Advisory Mission

Sri Lanka: UN-SPIDER to conduct training programme in November

Sri Lanka is often affected by heavy precipitation and floods.

As a follow up of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Sri Lanka in October 2011, UN-SPIDER organised the training “Space Technology for Improving Hazard Mapping in Sri Lanka” from 14 to 17 August 2012. A second follow up training programme is scheduled from 17 to 21 November 2014.


Publishing Date: 

Mon, 29/09/2014 - 09:25

Call for Experts: Gabon Technical Advisory Mission

Gabon captured by ESA's Envisat radar sensor in 2005

At the invitation of the Government of Gabon, and in connection with the upcoming GEO-XI Plenary in Gabon, UNOOSA (through the UN-SPIDER Programme) is tentatively planning to conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Gabon from 4 to 7 November 2014.

UN-SPIDER is therefore seeking four to six qualified international experts from the space- and Disaster Management communities who would be interested to volunteer for participating in this Mission, if confirmed.


Publishing Date: 

Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:29

Kenya - Technical Advisory Mission

Kenya experiences a number of natural hazards, the most common being weather related, including floods, droughts, landslides, lightening/thunderstorms, wild fires, and strong winds. In the recent past these hazards have increased in number, frequency and complexity. UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster and disaster risk management.


Sat, 01/03/2014 to Sat, 08/03/2014

Host Institution: 

National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) and National Space Secretariat (NSS)


Mission Team: 

The mission team was comprised of nine international experts:


Mr. Coen Bussink (UN-SPIDER, Vienna), Ms. Longfei Liu (UN-SPIDER, Beijing), Ms. Leslie Armstrong (U.S. Geological Survey), Mr.Ned Dwyer (Coastal and Marine Research Centre, University College Cork, Ireland), Mr. Gabriel Yesuf (Regional Centre for Training in Aerospace Surveys, Nigeria), Mr. Andries Jordaan (University of the Free State, South Africa), Mr. Franck Ranera (Airbus Defence and Space, France), Mr. Michael Hagenlocher (University of Salzburg’s Interfaculty Department of Geoinformatics - Z_GIS, Austria), Mr. Wu Wei (National Disaster reduction Centre of China, China).


Mission Profile: 

The mission team met with 19 national and international institutions based in Kenya. These meetings provided insight in the role of each organisation in disaster management and in the use of space-based and geospatial information in the country. In addition, the team organized a one-day workshop on the premises of UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office RCMRD, which was attended by over 50 participants from the academia, ministries, emergency services and international organisations.

The workshop included presentations by NDOC, NSS, RCMRD and by all experts of the TAM team. Group discussions were held inviting the participants to think about the current and potential use of space technologies in disaster management. The workshop was effective in generating awareness about possible applications of space-based technology and the potential for cooperation between different agencies.

On the last day of the mission, the TAM team provided a briefing on the findings of the mission to the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government of Kenya.

The observations and recommendations will be compiled in the form of the report that will be presented to the Government and could be used for the drafting of the National Policy for Disaster Risk Management.

Mission Findings: 

  • There is a good basis for a national spatial data infrastructure in Kenya;
  • There are a number of strong early warning systems using geospatial data, especially data about droughts and floods in specific areas;
  • There is excellent capacity for using up-to-date Earth observation and geographic data at several institutions;
  • There is a need for capacity-building;
  • Not all agencies use satellite-based communications and navigation technology.

Mission Recommendations: 

  • Disaster management and contingency plans can benefit from the incorporation of space-based and geospatial information;
  • Cooperation and sharing of data and information between institutions could be strengthened;
  • A national spatial data infrastructure is an important step towards increasing the generation and use of spatial data;
  • Focal points and the role of institutions in the use of international mechanisms (International Charter on Space and Major Disasters and the Copernicus Emergency Management Service) for acquiring Earth observation data and products should be clarified in order to access these resources;
  • Adequate management of data and metadata within the relevant institutions should be ensured;
  • Institutions that need to strengthen their capacities could take advantage of the knowledge available at local universities and public institutions;
  • Training courses should be conducted to strengthen the skills of staff in geographic information system units, including courses on remote sensing applications for disaster-risk assessment and emergency response.

UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Kenya

Mission team of the Kenya Technical Advisory Mission

From 3 to 7 March 2014, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Kenya in order to assess the current state and the potential of using space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in the country. The Mission was conducted upon the invitation of the Government of Kenya through the National Disaster Operations Centre (NDOC) and National Space Secretariat (NSS).


Publishing Date: 

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:11

Referenced UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office: 

Vietnam: Technical Advisory Mission accomplished

Mission team with His Excellency Vice Minister of Agriculture, Vietnam

At the request of the Government of Vietnam, through the Disaster Management Centre of Ministry of Agriculture, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to Vietnam from 25 to 29 March 2013. The mission served to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all the aspects of disaster management in Vietnam and strengthen disaster risk management in the country by providing better access to space-based information for disaster risk reduction as well as response.

Publishing Date: 

Tue, 02/04/2013 - 10:48

Technical Advisory Missions

A Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) serves to explore a Member State's capacity to fully take advantage of space-based information. As an inter-institutional fact-finding mission, it is officially requested by the respective national government and is carried out by a team of experts that UN-SPIDER gathers.

Short title: 

UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Missions
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