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 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
2020 Understanding Risk Forum

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) 

Singapore Singapore 18/05/2020 to 22/05/2020
Fourth COSPAR Symposium

COSPAR

Herzliya Israel 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019
Copernicus Master in Digital Earth

European Earth Observation Programme Copernicus

Salzburg Austria 01/10/2019 to 30/09/2021
2019 Joint Satellite Conference

 The American Meteorological Society

Boston, MA United States of America 30/09/2019 to 04/10/2019
6th International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health Risk: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes

Wessex Institute, UK and University Politecnica delle Marche, Italy.

Ancona Italy 25/09/2019 to 27/09/2019
SAR-EDU Summer School 2019 for Applied Radar Remote Sensing

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Jena Germany 23/09/2019 to 27/09/2019
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
Training Course on Disaster Risk Assessment for Risk Managers

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Bangkok Thailand 05/08/2019 to 09/08/2019
Third Graduate Course on Global Navigation Satellite Systems

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

Ahmedabad India 01/08/2019 to 30/04/2020

Issue Date: 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
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