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Registrations open for virtual United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction

On 20 May 2020, the Copernicus Sentinel Mission captured this image of Cyclone Amphan making landfall over Bangladesh. Image: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2020), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – ‘Lessons learned during the unprecedented pandemic situation”, to be held online from 24-25 November 2020. This conference is organised by the Beijing office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).

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Fri, 02/10/2020 - 11:10

UN-SPIDER and UFSM of Brazil deliver webinar on flood mapping and drought monitoring in Mozambique

Areas flooded and damaged following cyclone Idai, northwest of Beira. Image: European Union/Christian Jepsen.

In recent years, Mozambique has suffered severe floods and droughts that have impacted urban and rural communities throughout the country. In the March and April 2019, tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth triggered major floods in Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Comoros.  The Port of Beira was hard hit, as cyclone Idai destroyed transmission lines and bridges, leaving the port without access to these lifelines for several days.   In contrast the powerful El Niño event of 2016 triggered major droughts that affected most of the country.

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Mon, 10/08/2020 - 13:57

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UN-SPIDER and CEPREDENAC raise awareness about space-based products for monitoring 2020 forest fire season in Honduras

Screenshot of visualizing CO emissions from forest fires in Honduras using data from the Sentinel-5P satellite and Sentinel Hub EO Browser.

On 22 July 2020, UN-SPIDER and the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention (CEPREDENAC) joined forces to conduct a webinar on the use of novel space-based products and services to monitor forest fires that took place during the spring of 2020 in Honduras.

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Mon, 27/07/2020 - 17:43

Federal University of Santa Maria joins network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices

Federal University of Santa Maria Logo. Image: University of Santa Maria.

The Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) has become the newest member of the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices, which now consists of 24 institutions around the world. The agreement between the University and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was signed on 27 May 2020 and is valid for three years. UFSM’s main campus is located in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil. The University also operates three additional campuses in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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Wed, 17/06/2020 - 11:43

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UN-SPIDER conduct webinar on role of satellites for forest fire management

The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured the fires over Borneo on 13 September 2019. Image: contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2019), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

The head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn office and a visiting scientist from the Universidad Católica de Manizales conducted a webinar entitled “Introduction to Satellite Products and Services for the Management of Forest Fires” on 10 June. The aim of this webinar was to facilitate the use of space-based information for disaster management and emergency response, in particular to monitor and forecast forest fires.

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Mon, 08/06/2020 - 15:32

UN-SPIDER webinar showcases methods to map burn severity after forest fire

Fire burning in northern New Mexico captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 in June 2013. Image: NASA.

At the end of April and the beginning of May 2020, Peten, the northern province or department of Guatemala, experienced severe forest fires that forced Guatemala’s National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) to request the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters to map the geographical extent of the fires.

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Mon, 08/06/2020 - 12:33

UN-SPIDER and IWMI host webinar on locust monitoring

Image: ©FAO/Sven Torfinn.

On 12 June, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) hosted a webinar on “Space-based inputs for locust early warning and preparedness” as a commitment to promote the use of space technologies in combating a crisis that is mounting on top of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recording of the webinar is available online.

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Fri, 05/06/2020 - 16:49

Webinar on space-based inputs for locust early warning and preparedness

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Image:©FAO/Sven Torfinn

On 12 June, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, and International Water Management Institute (IWMI) will be hosting a webinar on “Space-based inputs for Locust early warning and preparedness” as a commitment to promote the use of space technologies in combating a crisis that is mounting on top of the COVID-19 crisis.

The webinar will take place at 10:30-12.30am Vienna, Austria time (UTC+2). Registrations are open until 11.59pm Vienna, Austria time (UTC+2) on 10 June.

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12/06/2020

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Wed, 10/06/2020

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United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs through its UN-SPIDER programme, and the International Water Management Institute

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Introduction to Satellite Products and Services for the Management of Forest Fires

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The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission captured the fires over Borneo on 13 September 2019. Image: Copernicus

The head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn office and a visiting scientist from the Universidad Católica de Manizales will conduct a webinar entitled “Introduction to Satellite Products and Services for the Management of Forest Fires” (in Spanish). The aim of this webinar is to facilitate the use of space-based information for disaster management and emergency response, in particular to monitor and forecast forest fires.

The recording of the webinar is available online.

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10/06/2020

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UN-SPIDER, Red Latinoamericana de Teledetección e Incendios Forestales (Redlatif), Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN)

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UN-SPIDER Virtual International Expert Meeting "Space-based Solutions for Risk and Disaster Management in Africa"

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Floods in northern Madagascar in late January 2020. Image: NASA.

The UN-SPIDER Virtual International Expert Meeting “Space-based Solutions for Risk and Disaster Management in Africa” aims to contribute to an increased use of satellite technologies and novel applications developed by the space and the geospatial community in African countries to respond to challenges posed by natural hazards. The International Expert Meeting will:

  • Compile suggestions to facilitate the generation of actionable information combining various sources of space-based, in situ and big data, with a focus on early warning systems

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30/06/2020 to 02/07/2020

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Wed, 24/06/2020

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United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) through its UN-SPIDER programme.

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Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), University of Bonn.

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