UN-SPIDER Updates April 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the April 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

Our latest Data Application of the Month provides background information about why soil erosion is relevant for disaster management and how it can be monitored from space.

Below the updates, you'll also find an events calendar with upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the community.

Enjoy the read!

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Panel at the First Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-I): Saving Lives, Reducing Losses in May 2017 in Cancun, Mexico. Image: UN DRR / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The International Network for Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (IN-MHEWS) is convening the Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II) on 13 and 14 May 2019 as a pre-event to the sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk... Read more

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Image of South Africa acquired on 19 June 2010 by ESA's Envisat satellite. Image: ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, through its UN-SPIDER programme, has activated the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" on behalf of the National Disaster Management Centre (NDC) of South Africa for the recent... Read more

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As part of the technical advisory support it provides to countries worldwide in making use of space-based information for disaster management, UN-SPIDER carries out an... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Colombia Regional Support Office, Oficina Regional de Apoyo en Colombia
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As part of it advisory support activities, UN-SPIDER is carrying out out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Peru from 1 to 5 April to evaluate the current and potential use of space-based information in all aspects of disaster... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Argentina Regional Support Office, Colombia Regional Support Office, Mexico Regional Support Office
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News from the community

Jean-Pascal Le Franc,CNES Director of Planning, International Relations and Quality and Dr Valanathan Munsami, CEO of SANSA signing the MoU

The National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) have signed an agreement that paths the way for future joint space projects between the two countries. The agreement was signed in the... Read more

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Satellite image of the Tibetan Plateau. Image: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

A study conducted by Swiss and Chinese scientists assesses the flood danger posed by glacial lakes across the Tibetan Plateau using an automated satellite survey. 

Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) are a major... Read more

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The "Flying Laptop". Image: DLR.

Optical transmission techniques are considered to be the most effective way to transmit the significant amounts of data obtained day after day from Earth observation satellites to the ground for analysis. With a small test satellite, a... Read more

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Image: Sentinel Hub

Sentinel Hub, together with the European Earth Observation programme Copernicus and the European Space Agency, are looking for new and innovative ideas and scripts for Sentinel data processing and visualization. The contest will run... Read more

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The Copernicus Sentinel-1 image combines two acquisitions over the same area of eastern Iraq, one from 14 November 2018 before heavy rains fell and one from 26 November 2018 after the storms.

On 3 April, the Sentinel-1A satellite completed five years of activity. Launched in 2014, the satellite works in coordination with Sentinel-1B, launched in 2016. For five years, they have delivered a wealth of data and imagery that are... Read more

Cover of SAR Handbook: Comprehensive Methodologies for Forest Monitoring and Biomass Estimation. Image: SERVIR GLOBAL.

SERVIR, a joint development initiative of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and SilvaCarbon, a U.S. government programme working to enhance capacity... Read more

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The Copernicus Masters 2019 competition is looking for solutions, applications and business concepts from start-ups, universities and individuals in the fields of research, business and higher education. Image: ESA & AZO.

An international competition organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) is inviting contributions until  30 June 2019. Copernicus Masters awards prizes to innovative... Read more

This cropped, false-colour image captured with Sentinel-2A on 18 November 2016, depicts northwestern China. Since the 1960s, the Tian Shan glaciers have lost a quarter of their ice mass and scientists estimate that they will shrink by half until 2050. The melting process of glaciers pose threats to communities living downstream. Image: ESA.

After completing in-orbit tests, China officially put two new Earth observation satellites into operation on 21 March. As new part of China’s High-definition Earth Observation... Read more

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This cropped image of Italy was captured by Sentinel-3A on 28 September 2016. As the colours in this image suggest, the camera can be used to monitor ocean ecosystems and vegetation on land which brings significant benefits to society through more informed decision-making. Image: ESA.

