natural disasters

General Assembly resolution recognizes work of UN-SPIDER

On 23 December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly adopted its resolution A/RES/69/243 of the sixty-ninth session on "International cooperation on humanitarian assistance in the field of natural disasters, from relief to development". The resolution was published on 11 February 2015 and makes explicit mention of the UN-SPIDER programme twice.

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Fri, 20/02/2015 - 09:13

Code for Resilience: Innovative Apps for Disaster Risk Reduction

Screenshot of an App presented: Siaga Banjir (Jakarta Flood Alert)

Code for Resilience is a global initiative in which, during a year-long period, technologists have been developing mobile applications to increase the availability of locally relevant technologies that can strengthen community resilience to disasters. The initiative is supported by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFRDD), the World Bank Group, and Code for Japan.

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Mon, 14/07/2014 - 16:03

New GIS to be Launched by Vietnam in the Mekong Delta

Radar Image of Mekong Delta

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City National University is working in conjunction with southwestern provinces of Dong Thap, Soc Trang, Can Tho and Long An to integrate the region’s discrete  spatial databases into a unified platform designated as the Mekong Delta Geographic Information System (MDGIS).  Local governments in the region will benefit from the streamlined access to updated information on the status of the natural resources allowing for better leadership and management of socio-economic development in the region.

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Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:59

ESA: CryoSat measures storm surge in northern Europe

Realistic storm surge models play a crucial role when natural disasters strike

During 5 and 6 December 2013, a major storm passed through northern Europe coinciding with a period of high tides in the North Sea and resulting in extremely high sea levels – a ‘storm surge’. The effects of the storm surge resulted for the United Kingdom in the highest sea levels since the 1953 North Sea Floods, while parts of Hamburg were flooded in Germany. ESA’s CryoSat satellite passed over Kattegat and its radar altimeter measured the storm surge, providing an estimate of total water levels. The observations collected matched predictions, which helped to confirm the models.


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Fri, 13/12/2013 - 09:48

South Korea develops new GIS-based weather model to forecast disasters

More than 70,000 people were killed by natural disasters annually

Recognizing how important it is to find innovative solutions to save lives and reduce economic losses, researchers from the High Impact Weather Research Centre (HIWRC) at South Korea’s Gangneung-Wonju National University have developed a new device which could soon predict natural disasters before they even hit.


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Fri, 15/11/2013 - 15:42

ISS: How the International Space Station assists during disasters

The ISS plays an important role in helping emergency responders

The International Space Station (ISS) partner agencies released a common statement on 17 July 2013 underlining the benefits of the space station during disasters caused by natural hazards on Earth. The ISS partner agencies US National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Canadian Space Agency, European Space Agency, Russian Federal Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency stated "The ISS Partners are committed to continuing to share this unique asset in space and the benefits it brings to life on Earth."


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Mon, 22/07/2013 - 11:57

UN: Disaster Management paramount for post-2015 agenda

severity and economic losses of disasters continue to increase across the globe

As the frequency, severity and economic losses of disasters continue to increase across the globe,  the United Nations’ first-ever global champion for disaster risk reduction, Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, kicked-off a two-day global meeting in Jakarta on 19 February, 2013 by backing calls for hardwiring disaster management into the global development agenda. The main focus of the Jakarta consultations will be on the ability of governments and international organizations to prevent and manage the aftermath of disasters as one of their top responsibilities.

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Tue, 26/02/2013 - 10:33

How Geodesign can help Recovery and Disaster Risk Management after Hurricane Sandy

After hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in late October 2012, recovery and reconstruction have been underway. Larry Greenemeier, author at the Scientific American, underlines the importance of Geodesign in this process.

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Tue, 29/01/2013 - 12:43

ISSDA International Seminar on Natural Disasters and Sustainable Development

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis

The International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture
(ISSDA) would like to invite you to participate in the International






17/04/2013 to 19/04/2013

Registration Deadline: 

Fri, 15/02/2013


Hotel Astoria

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The International Society for Sustainable Development and Agriculture

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Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH)

The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) is under the administration of the Ministry of Transport and Communication.


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