early warning systems

India: Building a tsunami early warning system

Multitemporal composite of radar satellite imagery

India is building a tsunami early warning system in the South China Sea, which is likely to be operational in the next 10 months, as The Economic Times reported. The need for the establishment of such a system had become very obvious during the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean causing widespread destruction.

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Thu, 17/10/2013 - 10:42

Expert Meeting on Early Warning Systems: Final report now available

Over fifty space technology and disaster and risk management experts

The report for the UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting on the use of space-based information for Early Warning Systems is now available. Having taken place from 24 to 26 June 2013, the meeting had brought together fifty two space technology and disaster management experts representing national, regional and international organizations, internationally active private companies and included representatives of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices in Bonn Germany.

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Mon, 12/08/2013 - 16:37

Space-based information for Early Warning System: UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting in Bonn

Participants of the UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting on Early Warning Systems

On 26 June 2013, the UN-SPIDER Programme wrapped up a two-day expert meeting focusing on space-based applications in Early Warning Systems.

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Wed, 26/06/2013 - 12:57

Tsunami early warning systems in Indonesia pass the test

On 11 April 2012 a 8.6 magnitude earthquake occurred at 8.38 UTC, 437 km southwest of Banda Aceh in Indonesia and 33 km beneath the ocean floor, prompting a tsunami watch to be immediately issued for Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, Crozet Islands, Diego Garcia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Kerguelen Islands, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Reunion, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Somalia, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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Thu, 12/04/2012 - 08:18

Early warning systems offer best hope for disaster prevention

The earthquake and tsunami that struck the north-eastern coast of Japan on 11 March, was a tragedy for the thousands of people who lost their lives and livelihoods. From the photos and videos documenting the devastation, it would have been difficult to imagine a worse outcome. Yet, just after the disaster, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (UNISDR) said it could have been worse had it not been for the country’s long history of disaster preparedness and planning dating back to 1896.

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Mon, 09/05/2011 - 18:07

Satellites may improve flood warnings

Satellites for floods early warning systems

Scientists are trialling the use of satellites to improve early warning systems but local weather watchers warn they won't prevent a repeat of the devastating floods that claimed lives last month. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, a joint venture between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is capturing images from an orbiting satellite which is already proving data for real-time river forecasting in Bangladesh with plans to take it global by 2013.

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Wed, 16/03/2011 - 11:13

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