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  • China to host new international disaster research programme Wed Nov 18 2009
    China will host the office of the new international programme, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR). The International Programme Office for IRDR will be established in Beijing at the Headquarters of the Center for Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE)—the first time an international office of this type has been hosted in Asia. ICSU, along with the other IRDR co-sponsors—the...
  • UN-SPIDER mission to Kenya and Uganda Thu Nov 12 2009
    11 November 2009 - UN-SPIDER visited Kenya and Uganda from 21 to 30 October 2009 to attend the GEOSS workshop and the AfricaGIS 2009 conference, as well as to establish a network between UN-SPIDER, UN-agencies and Government offices in Kenya.UN-SPIDER presented their activities in Africa to the Kenya Humanitarian Forum, which generating greater awareness among the over 45 UN and Government...
  • Two new ESA satellites successfully lofted into orbit Tue Nov 3 2009
    2 November 2009 - The second satellite in ESA’s Earth Explorer series – the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission – and the second demonstration satellite under ESA’s Project for Onboard Autonomy (Proba-2) were launched into orbit last night from northern Russia. SMOS will play a key role in the monitoring of climate change on a global scale. It is the first ever satellite designed both...
  • International Day for Disaster Reduction Wed Oct 28 2009
      On October 14, 2009, the International Day for Disaster Reduction was used to illustrate the role of UN-SPIDER in a concrete case, namely the recent Tropical Cyclone on the Philippines. At the VIC Rotunda in Vienna, a presentation was given on the particular example. After a welcome address by Niklas Hedman (Chief Committee Services and Research Section, Office for Outer Space Affairs) and...
  • The Third International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop - Opening ceremony with Government representatives Thu Oct 22 2009
      The Third International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop – From Concepts to Application Opening ceremony with Government representatives This year’s UN-SPIDER Workshop focuses on the implementation of concepts into actual applications and projects. Climate Change and desertification pose special challenges to the disaster management community and will receive particular attention during the workshop. On...
  • DigitalGlobe Unveils First WorldView-2 Images Thu Oct 22 2009
    October 20, 2009 – DigitalGlobe, a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution world-imagery products and services for defense and intelligence, civil government, and commercial customers, today released the first images from WorldView-2, the company’s most recent high-resolution, remote-sensing satellite. Initial images, issued after just 11 days on orbit, captured Love Field Airport...
  • UN-SPIDER accomplishes first TAM to Latin America in Ecuador Tue Oct 20 2009
    UN-SPIDER successfully conducted its Technical Advisory Mission to Ecuador between 29 Sept and 08 October of this year. The mission was conducted with the support of experts from INPE of Brazil, and CONAE of Argentina, and with two staff members from UN-SPIDER. The mission was coordinated at the national level with the National Secretariat for Risk Management, the Pro-Tempore Secretariat of the V...
  • UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop in Ecuador a great success Tue Oct 20 2009
    UN-SPIDER conducted its regional workshop “Aplicaciones Espaciales en la Gestión para la Reducción del Riesgo y para la Respuesta en caso de Desastres” in Quito, Ecuador, between 29 September and 2 October of this year with the presence of more than 60 participants from 17 countries. The event benefitted considerably from the support provided by different agencies of the Governments of Spain and...
  • Astrium Inks Two-Satellite Deal with Kazakhstan Tue Oct 13 2009
    PARIS — Space hardware and services supplier Astrium, furthering its partnership with the government of Kazakhstan, will build and launch two Earth observation satellites, and provide a satellite integration and test center in Kazakhstan, in a contract valued at 230 million euros ($336 million) and concluded Oct. 6 during a state visit to Kazakhstan by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Astrium...
  • Satellite data instrumental in combating desertification Tue Oct 13 2009
    With land degradation in dryland regions continuing to worsen, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification has agreed on scientist-recommended indicators for monitoring and assessing desertification that signatory countries must report on. The landmark agreement was reached after two weeks of negotiations involving hundreds of scientists and government ministers attending the Ninth Session of the...
  • Philippines appeals for flood aid Tue Sep 29 2009
    Forecasters warning of new storm as rescuers struggle to cope with worst floods in decades.
  • Philippine Flood Kills at Least 106 Tue Sep 29 2009
    The number of dead and missing from Tropical Storm Ketsana has climbed to at least 106 people. The storm set off the worst flooding in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces in decades.
  • SumbandilaSat launched successfully Wed Sep 23 2009
    South Africa: SumbandilaSat was successfully launched on 17 September at 17:55:09 CAT (Central African Time) after the launch had to be postponed twice, once due to heavy winds and the second attempt due to the fuel pressure in the feed line which was four times too low and thus caused the fueling process to take too long to be completed in time for launch. The satellite was released from the...
  • UN-SPIDER further strengthens its role in the Asia Pacific region Tue Sep 15 2009
    UN-SPIDER was invited recently to participate and contribute to two major meetings in the Asia Pacific region: The first meeting was the 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia Step 2 which brought together over 100 participants from 44 organisations from 18 countries, including new members from Central Asia and which was held in Bali, Indonesia from 15th to 17th July. Then the following...
  • UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting in Central Asia Tue Sep 15 2009
    As a side-event to GISCA’09 UN-SPIDER co-organised the “UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting – Managing Disasters Using Space-based Information in Central Asia” in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on the 26th August. The meeting brought together 25 experts from both the geospatial community and the disaster management community, drawn from international and regional organisations, government institutions, academic...
  • SERVIR update on recent extreme events in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean Tue Sep 15 2009
    SERVIR—Spanish for “To Serve”—is a Regional Visualization and Monitoring System that integrates earth observations (e.g. satellite imagery) and forecast models together with in situ data and knowledge for timely decision- making to benefit society. SERVIR is a platform for collaboration and cross-agency coordination, international partnerships, delivery services and applications, supporting not...
  • ReliefWeb: World Requirements for Emergency Response (2005-2008) Wed Sep 23 2009
    A new reliefweb product shows the relative scale of major emergencies since 2005 based on funding requirements for humanitarian response. Another illustration shows requirements for supporting most-affected people in major crises from January to August 2009. For more information >> ReliefWeb  
  • Technical Expert Meeting in Bonn Tue Sep 15 2009
    UN-SPIDER hosted a Technical Expert Meeting in Bonn, Germany, to further develop the “Namibian SensorWeb Pilot project on integrated flood management and water- and vector-borne disease modelling’. This meeting brought together about thirty persons, among them a delegation from the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture Water and Forestry (MAWF) in Namibia, representatives from the...
  • Free web mapping APIs for non-profit Thu Sep 3 2009
    ESRI announces that its popular Web mapping APIs (Javascript, Flex and Silverlight) are available at no cost to users who are building non-commercial applications. Until now only available to licensed users, UN agencies, NGOs, and educational institutions now can take advantage of fast, high-quality mapping applications built on top of ArcGIS Server for no additional cost. For further information...
  • Ground receiving station to monitor disaster Thu Sep 3 2009
    Bidding for the construction of two ground receiver stations will be opened soon by Kamal Ewida Earth Observatory, quoted Mail & Guardian. Kamal Ewida Earth Observatory, currently seeking a site in Egypt, is a joint project by South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Egypt's National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences. The project will enable the...
  • PacRICS and disaster management Thu Aug 27 2009
    The Government of Tonga has commissioned a dedicated PacRICS (Pacific Rural Internet Connectivity System) system to handle communications for the investigation and search and rescue effort. PacRICS is the SPC/Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) project designed to provide affordable Internet connections to rural and remote villages using a VSAT (very small aperture terminal)...

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