UN-SPIDER Updates January 2013

Issue Date: 

Mon, 04/02/2013

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In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance


German Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information launches regular operations

From the research stage to full operation – The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) is now on call around the clock. This service facility established in 2004 provides up-to-the minute satellite-based maps for activities related to natural and environmental disasters, humanitarian aid, and civil security worldwide. It is a service of DLR’s German Remote Sensing Data Center. On 22 January 2013 DLR in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) officially launched regular ZKI operations.


Publishing Date: 

Fri, 25/01/2013 - 09:40

The DLR Center for Satellite based Crisis Information (ZKI): Current status and considerations for the future

Harald Mehl, Head of Unit - Civil Crisis Information and Geo Risk, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

Stefan Voigt, Senior Researcher / Teamleader "Humanitarian Relief & Civil Security", German Aerospace Center (DLR)


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Natural Disaster in Japan Emphasises Need for International Networking Among Geo Experts

Up-to-date geodata is essential if rescue services are to reach the disaster-struck regions and provide help as fast as possible. After all, the regions affected need to be accessible for sufficient material and supplies to be provided in good time.

Publishing Date: 

Wed, 13/04/2011 - 15:07

DLR releases satellite images of Japanese disaster area

After the severe earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ was activated on the morning of the 11 March 2011. All participating institutions were asked to provide satellite imagery of the affected area.


Publishing Date: 

Mon, 14/03/2011 - 11:09

Satellite-Based Crisis Information and Risk Assessment: Contributions Following the Earthquake in W. Sumatra and the Mentawai Tsunami

Satellite imagery may serve as a source of information in all phases throughout the disaster cycle. In the preparedness phase, risk assessment is an important tool to support disaster management and spatial planning activities in order to minimize potential future impacts. Here, remote sensing can provide important information to perform risk and vulnerability assessments, such as land use information or inventories of exposed elements and facilities.

Publishing Date: 

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 14:37

Monitoring the Gulf Coast Oil Spill - UPDATED 05/05/2010

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Publishing Date: 

Thu, 29/04/2010 - 11:02

DLR scientists support relief workers in Haiti earthquake disaster

Following the devastating earthquake on Haiti, relief organisations require rapid, reliable and meaningful information on the local situation, the state of the infrastructure and the extent of the damage for their deployment in the disaster zone. In this context, scientists from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) are giving important support by providing free access to maps of the crisis region based on satellite data.


Publishing Date: 

Tue, 02/02/2010 - 11:00

UN-SPIDER Newsletter January 2010

Issue Date: 

Fri, 22/01/2010

In this issue:

SpaceAid, Case Study, Interview, Workshops...



  • SpaceAid bolsters Emergency Response to Haiti

Case Study

  • A ZKI Rapid Mapping Activation after heavy floods hit Albania


  • UN-SPIDER and Ecuador: strengthening ties during Regional Workshop and Technical Advisory Mission



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