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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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: 

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
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