United Nations Workshop on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction


United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Ministry of Emergency Management of People's Republic of China

Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO)

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Wed, 7 Dec - Fri, 9 Dec 2022

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Wednesday 7th December 2022



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09:15- 09:45

Opening Session

Moderator: Mr. Lorant Czaran, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER (video)

  • Mr. Pakorn Apaphant, Executive Director GISTDA
  • Ms. Gao Kun, Director of International Department, MEM (online)
  • Mr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General Education and Training Department, APSCO
  • Mr. Manzul Hazarika, Director Geoinformatics Center AIT
  • Ms. Tiziana Bonapace, Director, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) ESCAP
  • Mr. Niklas Hedman, Acting Director UNOOSA

09:45- 10:00

Keynote Presentation UN-SPIDER

Mr. Lorant Czaran, Chief Vienna Branch UN-SPIDER, UNOOSA

10:00- 10:15

Keynote Presentation ESCAP

Mr. Keran Wang, Chief, Space Applications Section, IDD, ESCAP

10:15- 10:25

Keynote Presentation APSCO

Mr. Mohammad Ebrahimi Seyedabadi, Director-General Education and Training Department, APSCO

10:25- 10:45

Keynote Presentation NDRCC China (online)

Ms. Li Suju, NDRCC China


Session 1: Understanding and assessing unseen risks

Moderator: Ms. Komali Kantamaneni, UCLan, U.K.

11:10- 11:30

Geospatial and Space Based Solutions on Environmental Issues. The Extreme Weather Events and Climate Change

Kanjana Koedkurang, Geo-Informatics Product Innovation Office GISTDA

11:30- 11:50

RiskChanges - An Open-source Platform for Multi-hazard Risk Assessment

Manzul Kumar Hazarika, AIT

11:50- 12:10

ESCAP's Risk and Resilience Portal for bridging science and policy gaps (online)

Madhurima Sarkar-Swaisgood, IDD, ESCAP

12:10- 12:30

Promoting disaster preparedness and resilience by co-developing stakeholder support tools for managing the systemic risk of compounding disasters- the EU PARATUS project

Cees van Westen, University of Twente – ITC, Netherlands

12:30- 12:50

Innovations in EO products and services applied to Disaster Resilience supported by ESA Global Development Assistance Program

Miguel A. Belenguer-Plomer, INDRA, Spain

14:10- 14:30

The DHARMA Project: Philippine Space Agency’s (PhilSA) contribution on the use of Earth Observation (EO) data for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in the Philippines

Roel de la Cruz, Philippine Space Agency, Philippines

14:30- 14:50

Drought Risk Evaluation in Iran using Geospatial Technology

Abdolreza Ansari Amoli, Iranian Space Agency, Iran

14:50- 15:10

Evaluation of spaced based technology in Disaster Management in Sri Lanka

Amarasingha Arachchillage Anoja Kumudu Kumari Seneviratne, Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka

15:10- 15:30

Conclusions Session 1, Discussion



Session 2: Multi-hazard early warning

Moderator: Mr. Manzul Hazarika, AIT Thailand

15:50- 16:10

Leveraging Commercial capabilities for Climate Action - Monitoring GHG emissions from space (online)

Harsha Vardhan Madiraju, World Geospatial Industry Council

16:10- 16:30

North Coast of Java Land subsidence, changing and the Future conditions

Muhammad Rokhis Khomarudin, National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

16:30- 16:50

Radar Earth Observation (SAR) & Digital Elevation Model Solutions for Disaster Management (online)

Simone Valeska Sasse, Account Manager United Nations, Airbus, Germany

16:50- 17:00

Conclusions Session 2, Discussion



Thursday 8th December


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Session 3: Assessing threats to ecosystems and nature-based solutions for building disaster resilience

Moderator: Mr. Godstime James, NASRDA, Nigeria

09:00- 09:15

Mapping floods and green infrastructures from space for improving nature-based solutions

Miguel A. Belenguer-Plomer, INDRA, Spain

09:15- 09:30

Development of Forest Biomass Estimation Model to monitor Carbon Stock change in Thailand

Kampanat Deeudomchan, Chief of Division, Geo-Informatics Management and Solutions Office, GISTDA

