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... Read more

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... 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... Read more

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... 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.... 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... 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
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
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
5th World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) 2020

Government of National Capital Territory (GNCT) of Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi and Disaster Management Initiatives and Convergence Society (DMICS) Hyderabad

New Delhi India 09/12/2020 to 12/12/2020
2020 Understanding Risk Forum

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) 

Singapore Singapore 30/11/2020 to 04/12/2020
United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - "Lessons learned during the unprecedented pandemic situation"

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs through its UN-SPIDER programme.

24/11/2020 to 25/11/2020
Pacific GIS/RS User Conference

Pacific GIS and Remote Sensing Council (PGRSC)

Port Vila Vanuatu 23/11/2020 to 26/11/2020
ActInSpace

French Space Agency (CNES)

13/11/2020 to 14/11/2020

Issue Date: 

Sunday, January 6, 2019
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