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  • Malaria in peripheral blood.Image: Ed Uthman/Flickr/CC-BY-2.0.
    Researchers test new model for predicting disease outbreak based on space data Thu Jan 18 2018
    In May 2017, a team of scientists from West Virginia University used satellites to monitor temperatures, water storage, precipitation and land in order to predict a cholera outbreak in Yemen. After processing the satellite data in algorithms, the team was able to come up with a prediction model and ultimately to identify the particular areas that were most at risk for an outbreak several weeks...
  • North Carolina flood inundation maps highlight role of 3D elevation data in disaster management Thu Jan 18 2018
    When natural hazards, such as hurricanes and rainstorms, approach a specific area, high-resolution elevation mapping data can help assess and mitigate likely damage. In order to support geospatial data collection, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) launched the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to systematically collect enhanced elevation data in the form of high-quality light detection and...
  • The Kobe-Awaji-Naruto expressway at Naruto, Tokushima prefecture, Japan.
    Japan plans to provide disaster information through car navigation via satellite Fri Jan 12 2018
    The government of Japan plans to provide drivers with disaster information straight to their cars by making use of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The proposed software aims to improve the country’s disaster preparedness such as in the case of similar events to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The proposed system utilizes Michibiki satellites and has an advantage...
  • The rising waters of the Rhine river in Bonn. Image: UN-SPIDER.
    Tracking rising waters in the Rhine river Fri Jan 12 2018
    The UN-SPIDER team has utilised radar imagery to track high levels in the Rhine river near Cologne and Dusseldorf between 6 and 8 January 2018. A combination of heavy rainfall, stormy weather and warmer temperatures than usual led to rising levels in the Rhine River. By using the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practice on flood mapping and Sentinel-1 data from 6-8 January the team developed maps...
  • Applications open for programme offering opportunity to deploy cube satellites from ISS Wed Jan 10 2018
    The application period for the third round of the United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on CubeSat Deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo), “KiboCUBE”, is now open and will close on 31 March. KiboCUBE aims to provide educational or research institutions from developing countries that are United Nations Member States opportunities to deploy,...
  • Tropical Cyclone Dineo 14 February 2017. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.
    Global Humanitarian Technology Conference proceedings consider the role of satellite data for humanitarian action Fri Jan 5 2018
    Space-based information Launched in 2010, the Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) is the flagship conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which focuses on innovation, deployment, and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development. The proceedings of the 7th edition of the conference, which took place in October 2017 in...
  • A new information system for disaster management in the Andean region supports risk analysis Wed Jan 3 2018
    The RIESGOS project (Spanish for “risks”) is an initiative from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and other project partners to develop a multi-risk information system. The purpose of this project is to improve the information base for natural disaster management and develop strategies to avoid or mitigate risks. This will improve the understanding of...
  • United Arab Emirates becomes official member of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters Wed Dec 20 2017
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become a member of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters". The country will be represented in the context of the International Charter by the United Arab Emirates Space Agency, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). The International Charter aims at providing a...
  • UN-SPIDER jointly organizes regional workshop and training course on drought preparedness Thu Dec 14 2017
    UN-SPIDER has jointly organized a regional workshop and training course on building drought resilience together with the Geo Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the ASEAN Research and Training Center for Space Technology and Applications (ARTSA), the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE). The...
  • Flood Early Warning and Early Action System (FEWEAS) mobile app helps predict flooding Thu Dec 14 2017
    A new mobile phone application provides early warning and early action information related to the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia. FEWEAS Citarum can be downloaded for free on Android and iOS phones and is expected to help the authorities with the mitigation and disaster risk reduction around the area of the Citarum River Basin in Indonesia. The app is an initiative of the Bandung Institute of...
  • Air quality monitoring for Copernicus. Image: ESA/ATG medialab.
    Agreement on new international Space Climate Observatory Thu Jan 4 2018
    On 12 December, two years after the adoption of the landmark Paris Agreement, participants gathered in France to discuss new actions on climate change at the One Planet Summit. The main goals of the event, which was hosted by the Centre nationale d’études spatiales (CNES), the French space agency, were to identify and implement tangible solutions to combat climate change and to mobilise public...
