UN-SPIDER Updates July 2019

Dear readers,

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

We would like to make use of this occasion to inform you about two upcoming UN-SPIDER events:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Mission team with the director and staff of the Department of Civil Protection and other organizations. Image: DPC.

Upon the request of the Ministry of Territorial Administration (MINAT), Government of Cameroon, UN-SPIDER carried out a week-long Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Yaoundé from 15 to 19 July. The mission aimed to strengthen the... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Nigeria Regional Support Office
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News from the community

A Sentinel-2 false colour image showing active fires in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Image: DLR/ZKI.

Satellite technology became an integral part of efforts to detect and contain forest fires in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Germany at the end of June and early July. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) used satellite information, along... Read more

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The above map shows the distribution of women of reproductive age (ages 18-49) spread across Tanzania, drawn from a combination of census data and satellite imagery. Image: Facebook.

Facebook has published new population density maps covering most of the African continent and countries of the Asia-Pacific region in June 2019. Using artificial intelligence (AI), these maps help organizations to respond to natural... Read more

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Damage from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island country of Dominica in 2017. Image: Tanya Holden/UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Small and low-income countries can be disproportionately affected by natural disasters. For example, the top ten natural disasters between 1980 and 2017, in terms of greatest damage as a percentage of GDP, occurred in small and low-... Read more

A satellite view of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy prior to its collapse in August 2018. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Google.

Evaluating the safety and integrity of infrastructure such as bridges, which is often done through hands-on inspections, may soon be possible with the help of information captured several kilometers above the Earth’s surface. According... Read more

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Hurricane Florence (2018). Image: NASA Earth Observatory.

According to a new study by scientists from NASA and NOAA, tropical cyclones stall more frequently and stay longer near the coastline. This potentially leads to more precipitation over confined locations and thus an aggravation of... Read more

Modeled catchment mean annual loss. For clarity, only catchments with a mean annual loss of >$1.5 million have been plotted. Image: Quinn, N., Bates, P. D., Neal, J., Smith, A., Wing, O., Sampson, C., et al. ( 2019).

A recent study, published in the Water Resource Research journal, presents a new method for a spatially realistic national flood risk assessment.

Researchers expanded an existing statistical model, based on U.S.... Read more

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Damage from a 7.4 earthquake and a tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018. Image: European Union/Pierre Prakash/Flickr.

In the past year, “there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion in economic losses around the world.” This is according to the Centre for Research on the... Read more

Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
Advanced Webinar: SAR for Landcover Applications

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

28/08/2019 27/08/2019
India International Training Course on Space-based Information System for Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, and the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India.

Roorkee India 25/11/2019 to 29/11/2019 31/08/2019
Call for Papers: 2nd International Academy of Astronautics Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems

Colomb Institute

Buenos Aires Argentina 11/11/2019 to 15/11/2019 16/09/2019
Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

Ensemble Framework For Flash Flood Forecasting

02/10/2019 02/10/2019
14th Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)  

Bangkok Thailand 04/11/2019 to 15/11/2019 04/10/2019
UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships"

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) / UN-SPIDER and Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), University of Bonn.

Bonn Germany 06/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 18/10/2019
Echoes in Space: Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing

European Space Agency (ESA); EO College

16/09/2019 to 21/10/2019 21/10/2019
Disaster Risk Reduction Course (3 Day)


London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 26/11/2019 to 28/11/2019 26/10/2019
URISA 2019 Caribbean GIS Conference

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 18/11/2019 to 21/11/2019 08/11/2019
New Sensor Highlight: ECOSTRESS

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET)


20/11/2019 14/11/2019
RUS Webinar – Watching a Typhoon from Space with Sentinel-1

Research and User Support (RUS) of the European Space Agency (ESA)'s Copernicus Programme

28/11/2019 27/11/2019
Advanced Webinar: SAR for Disasters and Hydrological Applications

NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET)

03/12/2019 to 05/12/2019 05/12/2019
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 15/05/2020

Issue Date: 

Friday, August 9, 2019
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