UN-SPIDER Updates March 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the March 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates and would like to make you aware of an up-coming event 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: Realizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Changsha, China. Applications for self-funded participants are open until 14 April 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

Parts of Iran (Islamic Republic of) and the region captured by the MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite on 29 March 2019. Image: NASA Worldview application.
31/03/2019

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), as part of the support it provides to Member States through its UN-SPIDER programme, has requested the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" for... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Islamic Republic of Iran Regional Support Office
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Participants during national training programme in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
20/03/2019

As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide on accessing space-based information for disaster management and emergency response, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Lao People’s... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Thailand Regional Support Office
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Participants are being trained in analyzing maps produced as part of International Charter activations.
19/03/2019

As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide, UN-SPIDER carried out an Institutional Strengthening Mission to Myanmar from 11 to 15 March 2019 upon the request of the government. This activity was jointly organized... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
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18/03/2019

The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) carried out a joint high-level advocacy workshop in Myanmar under... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
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The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite acquired this image of the cyclone on March 11, 2019, as it spun across the Mozambique Channel. Image: NASA.
18/03/2019

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), as part of the support it provides to Member States through its UN-SPIDER programme, has requested the activation of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" for monitoring... Read more

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres with youth attendees of the high-level event on Youth2030, New York, 24 September 2018. Image: UN Photo/Mark Garten.
04/03/2019

To support the first priority of the 'Youth 2030' strategy, namely "Engagement, Participation and Advocacy to Amplify youth voices for the promotion of a peaceful, just and sustainable world", the United Nations Office for Outer Space... Read more

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News from the community

This image captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite on 28 December 2015. It demonstrates Nepal’s varied terrain from the mountains to the north (left side) to the plains in the south (right side). Vegetation appears red in this false-colour image, while waterways and buildings appear light green and blue. Image: ESA.
29/03/2019

On 12 March, Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) signed an agreement with French satellite operator Thales Alenia Space to build Nepal’s first communications satellite.... Read more

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Mapping Cyclone Pam’s destruction with drones.
25/03/2019

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published a new report about the use and opportunities of ICT and disruptive technologies for disaster risk reduction and management. The publication was announced during the third ITU... Read more

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The false-colour image of the Italian landscape is captured with Copernicus Sentinel-1B satellite. This region is prone to earthquakes. Sentinel-1’s radar technology can provide images with a resolution of 10 m and within hours of acquisition to aid emergency response. Image: ESA.
21/03/2019

A new project seeks to evaluate how satellite remote sensing and Copernicus satellite data can support reporting related to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR). Cop4Sen will be implemented by the German... Read more

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Synthetic aperature radar patterns of seismic deformations associated with a model earthquake on the San Francisco section of the San Andreas Fault.
13/03/2019

Earthquakes are a major concern in increasingly populated regions, however their prediction is a difficult task. Researchers have recently made progress in the use of complex simulation and modeling techniques to better forecast the... Read more

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Norway as seen by MODIS on board of Aqua satellite on 16 January 2017. Image: NASA/ edited by antilip.
07/03/2019

A consortium of Norwegian institutions has used Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite data in combination with the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) remote sensing technique to map ground movements in the country. The... Read more

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Landsat 8 captured the Lower Sesan II Dam and its adjacent rivers on 1 February 2018. While in 2010, 3 percent of Cambodia’s domestically generated electricity came from hydropower, by 2016, hydropower supplied 60 percent. Image: NASA.
06/03/2019

Vietnamese and American researchers joined efforts to develop a satellite-based system approach to monitor and manage transboundary flooding.

The teams from... Read more

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Bali, Indonesia. Mount Agung eruption. False color image. 28 November 2017. Based on Sentinel-3 data.
06/03/2019

A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences, has used Sentinel-1 satellite imagery to analyze the ground deformation of the Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia, and explain why it erupted in November... Read more

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Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2019

European Geosciences Union (EGU)

Vienna Austria 07/04/2019 to 12/04/2019 07/04/2019
United Nations/China Forum on Space Solutions

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and China National Space Administration (CNSA)

Changsha, Hunan Province China 24/04/2019 to 27/04/2019 14/04/2019
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 15/04/2019
Intermediate Webinar: Remote Sensing for Disasters National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 16/04/2019 to 30/04/2019 15/04/2019
Sensing Planet Earth – From Core to Outer Space

Chalmers University of Technology

25/04/2019 25/04/2019
Sensing Planet Earth – Water and Ice

Chalmers University of Technology

25/04/2019 25/04/2019
Introduction to Disaster Risk Management

World Bank Group Open Learning Campus

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
GIS Data Formats, Design and Quality

UC Davis University of California

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
Imagery, Automation, and Applications

UC Davis University of California

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
Fundamentals of GIS

UC Davis University of California

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
Echoes in space. Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing.

The European Space Agency (ESA)

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
Geospatial and Environmental Analysis

UC Davis University of California

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
Introduction to GIS Manipulating and Mapping Geospatial Data in R

SocialCops

26/04/2019 26/04/2019
SAR-EDU Summer School 2019 for Applied Radar Remote Sensing

Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Jena Germany 23/09/2019 to 27/09/2019 30/04/2019
2019 Living Planet Symposium

European Space Agency. 

Milan Italy 13/05/2019 to 17/05/2019 30/04/2019
6th International Conference on Earth Observation for Environmental Changes & 8th Geo-information Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM)

Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU), UNESCO Chair in Geoenvironmental Disaster Reduction, Shimane University, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), Association Cartographic International (ACI), Institute for Disaster Management, International Conference on Geoinformation Technologies for Natural Disaster Management (GiT4NDM), International Association of Geoinformation and Communication Technologies (AGeoICT), Xiamen University, Universiti Putra Malaysia, remote sensing - an Open Access Journal by MDPI, The Water Network, Chengdu University of Technology 

Chengdu China 24/06/2019 to 26/06/2019 01/05/2019
Space Forum

Space Forum 

Luxembourg Luxembourg 21/05/2019 to 22/05/2019 01/05/2019
Training Course on Integrated Flood Risk Management

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Bangkok Thailand 22/07/2019 to 26/07/2019 11/05/2019
ESA Phi-Week 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA

Frascati Italy 09/09/2019 to 13/09/2019 17/05/2019
2nd Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit 2019

Defense Strategies Institute

Alexandria, Virginia United States of America 05/06/2019 to 06/06/2019 17/05/2019

Issue Date: 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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