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  • ESA’s TIGER II to support 20 water projects in Africa Wed Mar 24 2010
    ESA’s TIGER II initiative has selected 20 project proposals across Africa to receive support from Earth-observation technology to learn more about the water cycle and to improve water-monitoring resources. TIGER II is based on the results and achievements of its precursor TIGER I, which sought to help African countries overcome water problems and to bridge Africa's water information gap using...
  • DigitalGlobe's WorldView-2 Satellite Elevation Data Verified to Be Accurate Within 30 Centimeters Wed Mar 17 2010
    DigitalGlobe today announced that the elevation data gathered from its latest high-resolution satellite, WorldView-2, has been verified as accurate within 30 centimeters by PhotoSat based on data collected by MWH Geo-Surveys. To conduct the test, PhotoSat constructed an elevation grid using automatic geophysical processing of 50-centimeter ground resolution stereo satellite images taken by...
  • UN assisting Chile in aftermath of massive quake; including provision of satellite phones Tue Mar 2 2010
    Authorities in Chile have issued a request for supplies, including mobile bridges, satellite telephones, electric generators, water purification systems and dialysis centers. The United Nations is sending several satellite phones to Chile for officials coordinating earthquake relief efforts and is prepared to send 30 tons of food and other aid if the government gives the green light, the top U.N...
  • RapidEye Delivers Satellite Images of Chile's Damaged City of Concepción Mon Mar 1 2010
    The images cover a total area of 13,125 km² and show the most damaged area around the city of Concepción. They were taken on Saturday, February 27th, 2010 at around 11:00 a.m. local time, only a few hours after the earthquake hit the area at 3:34 a.m. in the morning local time. In order to be able to run change detection analyses, RapidEye also has images available of the very same area take a...
  • First images from ESA’s water mission Fri Feb 26 2010
    In less than four months since launch, the first calibrated images are being delivered by ESA’s SMOS mission. These images of 'brightness temperature' translate into clear information on global variations of soil moisture and ocean salinity to advance our understanding of the water cycle. Launched on 2 November, the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission is improving our understanding of...
  • ESA highlights the potential of satellite data for the European Investment Bank Fri Feb 26 2010
    The European Investment Bank has an annual lending portfolio of around 75 billion euros, operating globally in more than 130 countries. The Bank has been increasingly mainstreaming environmental considerations into its lending portfolio, boosting the need to monitor the impact of the projects it funds. As its environmental commitments have increased, so too has the demand for geospatial...
  • Space agencies of Ukraine and Germany discuss cooperation in data exchange in remote Earth-sensing Wed Feb 24 2010
    NSAU experts and specialists of space industry enterprises of Ukraine paid a working visit to German Aerospace Centre (DLR), leading research institutes and companies of the space spectrum of Germany in the framework of Twinning Space project within Feb.1 – Feb.6, 2010 in order to define further perspectives of bilateral cooperation. In course of the visit Ukrainian delegation became acquainted...
  • United Nations University and ESRI to Collaborate on GIS Research and Training Wed Feb 24 2010
    ESRI and United Nations University (UNU) recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the university’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. They will collaborate on research, create Centers of Excellence, promote the exchange of graduate students, and provide geographic information system (GIS) training opportunities within and by UNU. “This agreement will promote enhanced spatial...
  • UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop "Building upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa" 25-28 May 2010, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tue Feb 23 2010
    UN-SPIDER cordially invites you to join the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop "Building upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa" to take place from 25 to 28 May 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This workshop, which is being organised together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and supported by the Government of Austria, will be the...
  • Sri Lanka to utilize space based technology for disaster management Fri Feb 19 2010
    Sri Lanka is to hold a training workshop for the people involved in disaster management to learn how to utilize the WEB-GIS technology and space based technology to support disaster management activity. Sri Lanka will hold the 5th Sentinel Asia System Operation Training in Colombo from 22nd to 26th February 2010 with technical support from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).Sentinel...
