Throughout their history, societies around the world have suffered the impacts of disasters triggered by natural hazards. And while disasters continue to occur in this century, the knowledge gained over hundreds of years has been essential to identify ways to minimize the effects of such natural hazards. Ancient communities in floodplains and deltas developed the knowledge to identify areas less exposed to floods, as well as precursors to such floods.
Through its network of Regional Support Offices, National Focal Points and its partners, UN-SPIDER is working with national governments and relevant stakeholders to find strategies to enhance the use of both indigenous or traditional knowledge and the knowledge derived with the aid of space technologies as a way to contribute to disaster risk reduction efforts, to strengthen the resilience of communities at risk, and to contribute sustainable development worldwide.
On 13 October UN-SPIDER celebrates the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction
This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
FOSS4G is the annual global gathering for those both currently or potentially working with open source geospatial software. It brings together a mix of developers, users, decision makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation for six days of workshops, presentations, and discussions.
A new study at the TU Darmstadt's Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering used satellitedata to analyse sea level changes, which were traditionally recorded at coastal tide gauge stations by measuring the water level relative to a fixed point of the Earth's crust.
The Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD)- referes as the German Meterological Services. It was founded in 1952, as the National Meterological Service of the Federal Republic of Germany and reponsible for providing weather and climate information service. It works with international organization through agreement and law. For example since 1998, working with World Meterological Organization (WMO).