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  • Guatemala: UN-SPIDER present in CONVERCIENCIA 2009 Thu Aug 27 2009
    UN-SPIDER was invited by the Guatemalan Council of Science and Technology to participate in CONVERCIENCIA 2009, which forms part of a strategy to promote the development of science, technology and innovation within Guatemala. On an annual basis, Guatemalan scientists working abroad are invited to conduct outreach activities in the country, network with local scientists and practitioners, deliver...
  • JAXA and DLR initiated R&D Cooperation in Satellite Disaster Monitoring Mon Aug 24 2009
    The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) concerning Mutual cooperation for satellite disaster monitoring. In this LOI, both parties acknowledged the necessity to promote satellite application, especially Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites, as well as related applied research, and to pursue such activities...
  • GIS and Risk Reducion: The Case of Jamaica Fri Aug 21 2009
    Jamaica, based on its geographic location, topography and geology has experienced many natural hazards that oblige the government to generate new strategies to  prevent those events from becoming major disasters. Recently, to better manage the physical and human environment at the local/national level before (planning, mitigation, preparedness), during (response) and after a (recovery) disaster...
  • NASA Satellites drills down on India's Vanishing Water Thu Aug 27 2009
    Beneath northern India’s irrigated fields and densely populated cities of Jaiphur and New Delhi, the groundwater has been disappearing. Around the world, hydrologists, including Matt Rodell of NASA, have been hunting for it. Where is northern India’s underground water supply going? According to Rodell and colleagues, it is being pumped and consumed by human activities -- principally to irrigate...
  • Satellite imagery shows California forest fires Mon Aug 17 2009
    Satellite imagery from the recently launched UK-DMC2 satellite shows forest fires in the Los Padres National Forest east of Santa Maria at 11:10 local time on the 12th August. The image was acquired by DMCii in Guildford, UK from the new UK-DMC2 earth observation satellite just 16 days after its launch into the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) on 29th July. The UK-DMC2 satellite was...
  • Asia's first urban risk reduction training and education facility opens in Republic of Korea Thu Aug 27 2009
    The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Government of the Republic of Korea are opening Asia's first ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The ISDR Education and Training Institute for Urban Risk Reduction is the first educational and research facility in Asia for disaster risk reduction...
  • Nigerian Space Agency signs MoU with Infoterra Thu Aug 27 2009
    A delegation of four executives of the Nigerian National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has recently visited INFOTERRA and signed a Memorandum of Understanding defining a roadmap for a close cooperation over the years to come. Following two optical earth observation satellites, Nigeria is now considering a radar mission. SAR data will further enable NASRDA and other satellite data...
  • DubaiSat-1 successfully launched Mon Aug 10 2009
    Engineers were celebrating the successful launch of the UAE's first government satellite last night. DubaiSat-1 took off on a Dnepr rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan last night on schedule at 10.46 UAE time. Images from DubaiSat-1 can be used for a variety of applications from urban development, scientific research, telecommunications, transportation to civil engineering and...
  • DigitalGlobe Launches Crisis Event Service Mon Aug 10 2009
    Longmont, Colorado-based DigitalGlobe (http://www.digitalglobe.com) is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Recently DigitalGlobe announced its Crisis Event Service, a new web service providing timely and accurate pre- and post-event satellite imagery to aid in emergency planning, response and recovery. The new online service is designed to...
  • NASA Image of Typhoon Morakot Mon Aug 10 2009
    Typhoon Morakot bore down on the island of Taiwan on August 7, 2009. When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 1:25 p.m. local time (5:25 UTC), the center of the storm was just beginning to reach the shoreline. Morakot was a Category 2 storm with winds of about 160 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour or 85 knots) and was...
  • Call for Proposals: GSDI Small Grants Program 2009-2010 Wed Aug 5 2009
    The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association is pleased to announce its Small Grants Program for the year 2009-10. Summary: * Awards for spatial data infrastructure or EOS-related activities in economically disadvantaged nations, * Application deadline of 1 October 2009, * 4000 words maximum, * Awards of $2500 USD in cash and/or contributed volunteer professional services for the project...
