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Introduction to UN-SPIDER resources for flood and drought mapping

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The Federal University of Santa Maria of Brazil (UFSM), in its role as a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO), and UN-SPIDER joined forces to conduct a virtual seminar on the use of the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices to process satellite imagery to map the geographic extent of floods, and to elaborate a series of maps that allow government agencies, as well as regional and international organizations, to assess the severity of droughts in

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04/08/2020

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UN-SPIDER, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) of Brazil

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Innovative tools and measures for robust drought risk management in the context of pandemic crisis

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The coronavirus pandemic is compounding the impact of drought, which is already affecting more lives than ever with serious impact on health, the economy and the environment.

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23/09/2020

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UNEP-DHI Centre on Water and Environment

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UNCCD, FAO

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UN-SPIDER Updates August 2020

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Tue, 01/09/2020
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Drought and flood in Mozambique

2008 drought and 2019 flood in Central Mozambique

Prepared by S. Pardi Lacruz and M. de Araujo Sousa Jr. 

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UNESCAP publishes report on protecting the most vulnerable from climate extremes and COVID-19 in South Asia

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The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a policy study concerning the impending climate risk scenarios in South Asia and their intersection with the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this report is to facilitate policy actions that could protect communities at risk as well as to lay the foundations of resilient

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'Is this drought normal? How EO data can help you understand drought hazard and benchmark your risk' Webinar

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09/07/2020

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The European Space Agency’s Earth Observation for Sustainable Development (EO4SD) Climate Resilience Cluster 

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Ethiopia - Institutional Strengthening Mission

Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER carried out a Institutional Strengthening Mission to Addis Ababa from 26 to 30 August 2019 to support the country in making use of the benefits of space technology for drought early warning. The team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, met a wide range of stakeholders in the country to identify how space-based information is currently used in the context of disaster management and drought monitoring in particular, and to make recommendations as to how to further strengthen the use of space technologies in these areas.

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Mon, 26/08/2019 to Fri, 30/08/2019

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Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI)

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A team of experts from UN-SPIDER and the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn, a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office

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As part of the week-long mission, UN-SPIDER and the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI) convened a national workshop on “Drought Monitoring, Forecasting and Prediction in Ethiopia Using Satellite-driven and In-situ-based Measured Products”. The goal of the workshop was to discuss the establishment of a drought monitoring and prediction center in Ethiopia in order to develop integrated meteorological, hydrological and agricultural drought forecasting services. It also seeked to strengthen scientific networking in the research areas of drought and capitalize on Ethiopia’s effort to utilize space products for combating recurrent drought of the country. The workshop brought together nearly 40 participants from a wide range of national and international institutions addressing questions related to monitoring of natural hazards; space and geospatial information; risk and disaster management; and agriculture and food security.

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Introductory Webinar: Satellite Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications

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This four-part introductory webinar will focus on data products, data access, and case-studies demonstrating how remote sensing data can be used for decision-making among the agriculture and food security communities.

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14/04/2020 to 05/05/2020

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Sun, 24/05/2020

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NASA ARSET

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New Sensor Highlight: ECOSTRESS

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This webinar will focus on a NASA instrument that was launched and installed on the International Space Station in summer 2018. Designed to study terrestrial ecosystems and plant water stress from the ISS, ECOSTRESS can also be used to better understand crop health, volcanoes, urban heat, wildland fires, coastal systems, and much more. 

The primary science and applications mission of ECOSTRESS is to address three critical questions around vegetation health and agriculture:

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20/11/2019

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Thu, 14/11/2019

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NASA ARSET

 

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New NASA sensor to support drought and wildfire prediction

Major disasters such as droughts and wildfires are driven by the dryness of vegetation. To enhance the monitoring of plant water stress, NASA launched and installed a new sensor on the International Space Station.

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