UN-SPIDER Updates December 2018

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the December 2018 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

Our latest Data Application of the Month discusses how differential Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Interferometry (InSAR), referred to as DInSAR, is used to map land deformation, for instance in the case of earthquakes.

Below the updates, you'll also find an events calendar with upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the community. If you're interested in training opportunities, make sure to visit our external training opportunities overview page, where you'll find links to third-party onsite as well as online courses.

Enjoy the read!

News

UN-SPIDER at a glance

In September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, leaving thousands dead and injured. Image: European Union 2018 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
24/12/2018

Following a tsunami that hit coastal areas around the Sunda strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on 22 December, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia. LAPAN is a... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: Indonesia Regional Support Office
18/12/2018

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) participated in two regional meetings organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The meetings discussed the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The ISDR-Asia Partnership (... Read more

UN-SPIDER lecture during the SAARC regional workshop and training.
17/12/2018

The United Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER progroamme, and the Disaster Management Centre of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC DMC) conducted a joint regional workshop and training on the “Utilization of... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
04/12/2018

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) launched the space4water portal during the eighth edition of the PSIPW award ceremony hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The new portal will serve as a platform to gather information and strengthen partnerships related to space-based information for water accessibility.

Water scarcity has become a major concern in several countries around the world. The... Read more

News from our community

Screenshot of the Collect Earth Online tool.
17/12/2018

A new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to allow users to “systematically inspect” any location on Earth – from glaciers to rainforests - with satellite data. Collect Earth Online (CEO), announced on 12 December 2018, is also expected to be utilized in... Read more

Front page of the report
14/12/2018

The European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) have launched a new report consisting of 99 stories from European public authorities that showcases how they benefit from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme.... Read more

PSLV C43 vehicle launch India fist HysIS Image: ISRO
03/12/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the first Indian Hyperspectral Imaging... Read more

Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date
Copernicus Master in Digital Earth

European Earth Observation Programme Copernicus

Salzburg Austria 01/10/2019 to 30/09/2021
Geoinformation for Disaster Management 2019

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), International Union of Radio Service (URSI), Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU in Prague, Auletris, National Library of Technology (NTK)

Prague Czech Republic 03/09/2019 to 06/09/2019
Registration for RCMRD 2019 International Conference for Earth Observation is open

 Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) 

Nairobi Kenya 14/08/2019 to 16/08/2019
12th Postgraduate Course on Satellite Communication (SATCOM)

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP)

 

Ahmedabad India 01/08/2019 to 30/04/2020
24th Postgraduate Course on Remote Sensing and GIS (RS & GIS)

Centre for space science and technology Education in asia and the pacific (CSSTEAP)

Dehradun India 01/07/2019 to 31/03/2020
Copernicus for Digital Earth Summer School

University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics (Z_GIS) – UNIGIS and CopHub.AC

Salzburg Austria 23/06/2019 to 04/07/2019
Space Forum

Space Forum 

Luxembourg Luxembourg 21/05/2019 to 22/05/2019
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019)

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Geneva Switzerland 13/05/2019 to 17/05/2019
European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019

European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Vienna Austria 07/04/2019 to 12/04/2019
Geospatial World Forum

Geospatial Media and Communications BV

Amsterdam Netherlands 02/04/2019 to 04/04/2019

Issue Date: 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
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