Image of the areas affected by forest fires captured by Alsat-2A (Image: ASAL

The Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, has monitored the forest fires occurred during July thanks to its satellite Alsat-2A. It has helped to evaluate the impact over the affected region.

During the month of July, several forest fires took place in the provinces of Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia, which are mountainous areas covered with sparse forests. The Alsat-2A satellite provided an image from July 25 that has helped to determine the reach of the disaster and its impact over the vegetation.

Alsat-2A, the second ASAL’s Earth observation satellite... read more

Publishing Date: 11/08/2015
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Extract from ALSAT-2A image of Benabdelmalek Ramdane in Mostaganem Province, Algeria (Image: ASAL)

ALSAT-2A, the optical Earth observation satellite of the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, reached five years in orbit on July 12.

After these successful five years, it will continue developing observation activities, providing panchromatic images with 2,5m resolution and multispectral images with 10m resolution.

Since the launch of ALSAT-2A in 2010 on a PSLV launcher (PSLV-C15... read more

Publishing Date: 22/07/2015
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Image of Aïn Témouchent province captured by Alsat-2A on 12 March 2015 (Image: ASAL)

Through satellite-bases research, the Algerian Space Agency ASAL has found a positive vegetation recovering of the forest areas located in the Aïn Témouchent province after the damages caused by wildfires in 2014.

The forest fires of summer 2014 devastated around 180 hectares, with Beni Ghenam being the most affected region, as Algérie1 reported. The main cause of the fires was human negligent behaviour while visiting the forests.

The analysis and comparison of images compiled by the Alsat-2A satellite in August 2014 and March 2015 has shown a growing chlorophyll activity related to the increase of vegetation along the burned areas.

This result helps to... read more

Publishing Date: 17/04/2015
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Diachronic analysis of urban and environmental development of El Kala, Algeria.

UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Algeria, the Algerian Space Agency, has recently published the results of bi-phase satellite observations on the towns of El Tarf and El Kala and their surroundings. The goal was to monitor urban sprawl and land use changes that might impact on the environment.

Based on the earth observation satellite imagery, a diachronic analysis using images of Alsat-2A (from two dates: 8 April 2011 and 11 June 2014) was conducted as an effective way of mapping changes in the urban and natural environments. This method of observation highlighted significant changes in construction... read more

Publishing Date: 30/06/2014
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Identification of the reproduction areas of locust in the North-East of Mauritan

Within the framework of its collaboration with the Algerian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) - host to one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices - has mapped potential locust reproduction zones in the South of Algeria and the North-East of Mauritania. The experts analyzed the ecological conditions of the migratory locust for the period between 18 January and 3 February 2014. This activity was carried out at the request of the National Institute of Protection of Vegetation (INPV), which is in charge of fighting the locust infestation at the national level.

Thirteen satellite... read more

Publishing Date: 28/03/2014
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Map of the 2012 locust infestations in Algeria created by ASAL

On 6 May 2013, Mazlan Othman, director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, together with Mustapha Lahbiri, General Direction of Civilian Protection (DGPC), and Oussedik Azzedine, Director General of the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) official inaugurated the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office hosted by ASAL. DGPC and ASAL work closely together regarding satellite-based remote sensing for disaster... read more

Publishing Date: 08/05/2013
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The maps requested via the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters regarding the wildfires that ravaged north Algerian forests during summer 2012, are now available on the Charter's website.

An estimated 20,000 hectares of land have been ravaged by forest fires in the north of Algeria since June. These are a result of hotter than average summer heat waves that have been reported to reach as high as 50 degrees .

The maps produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT represent density of fire events in North Algeria between 1 June and 23 August 2012 and fire scars as of 18 August 2012. They are accompanied by graphs representing a complete history of MODIS fire detections from an aggregate of the Charter area of interest, summarized by daily total fire detections... read more

Publishing Date: 06/09/2012
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The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 13 August 2012 to provide satellite imagery for the forest fires that have been ravaging the north of Algeria since June. They are a result of hotter than average summer heat waves that have been reported to reach as high as 50 degrees . Three people have been reported killed in the fires, two of which were a firefighter and forest worker attempting to put out a blaze. Over 100 fires were reportedly still in progress as of 8 August.

The Charter was activated by the Algerian Civil Protection Agency on behalf of the Algerian Space Agency, host of one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices.

Publishing Date: 17/08/2012
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UN-SPIDER is providing support to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in response to the widespread locust outbreak by facilitating access to various satellite imagery over the area. Through the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya (RCMRD) the US satellite EO-1 could already be tasked. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also tasked Landsat7 acquisitions of the affected area over the next... read more

Publishing Date: 13/04/2012

The Alsat-2A satellite built by Astrium for the Algerial Space Agency (ASAL) has now been in orbit for one year. Since its launch on 12 July 2010 it has been providing 2.5m resolution imagery of extremely high quality.

ALSAT-2 is the first Earth observation satellite from Astrium’s AstroSat100 product line, based on the Myriade platform, also comprising the first flight model of the new NAOMI optical instrument.

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Publishing Date: 15/07/2011
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Algiers — International conference on climate change and the relevance of space tool will be held from 4 to 6 October in Algiers.

The meeting will mainly focus on the impact of climate change on economic activities and the natural environment in North Africa and the Sahel, the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL), the event's organizer, has said.

The conference, to be held with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), will be entitled "Climate Change: a Reality to be Considered in the Development Trajectories: Modelling, Space Tool and Adaptation."

The conference will bring together decision-makers and experts from North Africa and the Sahelo-Saharan region, space agencies, representatives of regional organizations, academic and research institutions... read more

Regional Support Office

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) in Algeria is hosted by the Algerian Space Agency (Agence Spatiale Algerienne, ASAL). It was established during the third African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development on 7 December 2009 in Algiers.

This RSO, which covers both North Africa and the Sahel region, was established as a part of the Central Agency for Civil Protection. In case of an emergency, it will liaise between the end-users of space-based information and the Algerian Space Agency, which will act as a value-adder to space-derived... read more

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