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  • Official Logo of the Algerian Space Agency. Image: ASAL.
    ASAL provides EO data to the International Charter Space and Major Disasters Tue Apr 13 2021
    In recent years, the frequency and severity of natural hazards has increased dramatically. This development has escalated the risk of disasters and their devastating impact on the environment and communities around the world. Earth observation (EO) data has the potential to mitigate the risks of disasters and support all phases of the disaster management cycle. The international community has...
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    JAXA and NTT DATA embark on joint research to improve 3D mapping for disaster management Tue Apr 13 2021
    Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) partnered with NTT DATA Corporation, a leading digital business and IT services provider, to conduct research on space-borne LIDAR to improve 3D mapping. The research aims to “solve the technical challenges” and “improve the accuracy” of space-borne 3D mapping in order to support disaster management efforts globally. LIDAR refers to “a laser altimeter...
  • Fires in the Amazon as seen from Space. Image: ESA/NASA–L. Parmitano.
    GWIS launches country profiles to support wildfire risk management in LAC region Tue Mar 30 2021
    Increasing in frequency and severity, wildfires have had a devastating impact in several areas around the world in recent years. The effects of wildfires pose a particular risk to the environment and communities in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region. In order to mitigate the effects of wildfires and support wildfire risk management in the region, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the...
  • Arctic Northwest Russia. Image: ESA (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).
    ESA and OHB Sweden sign contract for prototype satellite to gather Arctic weather data Tue Mar 30 2021
    The Arctic is warming at a faster pace than any other region on the planet. The dramatic effects that come with this increase in Arctic temperature have a detrimental impact on the global environment. Drastic sea ice loss in the Arctic, for example, has been linked to natural hazards all over the world. In order to fill the existent information gap on Arctic weather, the European Space Agency (...
  • Space4Youth Competition Winners 2019 and 2020. Image: UNOOSA.
    Space4Youth Competition 2021 launched Thu Mar 25 2021
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) have launched the third edition of their Space4Youth competition. Under the title Youth4Climate, this year's focus is on climate mitigation and adaptation. In order to participate, students and young professionals from any Member State of the United Nations are invited to submit an essay on...
  • Agricultural drought in Ethiopia. Image: WFP/Stephanie Savariaud
    ASIS tool by FAO helps monitor agricultural droughts and manage their risks at country level using EO data Mon Mar 22 2021
    In recent years, droughts have been impacting several regions of the world on a more frequent and severe basis. The long-lasting effects of such droughts are taking a toll on farmers and their livelihoods, forcing some of them to seek alternate sources of income through migration to cities in their countries and in other countries in extreme cases. The World Meteorological Organization identifies...
  • Sign warning of volcanic activity in Ecuador. Image: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
    Multi-risk information system initiated under the coordination of DLR to continue disaster risk management support in South America Wed Mar 17 2021
    The use of multi-risk information systems is crucial in confronting the increasing risks posed by natural hazards. In some cases, risk is increasing due to inadequate land-use norms or regulations that allow for the construction of infrastructure in areas exposed to such natural hazards. In other cases, vulnerability increases due to lack of awareness or extreme poverty.  The need to address...
  • Forest fires in the Amazon. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.
    Latin American partners successfully complete virtual training course on forest fire management Mon Mar 15 2021
    Recent advances in the implementation of open data policies such as those that facilitate access to satellite data and products of the Copernicus programme and the incorporation of cloud-based processing platforms such as Google Earth Engine are facilitating the use of Earth Observation to address challenges posed by natural hazards. In addition, complementary efforts by international networks...
  • Swiss Re and ICEYE logos with flood extent analytics visualisation in the background. Image: ICEYE.
    Swiss Re and ICEYE join efforts to improve flood modelling and support disaster management globally Mon Mar 15 2021
    The world leading insurance and reinsurance provider Swiss Re recently partnered with the commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator ICEYE to improve flood modelling and support disaster response efforts around the world. A flood is a broad term that refers to “the overflow of water from a stream channel into normally dry land in the floodplain (riverine flooding), higher-than–...
  • Volcanic eruption. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.
    NASA monitors two volcanoes in the Caribbean Wed Mar 10 2021
    Recently, two volcanoes in the Caribbean indicated increased activity: Mount Pelée on Martinique and the La Soufrière volcano on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Mount Pelée has been experiencing seismic activity and the La Soufrière volcano has been releasing gas. In light of this increased activity and the risk that a potential volcanic eruption poses to the environment and human life, a...
  • Earth from Space. Image: ESA.
    ESA picks next Earth Explorer mission: Harmony Fri Mar 5 2021
    The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to further develop the understanding of our planet. For this purpose, ESA chose three concepts in 2018 to compete for the next Earth Explorer mission. The decision was made last week to move on to the next development stage with Harmony, one of the three concepts. Harmony would provide new and important information on the Earth’s systems for scientific...
