Copernicus Emergency Management Service activated for floods in northern France and storm in Germany

Rise of the Seine river, 26 January 2018

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated on 23 January due to floods in northern France. Paris and the northeastern part of France are affected as a result of prolonged heavy rains causing a rise of the rivers Seine, Rhine and Ill. Authorities from Meteo France emitted an orange alert for floods.


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Fri, 26/01/2018 - 11:24

Floods in Costa Rica activate Charter

Floods in Costa Rica. Image: NASA archive.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters have been activated in Costa Rica on 28 November 2016 due to the consequences of Hurricane Otto. The activation was requested by USGS on behalf of National Emergency Committee Costa Rica. UN-SPIDER contributed with Costa Rica to activate the charter and is permanently giving technical support to that country.

Heavy rain, floods, landslides, destruction, some 6000 displaced people and nine victims left the tropical storm. Otto also affected Panama and Nicaragua leaving damage and victims. 


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Wed, 30/11/2016 - 05:19

Pacific and Atlantic Hurricanes images caught by the ISS

Screenshot of the video from the NASA published on The Guardian website. Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured very interesting videos of hurricanes Lester and Madeline which are heading towards Hawaii; as well as of Hurricane Gaston above the Atlantic Ocean.

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Fri, 02/09/2016 - 04:13

International Charter activated for Hurricane Joaquin in Bahamas

Satellite image of Hurricane Joaquin, taken by GOES East satellite on 1 October. (Source: AFP/NOAA)

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a category four storm that passed over the Bahamas on 2nd. October, causing widespread destruction. Winds of over 130 mph, up to 600mm of rain and 3 metre storm surges have been reported.

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Wed, 07/10/2015 - 15:33

New satellite-based sensors deliver unprecedented weather forecasts

Pyxis provide precise weather forecasts (Image: US NOAA)

The satellite developer PlanetiQ introduced its new GPS technology called Pyxis which will make predictions better than before. The satellite-based weather instrument includes sensors that are designed to penetrate storm clouds and generate data that will significantly improve weather forecasting.


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Fri, 05/06/2015 - 10:46

Crowdsource mapping assistance for cyclone-struck Vanuatu

Within 24 hours, the HOT community more than doubled the amount of map data in OpenStreetMap (Image: HOT)

Cyclone Pam, which struck Vanuatu last Friday, has affected more than 130,000 people, about half of the population of the country, according to UN estimations. Following a direct hit from the Category 5 storm, at least two deaths have been confirmed and over 30 injured people are being treated in the capital Port Vila.


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Mon, 16/03/2015 - 11:11

TerraSAR-X satellite images help detect flooded areas in Denmark

MERIS image of Denmark, on 1 June 2003.

In order to monitor and map the spatial extent of the flooding caused by two storms passing over Denmark the weekend of 9 to 11 January 2015, radar images from TerraSAR-X satellite were employed.

The analysis and mapping of the flooded area was conducted by Airbus Defence and Space on behalf of DHI GRAS, a worldwide provider of remote sensing and GIS services for hydrology, water quality, environmental assessment and land cover mapping.


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Mon, 26/01/2015 - 11:34

Malawi: International Charter activated for storm

Malawi seen from space

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a major storm in Lilongwe district, Malawi on 2 January 2015. The mechanism was activated by the US Geological Survey on behalf of Dept of Disaster Management Affairs, Malawi.

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Tue, 06/01/2015 - 12:53

NASA: Examining extratropical cyclones to understand cloud-storm relationship

VIIRS captured this view of the Bering Sea superstorm on 8 November

NASA's scientists are researching new information about the Earth's hydrologic cycle by examining satellite radar imagery of extratropical cyclones in the Bering Sea.

Cyclones constitute one of the most widely spread and powerful storm systems on our planet and they generate the majority of fresh water collected at middle and high latitudes. While the phenomena that originates extratropical cyclones is well known, the elements of cloud features constituting these storms are not completely explained.

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Fri, 28/11/2014 - 09:34

Floods in France: International Charter activated

Situation Map - Saint-Laurent-le-Minier, Gard, France

Several people have died after torrential rains and subsequent floods in southern France on 17 and 18 September 2014. The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 18 September by Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (COGIC) in order to obtain satellite-based maps of the flood and its impacts. SERTIT will be the Project Manager for this activation.


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Fri, 19/09/2014 - 09:57


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