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UN-SPIDER Newsletter 1/20 - Space-based information for disaster response efforts

Issue Date: 

Fri, 24/01/2020
UN-SPIDER Newsletter 1/20


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UN-SPIDER / SENACYT seminar "Science and Technology: Applications for Disaster Preparedness and Response in Latin America and the Caribbean"

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

UN-SPIDER and the National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) join forces to conduct a seminar on the use of science, technology and innovation in disaster risk reduction and







Registration Deadline: 

Tue, 24/07/2018


Universidad Del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC), Universidad de Galileo, Universidad Mariano Gálvez y el Instituto Técnico de Capacitación (INTECAP)

Venue City: 

Guatemala City

Venue Country: 

  • Guatemala

Event Organisers: 

UN-SPIDER and the National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) 

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Crowdsourced mobile application to track disasters tested for first time in Fiji

Damage in Fiji caused by the floods of January 2012. Image: AusAID/CC BY 2.0

A crowdsourced mobile application utilizing satellite technology has been used for the first time during an emergency response drill in Fiji.

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Thu, 28/06/2018 - 12:57

NASA builds open global landslide catalog to improve disaster preparedness

This set of 12 still images show the potential landslide by month averaged over the last 15 years. Image: NASA.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States is currently building a worldwide database of landslide events. The Cooperative Open Online Landslide Repository (COOLR) includes NASA’s Global Landslide Catalog (GLC) which provides new insights into landslide hazards around the world. 

The COOLR project is an open platform where scientists and citizen scientists around the world can share landslide reports to guide awareness of landslide hazards for improving scientific modelling and emergency response.

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Thu, 07/06/2018 - 09:33

Crisis Connectivity Charter to aid disaster relief enters into full operation

Members of the satellite community signed contribution agreements in Luxembourg on 17 May 2018 with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), on behalf of the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC), to step-up their commitments to support global disaster relief.

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Wed, 30/05/2018 - 12:11

International Charter activated for floods in the Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo. Image courtesy of NASA.

Heavy rains are affecting the Dominican Republic since the end of March 2017. They caused swelling of rivers in several areas in the country , displacing more than 9,000 people. The Disaster charter was activated on 24 April 2017, on behalf of Emergency Operations Center (COE). Weather reports forecast further heavy to moderate rain across the country.


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Wed, 26/04/2017 - 10:41

Cyclone Debbie hits Australia, International charter has been activated

Image courtesy of NASA
A powerful cyclone has hit the north-eastern coast of Australia. It made landfall in Queensland on 28 March 2017. With winds up to 263km/h, it was first assessed as a category 4 storm, and then it was downgraded to category 2 when moving inland. On 29 March, the authorities warned that a 1,300 kilometer stretch of the north-eastern coast is at dangerous risk of flooding. The International Charter was activated on 29 March 2017 by Geoscience Australia on behalf of the Emergency Management Australia. According to the BBC, more than 25,000 people were urged to evacuate their homes.


Publishing Date: 

Thu, 30/03/2017 - 08:04

El Salvador, Guatemala and Uruguay taking steps to become Authorised Users of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters

Staff of the NEOC of SE-CONRED of Guatemala during the simulation

The Secretariat of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters is working with selected institutions in El Salvador, Guatemala, Uruguay and other countries in Latin America to engage them as Authorised Users so that in the future, these institutions may request the activation of the Charter in case of large disasters.   This effort has been facilitated by the National Commission for Space Activities of Argentina (CONAE) and UN-SPIDER, and has benefitted from the support provided by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and other members of the Charter.

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Tue, 31/05/2016 - 18:53

Satellite operators sign Crisis Connectivity Charter at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation

Stephen O’Brien says that satellite communications are the only technology immune to natural disasters (Image: UN Geneva).

On 14 October at the World Humanitarian Summit Global Consultation in Geneva, the satellite operators Eutelsat, Hispasat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SES, Thuraya and Yahsat signed the Crisis Connectivity Charter in partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC).


Publishing Date: 

Fri, 16/10/2015 - 12:11

ALOS PALSAR satellite images to map southern provinces flooded in Sri Lanka

UN SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Sri Lanka International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in association with Sentinel Asia System (SAS) and JAXA activated the charter on October 1 to generate satellite images covering the Southern Provinces in Sri Lanka.

The imagery was provided to use in emergency response and relief operation. Floods were mapped on 30 September and 1 October 2015, using IFMAN tool and covering the districts of Hambantota, Galle, Mantara, Monaragala and Ratnapura.


Publishing Date: 

Mon, 05/10/2015 - 08:16

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