  • Crops in Kenya. Image: RCMRD.
    SERVIR programme in Kenya provides EO data to help financial aid reach farmers more efficiently Wed Mar 3 2021
    A variety of environmental and man-made factors can have a detrimental effect on the yield of farmers worldwide. A programme launched in Kenya, funded by SERVIR in collaboration with NASA Harvest and the Swiss Re Foundation, uses Earth observation (EO) data to assess crop damage and prioritise the mobilisation of financial aid to farmers. SERVIR is a joint initiative by the U.S. Agency for...
  • Logo of CGI. Image: CGI.
    ESA and CGI sign contract to improve wildfire risk management using EO and AI data Fri Feb 26 2021
    The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to improve its capabilities to track the effects of wildfires. For this purpose, ESA recently offered a contract to the IT and business consulting firm CGI in order to create a new mapping service for wildfires. This mapping service will blend Earth observation (EO) and Artificial intelligence (AI) data to improve wildfire risk management globally. A wildfire...
  • Cover of The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2021 report. Image: UN OCHA.
    The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2021 report highlights the state of the humanitarian data ecosystem and identifies gaps in data availability Wed Feb 24 2021
    A new report outlines the availability of data in humanitarian settings around the world. The 2021 edition of “The State of Open Humanitarian Data”, recently published by the Centre for Humanitarian Data of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), explores the state of the humanitarian data ecosystem and identifies gaps in data availability. Humanitarian data...
  • Cover of the JRC Atlas of the Human Planet 2020 report. Image: Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.
    Atlas of the Human Planet 2020 report highlights impact of GHSL data on disaster risk management Thu Feb 18 2021
    A new report outlines the impact of Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) data on various policy areas. The 2020 edition of the “Atlas of the Human Planet”, recently published and launched virtually by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission as a deliverable to the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Human Planet Initiative, explores the impact of GHSL data on various policy areas...
  • Forest fires. Image: ESA
    Scientists are using radar data to decipher where and how well landscapes recover after major fires Fri Feb 12 2021
    In recent years, the world witnessed many devastating wildfires with disastrous impacts on the environment as well as on its population. In the past satellite- and airplane-based radar instruments have been used to detect wildfires and observe their temporal progression and the damage caused. A new scientific project supported by the Earth Applied Sciences Disasters programme at NASA uses radar...
  • The new adaptationcommunity.net logo. Image: adaptationcommunity.net.
    Adaptationcommunity.net releases overhauled website Fri Feb 12 2021
    A knowledge platform for adaptation action on climate change recently updated the information, layout and logo of their website. With this step, adaptationcommunity.net aims to improve the user experience of the online platform and consequently facilitate the access to a wide variety of resources on climate change adaptation action, including tools working with Earth observation data. Adaptation...
  • Temperature Anomalies in 2020. Image: NASA
    2020 ties for warmest year on record, new report shows Wed Feb 3 2021
    At 1.02 degrees Celsius higher than the 1951–1980 mean, Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 was – tied with that in 2016 – the warmest on record. This finding of a recent report by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) underlines the planet’s long-term warming trend as one of the most significant effects of climate change. “The last seven years have been the...
  • The Anticipation Hub logo. Image: Anticipation Hub.
    Disasters programme at NASA partakes in Anticipation Hub Tue Feb 2 2021
    The Disasters programme unit at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently joined a newly launched online platform aimed at placing anticipatory action on the humanitarian agenda. NASA’s involvement in the Anticipation Hub and the subsequent incorporation of Earth observation (EO) tools, serves to improve the capabilities of anticipatory action globally and demonstrates the...
  • Cover of the WEF/DE Africa Report. Image: World Economic Forum.
    WEF/DE Africa report highlights economic potential of Earth observation data for Africa Mon Feb 1 2021
    A new report outlines the economic potential of Earth observation (EO) data for the African continent. The report "Unlocking the potential of Earth observation to address Africa’s critical challenges”, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in collaboration with Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) on January 15, explores the prospective financial impact of DE Africa on the African economy. The...
  • Cover of the Compendium of EO contributions to the SDG Targets and Indicators . Image: ESA
    New Compendium highlights contributions of Earth observation to reaching the SDGs Wed Jan 27 2021
    A new publication highlights the contributions of Earth observation (EO) for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Compendium of EO contributions to the SDG Targets and Indicators was produced by the ESA-funded EO for SDGs project, in close cooperation with the GEO EO4SDG initiative and the CEOS Ad-Hoc Team on SDGs. It provides an in-depth overview on how satellite observations...

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