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Floods affecting Europe and the United-States

Floods in France. Image with courtesy of Philippe Derrien

Massive floods recently affected Europe and the United-States. In the case of the United States, the Integrated Multisatellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) system - using

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Greece Regional Support Office

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The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS/NOA) is one of the three institutes of the National Observatory of Athens, the oldest research institution of Greece. Between the main  activities of the Institute are basic and applied research in a number of topics relating to astrophysics, space science, remote sensing, and signal processing, as well as ground, and space based earth observation services. The institute is also committed to outreach and science dissemination for the general public.

IAASARS/NOA hosts the operations of BEYOND (www.beyond-eocenter.eu): a European Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation based monitoring of Natural Disasters, which situates IAASARS/NOA as a dynamic actor for multi-hazard management at regional, Mediterranean, and European level. BEYOND meets the clear need for operating a regional Centre for disaster risk assessment, and monitoring, and disaster mapping with remote sensing means. It systematically provides products and services mainly for South-Eastern Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. The IAASARS/NOA has successfully achieved, through the operations of BEYOND, to enhance its observational capacities, drawing new creative perspectives in EO-based disaster management and service delivery, while allowing sustainable collaborative schemes to be formed.

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IAASARS/NOA hosts a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled researchers and senior engineers with hundreds of publications in peer reviewed journals, nominations and awards in different thematic areas such as Earth Observation (Land, Air, Water, Sea, and Security), Signal and Image Processing, SAR data and InSAR Processing, Data Fusion, Space Geodesy, Geo-Information Systems Development, Disaster Management, Emergency Response, Data Modelling and Assimilation, and Crowd Data Integration and Fusion. Through BEYOND it operates on a 24/7 basis observational infrastructures, for receiving and archiving Earth Observation raw data and higher level products. It maintains web interfaces for querying, retrieving and delivering the data and products to  the scientific and institutional user communities, and the wider public at national, regional, and global level.

Available databases and space-based information: 

Data Bases of archived satellite data and metadata with reference to MODIS, NPP, NOAA, FYI, MetOP, future NPOESS satellites, and mirror site for ESA Sentinels missions.

About the host institution: 

For more information on the host institution, visit:  http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/

 

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The BEYOND Center of Excellence substantially contributes to human, institutional and infrastructure capacity building, via the uptake of a crucial role in coordinating local and regional actors. It creates multi-directional communication and co-operation channels with research centers, and universities, as well as space agencies, international organizations, and institutional authorities all around Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. It is not only building around new EO monitoring infrastructures, but also seeks to the effective integration and exploitation of the existing know-how, and skills, as well as the technical, and financial resources, in the context of the environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction. It deploys advanced modeling capacities to meet operational needs, for real-time multi-hazard assessment such as fires, and fire progression, smoke, dust, and toxic pollutant dispersion, flooding monitoring and flooding risk, as well as earthquake, volcanic, and landslide risk assessment and damage mapping. A lot of information is delivered in the form of services, providing new knowledge in the decision making process, for drawing mitigation and adaptation measures. In this context the BEYOND Center brings significant thrust towards the creating a "hub of excellence" in disaster monitoring and management at regional level.

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Haris Kontoes</em><br /> Research Director of NOA<br /> Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing<br /> National Observatory of Athens<br /> +30-2103490088 <br /> <a href="mailto:kontoes@noa.gr ">kontoes@noa.gr </a></p> <p><strong>Alternative contact:</strong><br /> <em>Prof. Dr. Charmandaris Vassilis</em><br /> Director of IAASARS<br /> +30-2108109222<br /> <a href="mailto:charmandaris@noa.gr">charmandaris@noa.gr</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing<br /> National Observatory of Athens<br /> Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou<br /> GR-15236 Athens<br /> Greece</p> <p><a href="http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/" target="_blank">http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/</a></p>

Germany Regional Support Office

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The Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) is an interdisciplinary center of the University of Bonn dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of remote sensing, geoinformation sciences and spatial modelling. In a complementary fashion to their academic activities, ZFL staff offers advise concerning general remote sensing questions and assists in solving complex problems. Due to the centralization of the remote sensing facilities of several institutions, a high degree of scientific exchange is guaranteed. 

ZFL focuses on three key main topics:  risks, water and geomatics.  Advanced courses, workshops and lectures referring to specific topics of remote sensing are organized regularly. Additionally, ZFL staff conducts own research projects in various subjects and locations financed by external funding organizations.

To view the ZFL flyer, click here.

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Please, refer to our website https://www.zfl.uni-bonn.de/

 

Available databases and space-based information: 

Please, refer to our website https://www.zfl.uni-bonn.de/.

About the host institution: 

The Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) is an interdisciplinary center of the University of Bonn dedicated to research and teaching in the fields of remote sensing, geoinformation sciences and spatial modelling. It was founded with the objective to strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration within the University of Bonn and to foster research and teaching activities in its field.

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ZFL conducts advanced courses, workshops and lectures referring to specific topics of remote sensing regularly upon the request.

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Prof. Dr. Klaus Greve</em><br /> Speaker of ZFL<br /> Center for Remote Sensing and Land Surfaces<br /> University of Bonn<br /> Walter-Flex-Strasse 3<br /> D-53113, Bonn, Germany<br /> <a href="mailto:klaus.greve@uni-bonn.de">klaus.greve@uni-bonn.de</a></p> <p><strong>Alternative contact:</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Olena Dubovyk</em><br /> Scientific Coordinator of ZFL<br /> Center for Remote Sensing and Land Surfaces<br /> University of Bonn<br /> Walter-Flex-Strasse 3<br /> D-53113, Bonn, Germany<br /> <a href="mailto:odubovyk@uni-bonn.de">odubovyk@uni-bonn.de</a></p> <p><a href="https://www.zfl.uni-bonn.de//" target="_blank">https://www.zfl.uni-bonn.de/</a></p>

PHAROS – successful demonstration of a system solution for disaster management during forest fires in Catalonia

Catalonia Forest Fire. Image courtesy of jordi_martos Pixabay website

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, DLR) has developed a system called PHAROS (Project on a Multi-

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Argo floats – Monitoring the Ocean

Argo 10-day ocean observation cycle (Image: Argo).
The Array for Real-time Geostrophic Oceanography (ARGO) is an international collaboration effort that has been established to collect
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This year El Niño under the three strongest reported in 65 years

This year El Niño is the strongest since 15 years (Image: NASA).
During a news conference in Geneva on 16 November 2015, the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr. Michel Jarraud, commented that the “Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and sub-tropical zones bear the hallmarks of this
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UN-SPIDER hosts autumn IWG-SEM meeting 2015

Representatives of the autumn IWG-SEM meeting 2015 participated in-person as via web (Image:Fabio Giulio Tonolo/ITHACA).
On 9 and 10 November 2015, UN-SPIDER hosted the autumn meeting of the International Working Group on Satellite-based
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Space for Climate Exhibition at the Champs-Elysées in Paris

These days, the Champs-Elysées in Paris hosts a Climate Cube (Image: ESA).

These days, the Champs-Elysées in Paris hosts a Climate Cube presenting information on the contribution of space for studying

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Copernicus Emergency Management Service activated for the Philippines, Croatia and Italy

Cyclone Koppu over the Philippines (Image: NASA).

In the last days the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated by the Philippines affected by the tropical

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Launch of the 2015 World Disasters Report at the United Nations Office at Vienna

The World Disasters Report 2015 will be a key publication for the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit 2016 (Source: UNIS).

On October 5 2015 the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the Austrian Red Cross, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Norwegian Embassy launched the 2015 World Disasters Report in Vienna. 

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