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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

GIS and Water Resources Modeling Workshop

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
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This three-day workshop is designed for working professionals, students, and researchers, to provide hands-on experience with advanced GIS capabilities for water resources modeling. Specifically, this workshop will focus on downloading geospatial data from the Internet, projecting data into GIS, data preparation for hydraulic and hydrologic analysis, geodatabase development including ArcHydro, data pre-processing for HEC-HMS and HEC-RAS, import/export of geospatial and temporal data, and GIS visualization.

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40

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Date: 

04/08/2014 to 06/08/2014

Venue: 

Purdue University, Civil Engeneering Bldg

Venue City: 

West Lafayette

Event Organisers: 

Purdue University

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Predicting droughts with data from ESA's SMOS satellite

satellite images help to predict drought and crop yield

The European Space Agency’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission was orginally designed to deliver information on water cycles. The satellite is now also being used to predict droughts and to monitor crop yield.

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Fri, 23/05/2014 - 12:23

National Science Fundation (NSF)

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The Philippines: Government to complete flood hazard mapping in 2016

satellite image of floods in the Philippines

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines wants to finish up the mapping process of all flood prone zones in the country by 2016.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo reported that the department’s Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation Project is going well and 18 major river basins have been mapped already. The project aims to produce high-resolution 3D maps of flood prone areas with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

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Fri, 28/03/2014 - 10:16

NASA is launching its third global Space App challenge

Blue marble

NASA and other space agencies are preparing for the third annual International Space Apps Challenge on 12 and 13 April 2014. This year, participants will develop mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions for coastal flooding.

NASA Chief Scientist Ellen Stofan said: “Solutions developed through this challenge could have many potential impacts, this includes helping coastal businesses determine whether they are currently at risk from coastal inundation, and whether they will be impacted in the future by sea level rise and coastal erosion."

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Tue, 25/03/2014 - 11:29

The 34th EARSeL Symposium 2014

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
English
Logo of the Symposium

EARSeL is a scientific network of European remote sensing laboratories, coming from both academia and the commercial/industrial sector, which covers all fields of geoinformation and earth observation through remote sensing. All scientists, professionals and researchers involved or interested in the field of the symposium are strongly encouraged to present papers according to the following topics:

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52

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21

Date: 

16/06/2014 to 20/06/2014

Registration Deadline: 

Tue, 15/04/2014

Venue: 

Old Library Main Campus Krakowskie Przedmiescie 26/28

Venue City: 

Warsaw

Event Organisers: 

University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies

Co-organisers: 

Department of Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics of Polish Geographical Society

Institute of Geodesy and Cartography

Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences

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Offshore wind farms could weaken hurricane power

Satellite image of hurricane Katrina

A recent study conducted by Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the Stanford University, Cristina Archer and Willett Kempton of the University of Delaware, shows that offshore wind farms could have sapped the power of three real life hurricanes.

The scientists base their research on computer simulations of hurricanes Sandy and Isaac from 2012 and Katrina from back in 2005. "We found that when wind turbines are present, they slow down the outer rotation winds of a hurricane," Jacobson said.

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Fri, 28/02/2014 - 08:37

UK Floods: Developers join to create flood-relief apps

ALI image of UK floods

More than 200 developers including from Google, Facebook and Twitter joined on February 16 to work on app improvements to help public responses to the UK floods. The event was hosted by Tech City UK.

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Thu, 20/02/2014 - 14:35

UN Report stresses Importance of Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction

On 20 September 2012, the United Nations Secretariat published the "2012 MDG Gap Task Force Report". The report stresses the importance of accessibility of new technologies for disaster risk reduction: "Affordable access to new technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation and disaster risk management have also become pressing priorities. (...) The risk of natural disasters continues to increase in both developed and developing countries.

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Fri, 21/09/2012 - 10:49

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