UN-SPIDER Updates December 2018

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the December 2018 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

Our latest Data Application of the Month discusses how differential Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Interferometry (InSAR), referred to as DInSAR, is used to map land deformation, for instance in the case of earthquakes.

Below the updates, you'll also find an events calendar with upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the community. If you're interested in training opportunities, make sure to visit our external training opportunities overview page, where you'll find links to third-party onsite as well as online courses.

Enjoy the read!

News

UN-SPIDER at a glance

In September 2018, an earthquake and tsunami hit the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, leaving thousands dead and injured. Image: European Union 2018 / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
24/12/2018

Following a tsunami that hit coastal areas around the Sunda strait between the Indonesian islands of Sumatra and Java on 22 December, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters on behalf of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia. LAPAN is a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO).

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Regional Support Offices involved: Indonesia Regional Support Office
18/12/2018

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) participated in two regional meetings organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand. The meetings discussed the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The ISDR-Asia Partnership (IAP) Forum was convened on 11-12 December 2018 at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok with the key objectives of sharing and reviewing progress in disaster risk reduction and, in particular, implementation of the Asia... Read more

UN-SPIDER lecture during the SAARC regional workshop and training.
17/12/2018

The United Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER progroamme, and the Disaster Management Centre of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC DMC) conducted a joint regional workshop and training on the “Utilization of Space-based and Geospatial Information for Achieving the Targets of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” from 4 to 8 December in Ahmedabad, India. The one-day workshop and four-day training enhanced cooperation and sharing of best practices amongst disaster management agencies and experts in the South Asia region.

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Regional Support Offices involved: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
04/12/2018

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) launched the space4water portal during the eighth edition of the PSIPW award ceremony hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The new portal will serve as a platform to gather information and strengthen partnerships related to space-based information for water accessibility.

Water scarcity has become a major concern in several countries around the world. The... Read more

News from the community

Screenshot of the Collect Earth Online tool.
17/12/2018

A new tool developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) aims to allow users to “systematically inspect” any location on Earth – from glaciers to rainforests - with satellite data. Collect Earth Online (CEO), announced on 12 December 2018, is also expected to be utilized in disaster management.

The web-based platform is free of charge, open to all and it does not require any download or installation. CEO will provide users with access to high-... Read more

Front page of the report
14/12/2018

The European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) have launched a new report consisting of 99 stories from European public authorities that showcases how they benefit from Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth observation programme.

The report intends to serve as a practical handbook exemplifying the different types of Copernicus uses as well as the processes that lead a public administration to develop and use space-based information and data.

The report presents... Read more

PSLV C43 vehicle launch India fist HysIS Image: ISRO
03/12/2018

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched the first Indian Hyperspectral Imaging Satellite (HySIS) from Sriharikota on 29 November. The satellite is expected to be used for Earth observation in applications related to agriculture, forestry, geology, assessment of coastal zones, and environmental studies. It was one out of 30 commercial satellites from eight different countries launched that day by the Indian PSLV C43 vehicle.

ISRO chairman K Sivas, in a statement released by the Times of India, said, “HysIS has a state of the art technology which will be used for... Read more

Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date
5th World Landslide Forum

International Consortium on Landslides, Global Promotion Committee of International Programme on Landslides (IPL-GPC)

Kyoto Japan 02/11/2021 to 06/11/2021
Eighth International Conference on Flood Management (ICFM8)

National Science Foundation (NSF), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

Iowa United States of America 09/08/2021 to 11/08/2021
12th Symposium on Digital Earth

International Society for Digital Earth 

Salzburg Austria 06/07/2021 to 08/07/2021
ISPRS - International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress 2021

ISPRS, Société Française de Photogrammétrie et de Télédétection

Nice France 04/07/2021 to 10/07/2021
International Plant Health Conference "Protecting Plant Health in a changing world"

FAO, International Plant Protection Convention

Helsinki Finland 28/06/2021 to 01/07/2021
7th IAA Planetary Defense Conference

International Academy of Astronautics (IAA)

26/04/2021 to 30/04/2021
Africa Space Week

African Union Commission

Nairobi Kenya 20/03/2021 to 26/03/2021
Earth Explorers for Climate - The contribution from SMOS

ESA

Cornwall United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 09/03/2021 to 11/03/2021
Mapping and Monitoring Lakes and Reservoirs with Satellite Observations

NASA ARSET

09/02/2021
Taller Gestión de Incendios Forestales Mediante el Uso de la Plataforma Google Earth Engine (GEE)

Mario Gulich Institute on High Level Studies on Outer Space, Latin American Network on Remote Sensing of Forest Fires (RedLaTIF)National Space Research Institute of Brazil (INPE)Mexico's National Biodiversity Commission (CONABIO)Argentina's National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA)Friends of Nature NGO of Bolivia (FAN)UN-SPIDER

08/02/2021 to 05/03/2021

Issue Date: 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
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