Search and rescue

ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems

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The ACM SIGSPATIAL International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems 2019 (ACM SIGSPATIAL 2019), the twenty seventh edition, will be held in Chicago, November 5-8, 2019. It began as a series of symposia and workshops starting in 1993 with, the aim of bringing together researchers, developers, users, and practitioners in relation to novel systems based on geo- spatial data and knowledge, and fostering interdisciplinary discussions and research in all aspects of geographic information systems.






05/11/2019 to 08/11/2019


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Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center opened in USA

The MEOSAR satellite-based search and rescue system will improve the current COSPAS-SARSAT system (Image: NOAA)

The world’s first Emergency Readiness and Response Experience Center has been opened in Washington, D.C., USA by high-tech development company McMurdo.


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Tue, 19/05/2015 - 08:28

Satellite imagery can support searches for lost aircrafts and ships

Land monitoring satellites could support the search for lost planes and ships (Image: NASA)

A new concept for detecting lost aircrafts and ships lost in the oceans has been introduced by a team of researchers of the Leicester University in cooperation with the New Zealand Defence Technology Agency and Surrey-based DMC International.

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Wed, 04/02/2015 - 10:28

Crowdsource mapping in search for the Malaysian Airlines flight

satellite image fo the Earth

As UN-SPIDER reported yesterday, there have been calls for using satellite data in the search for the Malaysian Airlines Flight which went missing on 8 March.


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Tue, 11/03/2014 - 16:16

Pakistan: SUPARCO hosts COSPAS-SARSAT Search and Rescue Exercises

SAR exercises on 30 April, 7 March and training course from 8 to 19 July.

Two Search and Rescue (SAR) exercises and a basic SAR training course were hosted by the Pakistan Rescue Coordinate Centre (PARCC). PARCC is a part of the satellite ground segment of the COSPAS-SARSAT programme of SUPARCO (UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Pakistan) and installed at Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), which is responsible for all matters of aircraft in Pakistan. COSPAS-SARSAT is an international humanitarian satellite-based search and rescue program.


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Wed, 31/07/2013 - 15:22

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Pakistan's Space Agency conducts training on rescue operations

SUPARCO, the National Space Agency of Pakistan, host of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Pakistan, conducted a hands-on training on the COSPAS-SARSAT programme to enhance the capabilities of search and rescue operators in emergency situations using satellite services. The training was carried out on request of the Civil Aviation Authority and took place in the city of Karachi from 17th-19th July 2012.


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Mon, 03/09/2012 - 09:23

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Esri launches new GIS tool for personnel search and rescue

Esri has announced the launch of a new website, MapSAR that provides GIS tools for personnel search and rescue (SAR). "The launch of the MapSAR website is the result of a community of search and rescue personnel linked together by their use of GIS," says Russ Johnson, global director of disaster response for Esri. It will enable easy establishment of protocols and workflows to carry out the mapping and planning functions within the incident command structure (ICS).

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Thu, 09/08/2012 - 15:02

Galileo Will Be Used for Emergency Management

With the first two Galileo In-Orbit Verification (IOV) satellites already in orbit, the European Space Agency (ESA) is currently pondering whether or not the spacecraft could also be used to manage distress calls and other types of emergency. Galileo is being developed primarily as a satellite navigation and global positioning system. When complete, it will feature nearly three dozen components, spread out in strategically-placed orbital points, to ensure maximum coverage. ESA officials say that the assets could enable additional uses.

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Thu, 08/03/2012 - 11:56
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