Recent study presents new assessment method for rare floods risks

Modeled catchment mean annual loss. For clarity, only catchments with a mean annual loss of >$1.5 million have been plotted. Image: Quinn, N., Bates, P. D., Neal, J., Smith, A., Wing, O., Sampson, C., et al. ( 2019).

A recent study, published in the Water Resource Research journal, presents a new method for a spatially realistic national flood risk assessment.


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Thu, 04/07/2019 - 09:51

Introductory Webinar: Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
Introductory Webinar: Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience

According to a UN report1, between 1998 and 2017, the U.S. alone lost USD$944.8 billion from disasters. Between 1978 and 2017, losses from extreme weather events rose by 251 percent. It is critical to develop disaster management strategies to reduce and mitigate disaster risks. A major factor in regional risk assessment is the evaluating the vulnerability of lives and property to disasters. Environmental information about disasters, their spatial impact, and their temporal evolution can plan an important role as well.





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World Bank project maps and models flood risk in Niger

An image of Niamey from a drone. Image: Drone Africa Services.

The government of Niger, in partnership with the World Bank and a team of local volunteers, steps up the gathering of data on Niamey’s exposure to floods using drone and open source data to support disaster preparedness.

The initiative started with a team of volunteers, students and young professionals who used an open source mobile application to build a database on exposed people and assets in Niamey, the capital city. 


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Wed, 26/09/2018 - 10:14

International Charter activation for floods in Venezuela and India

Logo of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated for floods in Venezuela on 15 August and in India on 16 August.

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Thu, 16/08/2018 - 12:13

International Charter activated for major flooding disaster in Japan

Global Precipitation Measurement visualization of heavy rain in Japan, 2 – 9 July 2018. Image: NASA Earth Observatory

The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” was activated on 7 July for a major flooding disaster which has hit Japan, the worst the country has experienced in 36 years.


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Mon, 16/07/2018 - 10:37

UN-SPIDER Updates April 2018

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Tue, 15/05/2018


International Charter activated for Russian Federation flooding

Lake in Kachalinskaya, Volgogradskaya oblast Russia.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated for flooding in the Volgogradskaya Oblast Region of the Russian Federation on 4 April, caused by vast amounts of melting snow causing river water levels to rise.

Local authorities requested the activation of the emergency response to evacuate over 359 residents from 31 inhabited areas and to provide relief.


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Thu, 05/04/2018 - 11:59

El Salvador - National Training Course


New research report suggests methods for mapping multiple climate hazard risks in South Asia

Report on Mapping Multiple Climate-related Hazards in South Asia

Countries experience multiple climate-related risks that vary spatially and in time, with the combined impact of such risks carrying severe consequences for the population. A new collaborative research study by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) identifies the need to carry out regional level assessments of these risks in South Asia.

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Tue, 04/07/2017 - 10:48

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Science for future peace and development

On 10 November, UNESCO and the world celebrated the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2015 (Image:Creative Commons).

On 10 November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2015, launching the 2015 UNESCO World Science Report.

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Wed, 11/11/2015 - 15:15


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