UN-SPIDER Updates September 2019

Dear readers,

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

In September, our UN-SPIDER Beijing office conducted its annual United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction and marked the office's tenth anniversary. For the occasion, we released an anniversary publication that highlights the work of the office over the past ten years. The publication is available online.

Last month, we also published two new step-by-step procedures for downloading, processing and mapping space-based information. These Recommended Practices explain how to use digital elevation data for storm surge coastal flood monitoring, and how to detect mudslides and associated floods using Sentinel-1 data.

A list of all our Recommended Practices is available here.

We would like to make use of this occasion to remind you that self-funded applicants can apply until 18 October to participate in our UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships”. The event will take place 6-8 November 2019. The deadline to apply for those seeking funding has elapsed on 30 August.

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

Participants at the UN-SPIDER Beijing conference.
13/09/2019

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 recognizes the importance of a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk reduction and makes explicit reference to promoting real-time access to reliable data making use of space and in situ... Read more

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Participant during the training.
12/09/2019

On 10 September 2019, 60 participants of the ninth annual UN-SPIDER Beijing conference and officials from Chinese government organizations attended the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” project manager training.

The... Read more

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International training at the Regional Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP) based at Beihang University, Beijing.
12/09/2019

In the run up to this year's UN-SPIDER Beijing conference on 11 and 12 September, 30 participants from around Asia attended the international training programme on space-based technologies for disaster risk assessment from 5 to 9 September, which... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Water Management Institute (IWMI), United States of America Regional Support Office
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News from our Regional Support Offices

Flood inundation map developed using Sentinel-1 satellite data, as part of the rapid mapping response under the SERVIR-HKH Initiative at ICIMOD. Map: Kabir Uddin/ICIMOD.
25/09/2019

In July 2019, Bangladesh, India and Nepal experienced floods and landslides during the South Asian monsoon season. On the night of the 17 July, the Jamuna river in Bangladesh broke through the embankment, inundating over 40 villages and... Read more

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

Les Cayes, southern Haiti, 5 October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew has struck the area. Image: Jethro J. Sérémé / American Red Cross / IFRC.
24/09/2019

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - the world's largest humanitarian organization - released a report estimating the growth of humanitarian need if current human activities continue. Published... Read more

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FSSCat. Image: UPC.
23/09/2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the launch of a new satellite that will use artificial intelligence to filter images unsuitable for future use. The Phi Satellite (ɸ-Sat-1), presented at the ESA Phi-week from 9 to 12 September, will... Read more

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Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
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

ESA; EO College

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

RedR UK

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 ARSET

 

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

RUS

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

NASA ARSET

03/12/2019 to 05/12/2019 05/12/2019
Copernicus & Artificial Intelligence

European Commission

Brussels Belgium 28/01/2020 28/01/2020
GEO information in disaster situations

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen Denmark 20/04/2020 to 07/05/2020 01/02/2020
Eighth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

The Organizing Committee of the RSCy2020

Paphos Cyprus 16/03/2020 to 18/03/2020 07/02/2020
Twenty-fifth Post Graduate Course in Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing Indian Space Research Organization Department of Space, India 01/07/2020 to 31/03/2021 28/02/2020
Twelfth Post Graduate Course in Satellite Meteorology and Global Climate

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP)

Ahmedabad India 01/08/2020 to 30/04/2021 02/03/2020
Twelfth Post Graduate Diploma Course in Space and Atmospheric Science (SAS-12)

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP)

Ahmedabad India 01/08/2020 to 30/04/2021 02/03/2020
Rapid Landslide Detection with Sentinel-1

RUS

31/03/2020 31/03/2020
GISTAM 2020 - 6th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management

Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Controls and Communications

07/05/2020 to 09/05/2020 01/04/2020
Cartografía global de áreas quemadas mediante teledetección: fortalezas y limitaciones

RedLaTIF

08/04/2020 08/04/2020
Pollution monitoring over Italy with Sentinel-5P

RUS

16/04/2020 15/04/2020
Introduction to Geospatial Information Technology Applications, Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Systems in West Africa

UNITAR

11/05/2020 to 30/06/2020 17/04/2020
Introduction to Geospatial Information Technology Applications, Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Systems in West Africa

UNITAR

20/04/2020 to 20/05/2020 17/04/2020
Air Quality with Sentinel 5P Training

RUS

07/05/2020 07/05/2020

Issue Date: 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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