  • New online remote sensing application for land cover classification and monitoring with Landsat data Tue Dec 12 2017
    REMAP app is an open-access online application for land cover classification and monitoring. The application is aiming to extend the ability of volunteers, managers, and scientists to assess the extent of land cover changes and implement actions to help the conservation of natural environments around the world under the IUCN Red list of ecosystems. The app utilizes geospatial data and analysis...
  • One of the first images from the Copernicus Sentinel-5P mission shows nitrogen dioxide over Europe. Image: ESA.
    Sentinel-5P delivers its first images of air pollution Wed Dec 6 2017
    Sentinel-5P is the latest satellite mission of the European Earth observation programme, Copernicus. The satellite was launched on 13 October to monitor the atmosphere and map gases and particles that pollute the air. Less than two months after its launch, the Sentinel-5P has already delivered its first images of air pollution thus marking an important milestone both for the mission and for...
  • High-altitude pseudo-satellites.
    ESA investigates the potential of High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) Fri Dec 1 2017
    The European Space Agency is currently conducting a more in-depth examination into the concept of High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and their potential for emergency response. HAPS are aircraft which are flying or floating at around 20 km altitude for very long duration flights up to several months or even years. Flying at a similar altitude as conventional aircraft but operating more like...
  • Tracking the Sulfur Dioxide from Mount Agung. Image: NASA.
    InAWARE technology provides assistance for Mount Agung eruption Thu Nov 30 2017
    Authorities in Bali, Indonesia have ordered residents living near the Mount Agung volcano to evacuate the area amidst warnings from emergency agencies of a potential major eruption. Indonesia’s advanced hazard early warning and monitoring system, InAWARE, has helped officials anticipate impacts to populated areas and develop evacuation and response plans. However, for the most part, clear...
  • United Nations/Germany International Conference on International Cooperation Towards Low-Emission and Resilient Societies held in Bonn Wed Nov 22 2017
    More than 100 experts and participants from over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, among them high-level representatives of the United Nations, are convening in Bonn this week to consider how space technology can help make societies more environmentally-friendly and more resilient to challenges such as disasters and climate change. The United Nations/Germany International...
  • Study: Integration of in situ and space-based data key for monitoring coastal zone changes Thu Nov 9 2017
    A new study highlights the need to complement existing in situ observing systems for monitoring coastal zone changes by observations from space. The authors argue that this will lead to an improved understanding of the coastal systems that remain poorly known and mostly unsurveyed on a global scale and to a better provision of useful information to decision-makers in the case of natural hazards...
  • UNOOSA co-publishes guidelines for disaster emergency response in ASEAN countries Thu Nov 9 2017
    The handbook "Sharing Space-based Information: Procedural Guidelines for Disaster Emergency Response in ASEAN Countries" provides procedural guidelines for sharing space-based information during emergency response and aims to support disaster managers become familiar with the systematic approach necessary for using satellite-derived and geospatial information applications. The United Nations...
  • UNOOSA co-organized a workshop on human capacity-building in space science and technology for sustainable social and economic development Mon Nov 6 2017
    The United Nations/Russian Federation Workshop on "Human Capacity-Building in Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Social and Economic Development", which took place in Samara, Russian Federation from October 30 to November 2, aimed to address the role of human capacity building for using space science, technology and its applications in support of sustainable development, with a...
  • International Charter Space and Major Disasters publishes annual report Mon Nov 6 2017
    The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" has published its annual report. The document describes the Charter’s manifold activities in the year 2016. It focuses primarily on the 36 activations of the Charter throughout the reporting period for disasters such as the Ecuador earthquake on April 16 and Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean and the USA in October. The International Charter...
  • International Training Course on Integration of Multisource Earth Observation Data for Disaster Damage Assessment Thu Nov 2 2017
    The International Training Course on Integration of Multisource Earth Observation Data for Disaster Damage Assessment was successfully organized from 25 to 31 October in Beijing, China. The training programme was conducted back to back with the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - “Building Resilience through Integrated Applications”...

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