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!


UN-SPIDER at a glance

Mission team and counterparts during the Institutional Strengthening Mission to Nepal in December 2018.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 Countrysort descending Date
Radar Remote Sensing for Land, Water, & Disaster Applications

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program (ARSET)

07/08/2018 to 16/08/2018
Flood Risk Management

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Office - IHE

Insitute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE)

10/06/2014 to 27/06/2014
International conference on disaster management ICDM-2014

Yeshwantrao Chavan College of Engineering (YCCE)

Nagpur 13/03/2014 to 14/03/2014
SAR-EDU Summer School für angewandte Radarfernerkundung Jena 23/09/2013 to 26/09/2013
2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Geospatial Technology and Applications


Rio De Janeiro 15/08/2012 to 17/08/2012
IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium


Sandai 31/07/2011 to 05/08/2011
Climate Change COP16, Cancun, November 29 – December 10, 2010 29/11/2010 to 10/12/2010
African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development 07/12/2009
4th International Symposium on Geo-Information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) - Harbin, China 04/08/2008
4th International Conference on Flood Recovery, Innovation and Response

University of the West England

Wessex Institute of Technology

Poznan 18/06/2014 to 20/06/2014

Issue Date: 

Thursday, February 14, 2019
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