Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka - Institutional Strengthening Mission

Following a technical advisory mission in 2011, UN-SPIDER organized training in space technology for improving hazard mapping in Sri Lanka from 15 to 18 August 2012 in cooperation with the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka and with the support of the Uva Wellassa University of Sri Lanka, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka and NDRCC.

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Wed, 15/08/2012 to Sat, 18/08/2012

Host Institution: 

Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC)

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The course was conducted by invited experts from some 10 international organizations: UNDP Sri Lanka; UN-SPIDER; ESCAP; the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok; the Institute of Remote Sensing Applications of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; Jena Instrument, Russian Federation; the Ministry of Land and Land Development of Sri Lanka; the National University of Singapore; NDRCC; and the Tropical Marine Science Institute. The training course was attended by 25 participants involved in disaster management and hazard mapping in key Sri Lankan services and authorities. During the course, experts conducted sessions on the current state of use of space-based information for disaster management in Sri Lanka; regional cooperation for disaster reduction management and disaster reduction strategy; the Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) digital evaluation model and its applications; flood hazard mapping and training in GIS, metadata, GeoNetwork and water data portals; and coastal hazard mapping, coastal zone management and integrated shoreline management planning. In addition, NDRCC donated to the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka an image covering Sri Lanka and licence-free image-processing software to be used for hazard and natural resource mapping.

Sri Lanka - Institutional Strengthening Mission

As a follow-up to the technical advisory mission to Sri Lanka, UN-SPIDER conducted a training event, which was held from 17 to 21 November 2014.

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Mon, 17/11/2014 to Fri, 21/11/2014

Host Institution: 

Sri Lanka Disaster Management Centre (DMC)

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As part of the Institutional Strengthening Mission, a workshop and training programme were jointly organized by UN-SPIDER, the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) of the Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM), and Postgraduate Institution of Science, University of Peradeniya.

The event included a one-day workshop for decision makers, followed by a four-day training programme. The objective was to enable disaster management stakeholders to learn how to access and disseminate flood-related information easily, quickly and accurately.

The training covered both theory and hands-on sessions on the following topics: earth observation for disaster management and, geo-data for disaster management including access to freely available data, rapid mapping, and the functioning of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, flood mapping using MODIS and SAR (ENVISAT ASAR), flood inundation modelling using the LISFLOOD-FP hydraulic model and the rainfall runoff inundation (RRI) model, and the rapid flood damage estimation model (RADAR).

The content was designed based on operational programmes and case studies in Sri Lanka. One of the outcomes of the engagement of UN-SPIDER with Sri Lanka is that the Disaster Management Centre of Sri Lanka now plays a prominent role in the implementation of the national spatial data infrastructure.

 

Sri Lanka - Institutional Strengthening Mission

At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, through the Ministry of Disaster Management (MoDM), UN-SPIDER carried out a Institutonial Strenghtening Mission follow-up activity to Sri Lanka to understand long-term capacity building needs and discuss joint activities in next three to five years.

Dates: 

Thu, 22/03/2018 to Wed, 28/03/2018

Host Institution: 

Sri Lanka Ministry of Disaster Management

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As a part of this ISM follow up mission, a one day workshop was organized under the guidance of MoDM on 22 March 2018. About 30 representatives (high-level officials) from the following stakeholder organisations attended the meeting: MoDM, Disaster Management Center (DMC), National Disaster Relief Services Center (NDRSC), Department of Meteorology (DoM), National Building Research Organisation (NBRO), Department of Census and Statistics, Department of Irrigation, Department of Survey, Ministry of Environment, National Disaster Reduction Center of China (NDRCC), Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). The mission team also met with senior officials from MoDM to discuss long term plans to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework. As a result of the 2011 UN-SPIDER TAM, Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) is implementing NSDI with other Stakeholders (main stakeholders –Ministry of Disaster Management, Disaster Management Center (DMC), National Disaster Relief Services Center (NDRSC), Department of Meteorology (DoM), National Building Research Organisation (NBRO), Department of Census and Statistics, Department of Irrigation, Department of Survey, Ministry of Environment).

The UN-SPIDER team visited a landslide relic field at Kegalle District of Sri Lanka (the site of a May 2016 landslide that left 120 people dead,) where on-site briefing was provided to district level officials about emergency support mechanisms and the role of space technology. It was deemed important for MoDM and DMC to be aware of how to use the Charter and UN-SPIDER assistance effectively, not only during emergency situations, but also to improve relief and rebuilding efforts.

A national training programme on the “Application of Disaster Risk Assessment for Development Planning and Effective Emergency Response” was conducted by experts from UN-SPIDER and two regional support offices, namely: the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI). This training was hosted in University of Peradeniya, Kandy, Sri Lanka from 26-30 March, 2018. Forty-one participants from DMC, NBRO, MoDM and NDRSC participated in the training.

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UN-SPIDER Advisory Support brochure

Issue Date: 

Mon, 11/06/2018
Booklet about UN-SPIDER Advisory Support
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The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), a programme implemented by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), assists developing countries in using space-based information in the full

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UN-SPIDER Updates April 2018

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Tue, 15/05/2018
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UN-SPIDER Updates March 2018

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Fri, 13/04/2018
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UN-SPIDER Updates March 2018

Sri Lanka Landslides and Torrential Rains due to Tropical Storm Roanu

Image courtesy of NASA/JAXA/SSAI, Hal Pierce

On 18 May 2016, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and its associated agencies captured Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) images of tropical cyclone Roanu in the Bay of Bengal.

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Wed, 25/05/2016 - 09:26

ALOS PALSAR satellite images to map southern provinces flooded in Sri Lanka

UN SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Sri Lanka International Water Management Institute (IWMI) in association with Sentinel Asia System (SAS) and JAXA activated the charter on October 1 to generate satellite images covering the Southern Provinces in Sri Lanka.

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Mon, 05/10/2015 - 08:16

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Satellite imagery to compare extreme rainfalls events from the last year in Sri Lanka

Accumulated rainfall September 2014 and 2015; and Rainfall events from 21 – 30 Sept

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) released some imagery from the satellite rainfall estimates for the current flood disasters in Sri Lanka.

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Thu, 01/10/2015 - 22:37

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Sri Lanka - National Training Course

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