On 21 March in French Guiana, the Italian remote sensing satellite PRISMA launched aboard a Vega rocket of European launch provider Arianespace. Data from the satellite will... Read more

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View of Southern California Wildfires From the International Space Station

A new review paper presents historical background and current developments for mapping burned area from satellite Earth observation.

The authors explore the physical basis to detect burned area from satellite... Read more

Floods imaged by Copernicus Sentinel-1.

Millions of people in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe are struggling to cope with the aftermath of Cyclone Idai, which has swept through this part of southeast Africa over the last weeks, leaving devastation in its wake. It is thought... Read more

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Gas emissions at Volcán Copahue, captured on January 5, 2013 using EO-1 ALI data from the NASA EO-1 team.

To predict when a volcano will erupt, researchers rely on indirect signals. However, without long-term and ground-based observations, it is difficult to determine whether these signals are normal disturbances or indicators of a looming... Read more

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Visualization of the GPM Core Observatory satellite orbiting the planet earth.

Five years ago, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory as a joint satellite. Since then, the... Read more

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Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
Training Course on Integrated Flood Risk Management

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Bangkok Thailand 22/07/2019 to 26/07/2019 11/05/2019
ESA Phi-Week 2019

The European Space Agency (ESA) 

Frascati Italy 09/09/2019 to 13/09/2019 17/05/2019
2nd Annual SmallSat & Space Access Summit 2019

Defense Strategies Institute

Alexandria, Virginia United States of America 05/06/2019 to 06/06/2019 17/05/2019
GEO Business 2019

Diversified Communications, UK

London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 21/05/2019 to 22/05/2019 21/05/2019
Fourth Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Warsaw

University of Warsaw, Faculty of Geography and Regional Studies

Warsaw Poland 23/10/2019 to 25/10/2019 31/05/2019
EuroGEOSS Workshop 2019

 The European Commission

Lisbon Portugal 03/07/2019 to 05/07/2019 14/06/2019
Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

International Centre for Parliamentary Studies

London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 17/06/2019 to 21/06/2019 16/06/2019
4th International Conference On Dynamics Of Disasters, DOD 2019

The International Hellenic University and the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas of Thessaloniki, Greece

Kalamata Greece 01/07/2019 to 05/07/2019 20/06/2019
World soils user consultation meeting

European Space Agency (ESA)

Frascati (Rome) Italy 02/07/2019 to 03/07/2019 24/06/2019
Training Course on Disaster Risk Assessment for Risk Managers

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Bangkok Thailand 05/08/2019 to 09/08/2019 05/07/2019
Advanced Webinar: Remote Sensing for Monitoring Land Degradation and Sustainable Cities SDGs


09/07/2019 to 23/07/2019 08/07/2019
United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – "A Policy Perspective”

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China

Beijing China 11/09/2019 to 12/09/2019 15/07/2019
Visualize Risk 2019 - A disaster data and map design challenge

The Understanding Risk (UR) and GFDRR

15/05/2019 to 15/07/2019 15/07/2019
Geoinformation for Disaster Management 2019

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), International Union of Radio Service (URSI), Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU in Prague, Auletris, National Library of Technology (NTK)

Prague Czech Republic 03/09/2019 to 06/09/2019 20/07/2019
Fourth COSPAR Symposium


Herzliya Israel 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 22/07/2019
Call for Abstracts: Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Session, AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Liz Cox (UK Space Agency)
Darren Lumbroso (HR Wallingford)
Gina Tsarouchi (HR Wallingford)

San Francisco United States of America 09/12/2019 to 13/12/2019 31/07/2019
1st EMSAfrica Summer School on the Basics and Applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring


Acornhoek South Africa 23/09/2019 to 26/09/2019 31/07/2019
Introductory Webinar: Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience


06/08/2019 to 15/08/2019 06/08/2019
Monitoring Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis, Session 1/4


08/08/2019 08/08/2019
Monitoring Tropical Storms for Emergency Preparedness


08/08/2019 08/08/2019

Issue Date: 

Monday, May 6, 2019
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