UN-SPIDER Updates January 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the January 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

Our latest Data Application of the Month provides a short overview of existing web mapping tools for flood monitoring. We also expanded our portofolio of step-by-step procedures on mapping hazards - our so-called Recommended Practices - by adding information about how to map burn severity with Landsat 8 and Sentinel-2 data in Google Earth Engine.

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 in-person training opportunities and online training opportunities overview pages.

Enjoy the read!

News

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Mission team and counterparts during the Institutional Strengthening Mission to Nepal in December 2018.
25/01/2019

As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Nepal from 17 to 21 December 2018 upon the request of the government. The mission was a follow-up activity to the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Nepal in July 2017 that assessed use of space-derived information in all aspects of... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

News from the community

Image of the tailings dam flood on 30 January acquired by Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8. Image: NASA.
25/01/2019

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Brazil following the collapse of a mining dam. The activation was requested by the Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD). The country’s Ministry of Regional Development is acting as project manager for the activation.

A dam at an iron ore mine in the south-eastern town of Brumadinho collapsed, releasing a torrent of tailings. The large volume of sludge that spilled out of the dam then swept south west to... Read more

An Epsilon-4 rocket lifts-off from Uchinoura Space Centre in Japan on 18 January 2019. Image: JAXA.
23/01/2019

A new Earth observation satellite developed by Viet Nam, which aims to enhance the country’s ability to respond to disasters and climate change, was launched into space on 18 January 2019. The MicroDragon satellite was... Read more

African farmers harvesting the crop in South Sudan. Image: FAO/South Sudan.
23/01/2019

The Pest Risk Information Service (PRISE), developed by the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International development charity (CABI), combines temperature and weather data provided by satellites with computer models to predict when pest outbreaks are most likely to occur, giving... Read more

Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured false-color images of the State of Rio Grande Du Sul  in 2007 Image: NASA
14/01/2019

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Brazil by the Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management National Centre (CENAD). The country’s Ministry of National Integration is acting as project manager for the activation.

Mudslides and floods triggered by sudden rain over the western area of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul have caused the Ibirapuita, Ibicui and Uruguai rivers to break their banks and cause widespread flooding.

The rains have swept... Read more

Image: Group on Earth Observations.
14/01/2019

The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have teamed up to offer GEO member agencies and research organizations from developing countries access to cloud services. Selected organizations will receive AWS credits to host, process and analyze big data about the Earth to support sustainable development efforts.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2019.... 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
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
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
Fourth COSPAR Symposium

COSPAR

Herzliya Israel 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019
Fourth Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Warsaw

University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies

Warsaw Poland 23/10/2019 to 25/10/2019
The 10th conference of the international society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

Nice France 16/10/2019 to 18/10/2019
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

Issue Date: 

Thursday, February 14, 2019
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