic hazard across the continent Mon Oct 14 2019
    Release earlier this year at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019, the Africa Earthquake Model paints a complete picture of earthquake risk to the continent in terms of damage to buildings and direct human and economic losses. The model lays out the African portion of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation global maps released in December 2018.  The model is a comprehensive...
  • Open Building Dataset over Musoma, Tanzania. Image: Bing Maps.
    AI-assisted building dataset created for Uganda and Tanzania Wed Oct 2 2019
    On 19 September, Bing announced that the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda are the first African countries to have an open buildings dataset. As a result of a joint venture between Bing Maps, Microsoft Philanthropies and Humanitarian OpenStreetMaps (HOTOSM), 18 million building footprints have been established, of which 7 million in Uganda and 11 million in the United Republic of Tanzania....
  • Flood inundation map developed using Sentinel-1 satellite data, as part of the rapid mapping response under the SERVIR-HKH Initiative at ICIMOD. Map: Kabir Uddin/ICIMOD.
    ICIMOD maps floods during South Asian monsoon Wed Sep 25 2019
    In July 2019, Bangladesh, India and Nepal experienced floods and landslides during the South Asian monsoon season. On the night of the 17 July, the Jamuna river in Bangladesh broke through the embankment, inundating over 40 villages and displacing more than 200,000 people. Experts of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office,...
  • Les Cayes, southern Haiti, 5 October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew has struck the area. Image: Jethro J. Sérémé / American Red Cross / IFRC.
    IFRC says humanitarian need could double without urgent action on climate change Tue Sep 24 2019
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - the world's largest humanitarian organization - released a report estimating the growth of humanitarian need if current human activities continue. Published this month, "The Cost of Doing Nothing" paints a bleak picture of global need for humanitarian assistance doubling to 200 million. The price tag, the report...

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