09:30- 09:45

An assessment of Climate Change and coastal inundation through Satellite-Derived Datasets

Komali Kantamaneni, University of Central Lancashire, UK

09:45- 10:05

Coastal sea level rise in the Philippines

Rosalie Reyes, University of the Philippines Diliman, Philippines

10:05- 10:25

Digital Twinning applications for improved comprehension of Earth Resources, Disaster Risks, and Sustainability with systemic integration of risk reduction outreach programs

Venu Madhav Maroju, Continuum Planning and Development Trust, India

10:50- 11:10

Pre-disaster monitoring of hotspots to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

Hamid Mehmood,

Economic Affairs Officer,


11:10- 11:30

Disaster management law: Lessons on cooperation for Astro Environmentalism

Upasana Dasgupta, Jindal Global Law School, India

11:30- 11:50

Forecasting disaster impacts to support anticipatory actions

Soomi Hong, DRR Section, IDD ESCAP

11:50- 12:10

Geospatial technologies for environmental planning and forest studies in view of Climate Change

Vijayalakshmi Thatiparthi, Centre for Environment, JNTU Hyderabad, India

12:10- 12:30

Earth observation data for disaster management and risk reduction in Sudan

Safa Khalid Yousif, National Centre for Research / Remote Sensing and Seismology Authority, Sudan

12:30- 12:45

Conclusions Session 3 and Discussion



Session 4: Advances in Earth observation and allied technologies to cater needs of the end-users

Moderator: Mr. Cees van Westen, University of Twente - ITC, Netherlands

14:15- 14:35

On-line access of EO data and information for monitoring hazards and disaster preparedness

Foltz Zachary, ARGANS Ltd., France

14:35- 14:55

Predicting potential earthquakes and their Locations using Remote Sensing Technologies

Shunji Murai, AIT

14:55- 15:15

Effective usage of open-source disaster information services for quick response in Disaster Situations - A case Study

Ganapathy Pattukandan, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), India

15:40- 16:00

Application of space base technology for disaster risk management in Asia and Africa

Niranga Alahacoon, IWMI, Sri Lanka

16:00- 16:20

Simulation of the 7th February 2021 rock-ice avalanche event in the Rishiganga river valley of Uttarakhand Himalayas, India

Gagandeep Singh, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

16:20- 16:40

Use of space-based technologies in humanitarian contexts

Angelina Savchuk, Netherlands Red Cross, Netherlands

16:40- 17:00

Conclusions Session 4 and Discussion



Friday 9th December


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09:00- 10:30

Special Joint Session: UN-Space – UN-SPIDER Bangkok Workshop Panel on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction organized by the UN-space Secretariat

Moderator: Mr. Lorant Czaran, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER


Session 5: Effective Emergency Response

Moderator: Mr. Manzul Hazarika, AIT Thailand

10:50- 11:20

Disaster Response mapping using the International Charter Space & Major Disasters

Roberto Biasutti, ESA

11:20- 11:50

Network analysis of the activations of the selected satellite-based emergency mapping (SEM) mechanisms

Anastasia Kvasha, Central European University, Hungary

11:50- 12:10

Application of international Earth Observation support mechanisms for optimum flood disaster response in Nigeria

Godstime James, National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria

12:10- 12:30

Experience in the use of space technologies in monitoring emergencies and natural resources of Kazakhstan

Gulnara Bissenalina, Aerospace Committee of the Ministry of Development, Innovation and Aerospace Industry, Kazakhstan

12:30- 12:50

The role of satellite communications in disaster management (online, video)

Ivan Suarez Castellano, Access Partnership, Spain

14.00- 16:10

Demonstration of the cloud processing environment of the International Charter Space & Major Disasters

(ESA Charter Mapper interactive demo of cloud platform)

Roberto Biasutti, ESA

16:10- 16:30

Examples of new EO based products for exposure mapping (INDRA and DLR) - (online)

Mattia Marconcini, DLR, Germany (remote)

Miguel A. Belenguer-Plomer, INDRA, Spain

16:30- 16:45

Session 5 Questions, Discussion


16:45- 17:00

Workshop Closing Remarks



1. Theme

Can we monitor earthquake anomalies to understand the possibilities of seismic hazards? Can we assess the rate at which cities are sinking and may face unprecedented floods as Bangkok faced in 2011? Can we assess the health of ecosystems so that it holds promise to offer protection from future pandemics or serve as the nature-based solution for disaster risk reduction?

