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

News from our Regional Support Offices

News from the community

  • 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 this month, "The Cost of Doing Nothing" paints a bleak picture of global need for humanitarian assistance doubling to 200 million. The… Read more

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  • 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 make data delivery more efficient by not sending back to Earth… Read more

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Title Organized by City Country Date
The Second United Nations World Geospatial Information Congress (UNWGIC)

Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM)

Hyderabad India 10/10/2022 to 10/14/2022
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

10/13/2022 to 10/13/2022
2nd Climate Observation Conference

Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)

EUMETSAT

Darmstadt Germany 10/17/2022 to 10/19/2022
Intermediate Webinar: Disaster Assessment Using Synthetic Aperture Radar

NASA ARSET

10/19/2022 to 10/27/2022
GEO Blue Planet 5th Symposium

GEO Blue Planet Secretariat

AIR Centre

University of Ghana

University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana

Accra Ghana 10/24/2022 to 10/28/2022
1st Space4Water Stakeholder Meeting

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Vienna Austria 10/27/2022 to 10/28/2022
UN/Azerbaijan Workshop on the International Space Weather Initiative: The Sun, Space Weather and Geosphere

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Bake State University

Baku Azerbaijan 10/31/2022 to 11/04/2022
GEO Week 2022

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

Accra Ghana 10/31/2022 to 11/04/2022
27th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP27)

Egypt

UNFCCC

Sharm El-Sheikh Egypt 11/06/2022 to 11/18/2022
5th International Symposium & Field Workshop: Living with Climate Change

Egyptian Society of Environmental Changes (ESEC)

Luxor Egypt 11/08/2022 to 11/11/2022