  • UN-SPIDER appears on German ARD TV network programme covering Haiti earthquake Wed Feb 10 2010
    On 7 February 2010, UN-SPIDER appeared in the “W wie Wissen” educational programme run by the German ARD TV network. The entire show zoomed in on the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, leaving a trail of utter destruction and devastation in its wake. National governments, military and nongovernmental organizations rushed the humanitarian assistance to Port au Prince...
  • Satellite Observations Help Assess Future Earthquake Risk in Haiti Thu Feb 11 2010
    According to the new data, the earthquake rupture did not reach the surface which is unusual for an earthquake this size. More importantly, the images confirm that only the western half of the fault segment that last ruptured in 1751 actually ruptured in the current earthquake. “We’re still waiting for the other shoe to drop,” says Tim Dixon, professor of geology and geophysics at the University...
  • SpaceAid bolsters Emergency Response in Haiti Mon Feb 8 2010
    The UN-SPIDER SpaceAid framework was triggered on 12 January 2010 for the devastating earthquake of magnitude 7 that struck Haiti. The massive damage to the local infrastructure in Haiti has made satellite images and maps vital to assess damage and plan the relief work. Those images can be used by humanitarian relief workers on the ground to for example identify accessible roads and suitable...
  • Technical Advisory Mission in the Dominican Republic Thu Feb 4 2010
    4 February 2010 – From 26 to 29 January, 2010, a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) was conducted in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The goal of the mission was to assess the capacity of a variety of institutions to access and to use space-based information for disaster-risk management and emergency response and to identify institutional needs. The mission focused on four main topics: capacities...
  • UN-SPIDER mission to India Tue Feb 2 2010
    1 February 2010 - The workshop on "Space Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction" at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) of India took place from 11 to 13 January 2010. It was organized with support from UN-SPIDER. Although India is well-known for its space technology and applications, the need to assess its use in disaster management was articulated specifically by the State...
  • DLR scientists support relief workers in Haiti earthquake disaster Wed Feb 3 2010
    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...
  • UN-SPIDER SpaceAid Updates launched for Haiti Earthquake Wed Jan 13 2010
    To support the international response efforts to the major earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January, UN-SPIDER has set up a SpaceAid Updates page. This webpage provides the latest information on space-based assets to support disaster response efforts in Haiti. It can be accessed through:UN-SPIDER SpaceAid Updates - Haiti Earthquake  
  • UN OCHA Sri Lanka recently launched new Map Atlas Mon Dec 7 2009
    OCHA is the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and one of its multiple mandates is the coordination of humanitarian response, policy development and humanitarian advocacy. To accomplish this mission OCHA produces, prints and distributes a wide range of geographic and thematic maps. Nowadays, OCHA works in cooperation with the Urban Development Authority and the Survey...
  • NASA's GOES Project Offers Real-Time Hurricane Alley Movies Wed Nov 25 2009
    People love to get the big picture of hurricane alleys, and thanks to the GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., they can now get real-time satellite animations of the eastern Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Project is offering real-time HDTV movies of the east- and west-coast "hurricane alley" regions....
  • Global Monitoring for Environment and Security GMES – exploring opportunities for cooperation with the United Nations Thu Nov 19 2009
    On Thursday, November 12, 2009 the workshop “Global Monitoring for Environment and Security GMES – exploring opportunities for cooperation with the United Nations” took place at the UN-Campus in Bonn. It was organised by bridge 2GEO – European Geoinformation Network, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the City of Bonn. Its purpose was to strengthen cooperation between...
  • NASA's QuikScat and Aqua Providing Important Data on Tropical Storm Anja Thu Nov 19 2009
    Anja has continued to weaken over the last 24 hours, and NASA's QuikScat satellite has confirmed that the once mighty Category 4 Cyclone is now a tropical storm in the southern Indian Ocean. Two instruments on NASA's Aqua satellite have also helped forecasters determine Anja's location and change of shape. NASA's QuikScat satellite uses microwave technology to peer through a tropical cyclone's...

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