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 (IAP) Forum was convened on 11-12 December 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok with the... 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 the 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
Fifth World Landslide Forum - Implementing and Monitoring the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025

International Consortium on Landslides

Kyoto Japan 02/11/2020 to 06/11/2020
8th International Conference on Cartography & GIS (ICCGIS)

International Corographic Association (ICA), Bulgarian Carographic Association, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

Nessebar Bulgaria 15/06/2020 to 20/06/2020
6th Interdisciplinary International Conference on RISK Information Management, Risk Models, and Applications

CODATA-Germany, the German National Committee for the ISC (ICSU) Committee on Data for Science and Technology

Berlin Germany 26/05/2020 to 27/05/2020
2020 Understanding Risk Forum

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) 

Singapore Singapore 18/05/2020 to 22/05/2020
Geospatial World Forum 2020

Geospatial Media and Communications BV

Amsterdam Netherlands 07/04/2020 to 09/04/2020
IGRSM 2020: 10th IGRSM International Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial & Remote Sensing

Institute of Geospatial and Remote Sensing Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 17/03/2020 to 18/03/2020
The 2020 Asia Pacific Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (APSTCDRR)

UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 16/03/2020 to 17/03/2020
Call for Abstracts: Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Session, AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Liz Cox (UK Space Agency)
Darren Lumbroso (HR Wallingford)
Gina Tsarouchi (HR Wallingford)

San Francisco United States of America 09/12/2019 to 13/12/2019
International Disaster Response Expo 2019

United Kingdom Department for International Development, the United Kingdom Department for International Trade, the United Kingdom Cabinet Office, the British Red Cross, EmergencyUK, EPC, Humanitarian Leadership Academy, Humanity First, Lifeboats

London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 03/12/2019 to 04/12/2019
Disaster Risk Reduction Course (3 Day)

RedR UK

London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 26/11/2019 to 28/11/2019

Issue Date: 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
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