Such risks are inherently unperceivable and remain unnoticed until they manifest into hazards unless we use the tools based on science and technologies to assess them.

The “Space2030” Agenda: space as a driver of sustainable development and its implementation plan, adopted by the General Assembly in its resolution 76/3, contains, inter alia, the commitment of Member States to:

  1. strengthen the use of integrated space applications to facilitate the observation of the climate and the assessment of disaster risks, improve early warning disaster systems and provide data for the indicators used to track progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework and commitments by States parties to the Paris Agreement, and
  2. promote the use of space-based technologies in all phases of the disaster management cycle, applicable to both natural and man-made disasters, including prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, reconstruction and rehabilitation; monitor and assess elements such as exposure, hazards, disaster risk and damage in different regions of the world; and promote the sharing of disaster monitoring data.

The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 took place in Bali, Indonesia.  The theme of the Global Platform, “From Risk to Resilience: Towards Sustainable Development for All in a COVID-19 Transformed World”, offered lessons from the pandemic and pathways to address the climate emergency. The event convened at the mid-point between COP 26 and COP 27 observed an increase in frequency and intensity of catastrophic events, threatening the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and iterated an urgent need to scale-up disaster risk reduction as part of the solution to address the climate emergency. A new paradigm is to transcend from managing risk to building risk resilience for which we need to understand risks that are not perceived by communities well in time and ensure that our development work doesn’t generate new risks.

For building risk resilience, we should utilize the full potential of science and technology to assess risks that are unseen and prevent potential catastrophes. This would help countries to understand risks well in advance, build multi-hazard early warning systems, develop resilient infrastructure and plan effective mitigation measures. Space-based technologies provide insight into what’s unseen and can be seen through space-based tools.

On 10 October 2018, Ministers and the heads of the space community from over 30 countries in Asia-Pacific met in Bangkok for the Third Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific and adopted the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018 – 2030). Among the 188 actions in the Plan of Action, disaster risk management is the priority for Asia-Pacific countries towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. The Ministerial Declaration pledged to implement the Plan of Action and contribute to “Space2030” agenda formulated by the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. The workshop on “Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - Assessing the Unseen Risks” will explore the power of Earth observation and other space technologies in understanding such risks and ways to deal with them.

2. Background

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce this workshop through its United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) in collaboration with the United Nations Social and Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology, Ministry of Emergency Management of People’s Republic of China and Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation.

The UN-SPIDER workshops offer a forum for disaster management communities and geospatial experts to strengthen their capabilities in using space-based information to identify, assess, monitor and respond to disaster risks and integrate space technology into long-term disaster risk management efforts. Through these workshops, the UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs connects the disaster management community with providers of geospatial information and develops programmes to help developing countries to use space-based information in all stages of disaster management.

The workshop will feature a joint UN-Space – High-level panel on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction, being organized in cooperation with UN-Space, a formal inter-agency mechanism established in mid-1970s to enhance coordination of space-related activities within the United Nations system. UN-Space, also known as the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting on Outer Space Activities, aims at promoting synergies and preventing duplication of efforts related to the use of space technology and applications in the work of United Nations entities.

The workshop is also an opportunity to contribute to the outcomes of the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Space Applications for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific, which will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia on 26 October 2022, which will convene to sustain and reinforce regional cooperation to enable countries to harness the power of space-derived data and services for the better management of disaster risk and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic.

3. Workshop Objectives

  1. Getting a better understanding of imperceptible and unknown risks with the help of space and allied technologies;
  2. Evaluating new risks posed by climate change and assessing them with the use of space-based technologies;
  3. Demonstrate opportunities and recent advances in space-based technologies to contribute to multi-hazard early warning; and
  4. To generate awareness amongst the disaster management community to use space-based tools for implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

4. Expected outcomes

The workshop is expected to achieve the following:

  1. Guidance on incorporating the use of space-based information in building disaster resilience that would contribute to achieving targets of the Sendai Framework;
  2. Engage the disaster management community in utilizing the potential of space-based technologies in building disaster resilience; and
  3. Enhanced contribution of space technology solutions in delivering progress on all 17 SDGs.

