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satellite image of flood affected areas in the Solomon islands

The International Charter: Space and Major Disaster was activated on 5 April by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN ESCAP and UN OCHA in the Solomon Islands due to heavy rainfall which caused flash flooding.

Most affected is the area of the Capital, city of Honaira, where thousands of people are displaced, 19 have been killed and almost 30 are still missing. The 48 hours heavy rainfall caused the rivers around the capital to burst their banks, destroying important infrastructure points – bridges and main roads.

The tropical storm left the islands after it affected more than 12,000 people.

On the website of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters first satellite image products, produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT based on imagery provided by Roskosmos, KARI and NASA,  have been posted and are available to the authorities and the emergency responders.

Parallel to the International Charter, the... read more

Publishing Date: 09/04/2014
Landsat-7 satellite image of Solomon Islands.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is implementing a project to forecast tide and sea-levels in Kosrae, Solomon Islands. Forecasts are based on the data from a new water level sensor funded by the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change project.

SPREP specifiies on their website: "The instrument records the sea level every ten minutes and sends it via satellite to the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd (NIWA) in New Zealand. There the data is analysed and tide tables are produced which predict the high and low tide heights and times for the next three months. The tide tables also highlight the dates of expected very high tides. This enables planning for possible flooding events that can have negative impacts on the coastal population, vegetation and infrastructure."

The data can even serve to monitor the effects of tsunamis: "Although the tide gauge was not established to record tsunamis, on 6 February this year... read more

Publishing Date: 15/04/2013

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated on 6 February for the 0.8 magnitude earthquake that took place off the coast of Solomon Islands and the subsequent 0.9 m tsunami that struck the Santa Cruz Islands at 01:12 GMT on the same day. The international mechanisms to provide satellite information and maps after major disasters was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT.

Five people were killed; four elderly and one child after a 1-meter (3-feet) high wave hit the Santa Cruz Island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center had issued warnings for Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. A Tsunami Watch alert had been sent out to New Zealand, Australia and Indonesia which were cancelled after two hours of being issued.

The main town of Lata, which is also known as Nendo, is the worst affected and has suffered the most damage. Several semi-permanent homes were flattened, and many more villages were affected. Aid and supplies are slowly... read more

Publishing Date: 07/02/2013

At the request of the Government of the Solomon Islands, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 24 to 28 September 2012. The goal was to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response. The mission began with pre-TAM discussions of the mission team with the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of Solomon Islands. The mission team visited several offices during the first three days, including the Ministry of Mines, the National Geographic Information Centre, Ministry of Infrastructure & Development, the School of Natural Resources and the Marine Department. The mission team also met with representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

These meetings provided an... read more

Publishing Date: 08/10/2012

Advisory Support

From 27 February to 2 March 2017, World Vision, Oxfam, the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the National Disaster Management Office of the Solomon Islands organized the “Information Management in Disaster Risk Management Decision Making” workshop in Honiara, Solomon Islands. It was hosted by National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of the Solomon Islands.

Mission dates: 27/02/2017 to 03/03/2017

At the request of the Government of the Solomon Islands, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) from 24 to 28 September 2012. The goal was to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of Disaster management and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.

Mission dates: 24/09/2012 to 28/09/2012
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