natural disasters

IMF releases report on building disaster resilience in small and low-income countries

Damage from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island country of Dominica in 2017. Image: Tanya Holden/UK Department for International Development (DFID).

Small and low-income countries can be disproportionately affected by natural disasters.

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Fri, 12/07/2019 - 11:38

Flooding affected more people in 2018 than any other disaster type report shows

Damage from a 7.4 earthquake and a tsunami that hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018. Image: European Union/Pierre Prakash/Flickr.

In the past year, “there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion in economic losses around the world.” This is according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in its recently released 2018 Natural Disasters Report

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Mon, 01/07/2019 - 16:07

Italy launches satellite for monitoring disasters

This cropped image of Italy was captured by Sentinel-3A on 28 September 2016. As the colours in this image suggest, the camera can be used to monitor ocean ecosystems and vegetation on land which brings significant benefits to society through more informed decision-making. Image: ESA.

On 21 March in French Guiana, the Italian remote sensing satellite PRISMA launched aboard a Vega rocket of European launch provider Arianespace. Data from the satellite will be used for natural disaster prevention and disaster response, among other purposes.


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Mon, 08/04/2019 - 09:47

Japan to launch new satellite-based system for disaster prediction

An image of Tropical Storm Toraji over Japan taken by the Suomi NPP satellite on 2 September 2013. Image: NASA/CC BY 2.0

Japan plans to launch a new disaster prediction system using data from both satellites and the ground, in an effort to enable local governments to efficiently organize evacuations in the event of a natural disaster.


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Tue, 31/07/2018 - 12:13

IGAC develops innovative risk assessment system in Villavicencio, Colombia

The Research and Development Center of Geographic Information (CIAF), an arm of the Geographic Institute Agustín Codazzi (IGAC), is developing a risk assessment system for the city of Villavicencio in Colombia. IGAC is a Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER and responsible for advancing geographic investigations for the development of Colombia, and educating and training professionals in geographic information technologies.


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Fri, 18/05/2018 - 14:33

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Satellite communication strengthens disaster response in Philippines

Active volcano Mount Mayon as seen from the Legaspi Airport in September 2013. Image: NOAA/CC BY.

First disaster responders in the Philippines now have access to mobile satellite equipment that’s more powerful and easier to deploy than ever before.

Since 2017, emergency responders have been working with communications company Inmarsat, the UK Space Agency and a consortium of NGO partners to institutionalize satellite communications into disaster response mechanisms in the country, which is regularly hit by natural disasters.


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Mon, 14/05/2018 - 11:02

Remote Sensing for Humanitarian Programs Workshop

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

Harvard University organizes a workshop called Remote Sensing for Humanitarian Programs from 26-30 June 2017.






26/06/2017 to 30/06/2017

Registration Deadline: 

Mon, 19/06/2017


Harvard University

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Venue Country: 

  • United States of America

Event Organisers: 

Harvard University, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative



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Review: the partnership of EROS and the UN

Remote sensing imagery, like here showing the earthquake and landslides in Nepal 2015, provide important information (Image: USGS).

The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, one of the facilities of the Unites States Geological Survey (USGS) of the United States, was established in the early 1970s as the center to manage remotely sensed data, to develop ground systems for satellite missions and to conduct research on the potential applications of such remotely sensed data.  Through such efforts, the EROS Center contributes to the global understanding of how changes in land use, cover, and condition affect people and nature.


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Wed, 04/11/2015 - 13:39

Geospatial data and natural disasters included in the MDGs Report 2015

The last MDGs Report 2015 promotes the use of geospatial data (Image: NASA)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Report 2015 was released yesterday, 6 June. The results presented serve as the basis for the upcoming sustainable development agenda that will be adopted this year.


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Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:26

Atlas of cities at risk from natural disasters published

2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines (Image: DFID/ Henry Donati)

More than 50 percent of the most exposed cities in the world for natural disasters are located in Philippines, China, Japan and Bangladesh, according to a recent publication by the global risk analytics company Verisk Maplecroft.


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Mon, 09/03/2015 - 11:22


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