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The Crowdsource Mapping Network Crisis Mappers offers a free-of charge webinar on Crisis Mapping Analytics using data from conflicts in Sudan and Libya. The presentation by Helena Puig from UNDP's Threat and Risk Mapping Analysis unit in the Sudan, is available on Youtube. The webinar is part of the Crisis Mappers' Net Webinar Series.

Crisis Mappers is a network of experts from a variety of backgrounds at the intersection between humanitarian crises, technology, crowd-sourcing, and crisis mapping. Crisis Mappers leverage mobile and web-based applications, participatory maps and crowdsourced event data, aerial and satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational and statistical models to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Publishing date 27/08/2012

UN-SPIDER is providing support to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in response to the widespread locust outbreak by facilitating access to various satellite imagery over the area. Through the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya (RCMRD) the US satellite EO-1 could already be tasked. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) also tasked Landsat7 acquisitions of the affected area over the next two months. Other options are also being reviewed.

In February 2012, a Desert Locust outbreak suddenly developed in southwest Libya along the border of Algeria and rapidly spread into adjacent areas of southeast Algeria. Gregarizing adults laid eggs throughout March in both countries. Monitoring and control operations are hampered by the remoteness of the area as well as heightened insecurity due to 2011 events in Libya. A second generation of hatching commenced in late March and early April in southwest Libya and southeast Algeria where a Desert Locust…

Publishing date 13/04/2012