UN-SPIDER Updates February 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the February 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates and would like to make you aware of an upcoming event and two opportunities organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) that might be of interest to you.

From 24 to 27 April, UNOOSA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) are organizing the United Nations/China Forum on Space Solutions in Changsha, China. Applications for self-funded participants are open until 14 April 2019. Details are available on the UNOOSA website.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has teamed up with the Space Generation Advisory Council to launch the Space for Youth Competition. If you're under 35 and passionate about space, make to submit your contribution to the competition until 22 March 2019. Details are available on the UNOOSA website.

The Drop Tower Experiment Series is a fellowship programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in which students can learn and study microgravity science by performing experiments in a drop tower. Applications for the 6th cycle close on 31 March 2019. Details are available on the UNOOSA website.

Below the updates, you'll also find an events calendar with upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the community.

Enjoy the read!

UN-SPIDER at a glance


DLR Humanitarian Tech Days. Image: DLR.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, attended the DLR (German Aerospace Center) Humanitarian Technology Days on 6 and 7 February at the DLR Earth... Read more

News from our Regional Support Offices


View of the Himalayan mountain chain from a Nepal basecamp.

The Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP), under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), has recently brought together the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers to develop the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The report aims to... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
News from the community


This Envisat image highlights the lower Niger River system in the West African country of Nigeria, where the Niger River (left) and the Benue River merge. Image: ESA

The Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, has concluded preparations to unveil the Centre for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS), a research and teaching unit that will utilize computer software and tools such as geographic information systems among others, to gather information for use in mining, agriculture, urban planning and health care.

CGIS will provide training and consulting services in the area of... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: Nigeria Regional Support Office
Air photo of the Mud Creek landslide, taken on May 27, 2017.

While several studies have already highlighted how global warming and its consequences are predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of geohazards such as landslides, the relation between ongoing climate shifts and landslide behaviour is still difficult to... Read more

Sentinel-2 image shows burnscars near Cape Town, South Africa. The false-colour image shows burnt areas in dark greys and browns, and areas covered with vegetation in red.Image: ESA/ CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

Using imagery of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, researchers from Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany have discovered that more areas in Sub-Saharan Africa are affected by wildfire than previously estimated. In their open-access paper, published in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, the researchers delineate how they created the first detailed continental map of burnt areas caused by wildfires for... Read more

Satellite(s) and sensor(s) used: Sentinel-2A, Sentinel-2B
Screenshot of ORNL DAAC Soil Moisture Visualizer.

An integrated data platform has been created to bring together a wide variety of... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: Nigeria Regional Support Office

Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Countrysort descending Date
Investigating Time Series of Satellite Imagery


15/04/2019 to 17/04/2019
Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

06/02/2019 to 21/03/2019
Enhancing technical and procedural cooperation in satellite-based emergency mapping at global scale 19/09/2011 to 20/09/2011
Online certificate course on mainstreaming gender into community based disaster risk management

Human Rights and Justice Group International (HRJGI)

02/04/2014 to 23/05/2014
Launch of the 2013 IFRC World Disasters Report

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), United Nation Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA), Royal Norwegian Embassy Permanent Mission to the International Organisations in Vienna and Austrian Red Cross

Vienna 30/10/2013
First International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

Cyprus University of Technology, CRS

Paphos 08/04/2013 to 10/04/2013
The Fourth International Conference on Advanced Geographic Information Systems, Applications, and Services GEOProcessing 2012


Valencia 30/01/2012 to 04/02/2012
8th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Lisbon 08/05/2011 to 11/05/2011
8th International Conference of the African Association of Remote Sensing and the Environment (AARSE), AARSE 2010 25/10/2010 to 29/10/2010
Geoinformatics Forum Salzburg - GI_Forum 03/07/2007

Issue Date: 

Friday, March 8, 2019
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