  • Planet Action: Call for Projects - Fighting the climate crisis Fri Jul 31 2009
    Planet Action provides satellite imagery, geographic information and technology support to local projects that investigate and assess climate change issues focusing on human issues, drought & desertification, water resources, forestry, biodiversity, oceans, ice, and awareness. This year, Planet Action will support additional projects while following up on current projects and their results on...
  • Cooperation countering wildfires in South Africa by testing ICT System Thu Jul 30 2009
    The Advancing Information and Communication Technology for Disaster risk management in Africa (AÏDA) project aims at sharing knowledge about affordable ICT solutions in support of DRM in Africa. In the framework of this project, the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) is disseminating a series of products to mitigate the effects of the fire season...
  • eurisy Workshop, 19-20 November 2009, Athens, Greece - First Announcement Thu Jul 30 2009
    "eurisy" is announcing a workshop for Local and regional authorities using satellite services to understand, mitigate and adapt to climate change on 19-20 November 2009, Athens, Greece Satellites have had a unique and substantial contribution to identifying and recognising climate change. Today, they offer unrivalled, innovative tools for climate change mitigation and adaptation on a local level....
  • Successful UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Togo Thu Jul 30 2009
    From 13 to 17 July 2009, UN-SPIDER conducted a technical advisory mission to Togo upon the official request of the Togolese Government to assess the existing use of space-based technology and information for disaster management and emergency response in the country. Following Burkina Faso, Ghana and Namibia this was the fourth UN-SPIDER advisory mission to Africa. The mission was successful in...
  • Monsoon Brings Below-Average Rain to Much of India, Bangladesh Wed Jul 29 2009
    Image shows anomalies in rainfall between July 14 and July 20, 2009. Most of India and Bangladesh are brown, showing that less rain fell than average during the week. One of India’s primary crop areas is in the north, where less rain has fallen. According to BBC News, Bangladesh had received 40 percent less monsoon rain than normal by July 20, triggering fears of food shortages. (Source NASA)...
  • GI4DM 2010 CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 2-4, 2010, TORINO, ITALY, Announcement and Call for Papers Thu Jul 30 2009
    Conference Theme: Remote Sensing And Geo-Information For Environmental Emergencies Geomatics technologies are able to support management and recovery in the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters. However, disaster management also poses big challenges in all aspects of the geo-information cycle, from data acquisition, processing, management and delivery. For the sixth time, the International...
  • UAE anticipates lift-off for first satellite Fri Jul 24 2009
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will launch its first earth-observation satellite this month (July) with the aim of aiding numerous development goals. EIAST plans to use the satellite to boost research in four areas: fog forecasting, sandstorm prediction, monitoring water in the Gulf and improving the clarity of received satellite pictures. It also hopes that DubaiSat-1 will help detect and...
  • SSTL announce revised launch date for UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1 Fri Jul 24 2009
    Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd’s latest two missions, UK-DMC2 and Deimos-1, will be launched on Wednesday, 29th July 2009 at 18:46 UTC, 19:46 BST. The satellites have completed pre-launch tests at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and have been integrated with the Dnepr space head module. DMC satellites are able to image large areas of the Earth in a short period of time, providing valuable data to...
  • Disaster-monitoring satellites to be tested simultaneously at STFC Fri Jul 24 2009
    Two spacecraft that will be used to monitor disaster areas across the world in the event of a catastrophe on the scale of the 2004 tsunami are being tested at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC’s) Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. NigeriaSat-2 and NX owned by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) will form part of the Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC)...
  • Scientists Find Tsunami 'Shadow' Visible From Space Wed Jul 22 2009
    NOAA scientists have demonstrated that tsunamis in the open ocean can change sea surface texture in a way that can be measured by satellite-borne radars. The finding could one day help save lives through improved detection and forecasting of tsunami intensity and direction at the ocean surface. The new research challenges the traditional belief that tsunamis are too subtle in the open ocean to be...

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