5. Sessions

Session 1: Understanding and assessing unseen risks

The session will present multi-hazard risk assessments such as assessing potential seismic risks, land subsidence or the risks emerging from climate change such as floods, landslides, drought, desertification, and forest fires etc. The session will demonstrate the value of space-based, geospatial and allied technologies.

Session 2: Multi-hazard early warning

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER is one of the implementing partners of the International Network for Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (IN-MHEWS). While Earth observation provides hazard and risk information, location-based services that utilize satellite navigation technologies and communication technologies provide an effective solution to improve early warning systems. The session will discuss existing early warning systems and ways to improve them using space-based technologies.

Session 3: Assessing threats to ecosystems and nature-based solutions for building disaster resilience

This session will discuss the resilience of ecosystems as an instrument for disaster risk reduction. Ecosystems protect infrastructure and communities from disasters. Ecosystems such as wetlands, forests, and coastal systems can provide cost-effective natural buffers against natural events and the impacts of climate change.  However, ecosystems face several threats such as forest fire, loss of biodiversity, coastal erosion, coral bleaching and reef degradation. This session will present use cases and methods of utilizing space-based inputs for assessing such risks and condition of ecosystems, as well as utilize its potential as the nature-based solutions for building disaster resilience.

Session 4: Advances in Earth observation and allied technologies to cater needs of the end-users

The current pace of space technology development challenges the space and geospatial end-users in making sense of ever-growing availability and access to earth observation data. Much of the geospatial information is derived from Earth observation data. The technology providers are not merely providing earth observation data but also providing services, products and tools to the end-users to ensure advanced Earth observation data is fully utilized. The session will present state-of-the-art Earth observation tools to cater needs of disaster management and sustainable development.

Session 5: Effective emergency response

This session will focus on how the countries can utilize the mechanisms that provide Earth observation support during disasters and the preparation needed by the national disaster management stakeholders to perform rapid response mapping. The opportunities offered by international organisations and private providers of satellite data will be presented.

Special session: Joint UN-Space - High Level Panel on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction

The UN-Space special session will offer a platform for thought leadership through the joint High-Level Panel, bringing together leading United Nations entities, governments and other stakeholders to engage in dialogues, exchange ideas, and seek solutions and strategies to advance the strategic role of space science, technology and applications for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the “Space2030” Agenda: space as a driver of sustainable development and its implementation plan; the Asia-Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018–2030), and attainment of the sustainable development goals.

Panellists will provide information on current and potential activities undertaken by their respective organizations relating to the use of space technology, science and applications and/or relevant regulatory frameworks for disaster risk reduction and dealing with unseen risks. The Panel will also serve as a platform for sharing best practices and for showcasing space-related activities of participating UN entities.

6. Target Audience

Disaster managers, policymakers, technologists and providers of space technology solutions from governments, academia, research, non-government and the private sector.

7. Registration link and deadline

Deadline for registration: Registration closed!

There is no registration fee for the workshop. Online registration is mandatory for all participants. The participants selected for the workshop will receive confirmation from the organisers. Getting a visa, travel and medical insurance is the responsibility of participants.

8. Financial Support to the participants

Due to funding constraints, the organisers will be able to offer support to only a limited number of participants from the Member States and organisations engaged in developing or intend to develop a partnership with UN-SPIDER. The support will defray the cost of travel (round-trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their country of residence and Beijing) and/or room and board expenses during the duration of the event.

9. Point of Contact

Ms. QU Yumiao (yumiao.qu [at] un.org (yumiao[dot]qu[at]un[dot]org))

Logistics: Ms. GAO Yuan (yuan.gao [at] un.org (yuan[dot]gao[at]un[dot]org))

Mr. Lorant CZARAN (czaran [at] un.org (czaran[at]un[dot]org))

10. Training programme (10 to 15 December 2022)

After the workshop, a training programme on “Space-based technologies for disaster risk assessment”, co-organised with the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation will be offered to 25-30 workshop participants on the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand. Participants interested in this training programme drop a separate Email to Ms Qu Yumiao (yumiao.qu [at] un.org (yumiao[dot]qu[at]un[dot]org)).

Venue: United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)
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