natural disasters

Vietnam to launch earth-monitoring satellites

Japanese experts are to help Vietnam build its first earth-observation satellites in an effort to help the South-East Asian country plan for the effects of climate change and natural disasters. Last November, Japan announced that it will provide a 40-year loan of about US$93 million (7.2 billion Japanese Yen) to Vietnam for equipment and capacity development connected to the bilateral satellite initiative. The first two satellites are due to be launched in 2017 and 2020, according to Shohei Matsuura, senior advisor with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Hanoi.

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Tue, 17/01/2012 - 10:35

China launches high-resolution remote-sensing satellite

China successfully launched Ziyuan I-02C Thursday, a high-resolution remote-sensing satellite, from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi province. Launched at 11:26 a.m aboard a Long March 4B rocket, the satellite reached an orbit of 770 km above Earth about 13 minutes later, according to the launch center.

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Tue, 10/01/2012 - 15:06

Shared images to help Philippines make disaster plans

While some countries have shipped relief supplies for the victims of Tropical Storm “Sendong,” others are sharing valuable satellite data on the devastated areas in Mindanao. Commercial satellite operators from Asia, Europe and North America have sent images of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities, taken before and after the flashfloods, to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs)—all for free. The images would have otherwise cost the government thousands of US dollars, according to Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum.


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Tue, 10/01/2012 - 14:54

Ocean health, disaster impacts monitored from above by satellite remote sensing

New remote sensing technologies with applications such as predicting problems with ocean fish stocks and assessing natural disasters were reported at conferences sponsored recently in Prague by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. The papers and others from SPIE Remote Sensing have been published in the SPIE Digital Library, with freely accessible abstracts and full papers available by rental, pay-per-view or subscription.

Color tells the story

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Tue, 10/01/2012 - 14:44

Satellite images could aid long-term disaster recovery

Satellite images could be used to track and quantify long-term recovery efforts in regions stricken by natural disasters. But longer term recovery — including the rebuilding of infrastructure and amenities such as schools and hospitals — can take decades, depending on the extent and the location of the disaster.

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Fri, 08/04/2011 - 17:08

General Assembly stresses need to invest in disaster mitigation measures

With earthquakes, heat waves, floods and snowstorms affecting 208 million people, killing nearly 300,000, and costing $110 billion in losses last year alone, the General Assembly today debated mitigation steps such as building safer schools, hospitals and cities to reduce the terrible toll.

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Fri, 11/02/2011 - 09:29



SERVIR is an international collaboration sponsored by NASA and USAID to provide solutions for environmental monitoring and decision support in developing regions around the world, using satellite remote sensing and other geospatial data. It integrates satellite observations, ground-based data and forecast models to monitor and forecast environmental changes and to improve response to natural disasters.


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The SERVIR mechanism is a joint venture between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). It integrates satellite observations, ground-based data and forecast models to help developing nations in Eastern and Southern Africa, West Africa, the Hindu-Kush region of the Himalayas, the lower Mekong River Basin in Southeast Asia and the Amazon region of South America manage climate risks and land use.


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Organizador: Campus Brasil del Centro Regional de Enseñanza en Ciencia y Tecnología del Espacio para América Latina y el caribe - CRECTEALC

Este evento, apoyado por UNOOSA y su programa ONU-SPIDER, tiene como objetivo la capacitación de profesionales de América Latina en el uso de la tecnología espacial para el manejo de desastres naturales y respuestas a las emergencias, con énfasis en eventos de sequia y desertificación.

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19/04/2010 to 23/04/2010

United States Geological Survey (USGS)

In 1879, the United States Geological Survey was created and it is part of the United States Department of the Interior.

The USGS is the “largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency” in the United States and educates the community on natural disaster ( - 22.03.2010).


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