UN-SPIDER Updates August 2019

Dear readers,

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

We would like to make use of this occasion to remind you that self-funded applicants can apply until 18 October to participate in our UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships”. The event will take place 6-8 November 2019. The deadline to apply for those seeking funding has elapsed on 30 August.

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

UN-SPIDER mission team at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI).

Timely and reliable information about precipitation, soil moisture and vegetation health provide essential insights for early detection of drought. Space-based information, which helps monitor these parameters, is a central data source for... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Germany Regional Support Office
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News from the community

Cover of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019.

A new report warns that the Asia-Pacific region is not sufficiently prepared for a new climate reality marked by an intensification and changing geography of disaster risks that are becoming harder to predict. The “Asia-Pacific Disaster Report... Read more

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Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. “Today the disease is endemic in 141 countries, affecting 390 million people and with a global annual cost... Read more

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A photo of Mt. Etna erupting on 30 October 2002, taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Image: NASA Earth Observatory/Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center.

“More than half of the world’s active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally,” according to GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam. Yet eruptions occur quite frequently, with up to 85 of the 1500 active volcanoes erupting each year, and can... Read more

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This map shows the ground motion during the six months following the earthquake that struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018, and was obtained by processing Copernicus Sentinel-1 images acquired between October 2018 and April 2019. Image: ESA/contains Copernicus Sentinel data (2018–19), processed by Planetek Rheticus Service.

In September 2018, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The impact, combined with the tsunami, landslides, and soil liquefaction that followed, “... claimed well over 2000 lives, destroyed homes,... Read more

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Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
Call for Papers: 2nd International Academy of Astronautics Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems

Colomb Institute

Buenos Aires Argentina 11/11/2019 to 15/11/2019 16/09/2019
Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

Ensemble Framework For Flash Flood Forecasting

02/10/2019 02/10/2019
14th Training Course on GIS for Disaster Risk Management

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)  

Bangkok Thailand 04/11/2019 to 15/11/2019 04/10/2019
UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships"

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) / UN-SPIDER and Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL), University of Bonn.

Bonn Germany 06/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 18/10/2019
Echoes in Space: Introduction to Radar Remote Sensing

ESA; EO College

16/09/2019 to 21/10/2019 21/10/2019
Disaster Risk Reduction Course (3 Day)


London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 26/11/2019 to 28/11/2019 26/10/2019
URISA 2019 Caribbean GIS Conference

Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA)

Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago 18/11/2019 to 21/11/2019 08/11/2019
New Sensor Highlight: ECOSTRESS



20/11/2019 14/11/2019
RUS Webinar – Watching a Typhoon from Space with Sentinel-1


28/11/2019 27/11/2019
Advanced Webinar: SAR for Disasters and Hydrological Applications


03/12/2019 to 05/12/2019 05/12/2019
Copernicus & Artificial Intelligence

European Commission

Brussels Belgium 28/01/2020 28/01/2020
GEO information in disaster situations

University of Copenhagen

Copenhagen Denmark 20/04/2020 to 07/05/2020 01/02/2020
Eighth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of Environment

The Organizing Committee of the RSCy2020

Paphos Cyprus 16/03/2020 to 18/03/2020 07/02/2020
Twenty-fifth Post Graduate Course in Remote Sensing & Geographic Information System

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific

Indian Institute of Remote Sensing Indian Space Research Organization Department of Space, India 01/07/2020 to 31/03/2021 28/02/2020
Twelfth Post Graduate Diploma Course in Space and Atmospheric Science (SAS-12)

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP)

Ahmedabad India 01/08/2020 to 30/04/2021 02/03/2020
Twelfth Post Graduate Course in Satellite Meteorology and Global Climate

Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP)

Ahmedabad India 01/08/2020 to 30/04/2021 02/03/2020
Rapid Landslide Detection with Sentinel-1


31/03/2020 31/03/2020
GISTAM 2020 - 6th International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management

Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Controls and Communications

07/05/2020 to 09/05/2020 01/04/2020
Cartografía global de áreas quemadas mediante teledetección: fortalezas y limitaciones


08/04/2020 08/04/2020
Pollution monitoring over Italy with Sentinel-5P


16/04/2020 15/04/2020

Issue Date: 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
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