UN-SPIDER Updates December 2020

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We're glad to share with you the December 2020 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

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UN-SPIDER at a glance

The Niger Delta. Image: ESA.

In recent decades, communities in Nigeria have experienced disasters triggered by floods, droughts, landslides, coastal erosion, oil spills, and other natural and technological hazards that have eroded hard-won development gains. Taking note of... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Nigeria Regional Support Office
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Forest fires in the Amazon. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.

Recent advances in the implementation of open data policies such as those that facilitate access to satellite data and products of the Copernicus programme and the incorporation of cloud-based processing platforms such as Google Earth Engine are... Read more

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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States Government (NASA) signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 17 December 2020 pledging cooperation... Read more

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In recent years, various regions of the world have been experiencing severe forest fires which, in some cases, are triggering major losses. The Mario Gulich Institute on High Level Studies on Outer Space, the Latin American Network on Remote... Read more

News from our Regional Support Offices

Official Logo of the Algerian Space Agency. Image: ASAL.

In recent years, the frequency and severity of natural hazards has increased dramatically. This development has escalated the risk of disasters and their devastating impact on the environment and communities around the world. Earth observation (... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Algeria Regional Support Office

News from the community

JAXA logo. Image: JAXA.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) partnered with NTT DATA Corporation, a leading digital business and IT services provider, to conduct research on space-borne LIDAR to improve 3D mapping. The research aims to “solve the technical... Read more

Fires in the Amazon as seen from Space. Image: ESA/NASA–L. Parmitano.

Increasing in frequency and severity, wildfires have had a devastating impact in several areas around the world in recent years. The effects of wildfires pose a particular risk to the environment and communities in the Latin America and Caribbean... Read more

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Arctic Northwest Russia. Image: ESA (CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO).

The Arctic is warming at a faster pace than any other region on the planet. The dramatic effects that come with this increase in Arctic temperature have a detrimental impact on the global environment. Drastic sea ice loss in the Arctic, for... Read more

Space4Youth Competition Winners 2019 and 2020. Image: UNOOSA.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) have launched the third edition of their Space4Youth competition. Under the title Youth4Climate, this year's focus is on climate... Read more

Agricultural drought in Ethiopia. Image: WFP/Stephanie Savariaud

In recent years, droughts have been impacting several regions of the world on a more frequent and severe basis. The long-lasting effects of such droughts are taking a toll on farmers and their livelihoods, forcing some of them to seek alternate... Read more

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Sign warning of volcanic activity in Ecuador. Image: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).

The use of multi-risk information systems is crucial in confronting the increasing risks posed by natural hazards. In some cases, risk is increasing due to inadequate land-use norms or regulations that allow for the construction of infrastructure... Read more

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Swiss Re and ICEYE logos with flood extent analytics visualisation in the background. Image: ICEYE.

The world leading insurance and reinsurance provider Swiss Re recently partnered with the commercial synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite operator ICEYE to improve flood modelling and support disaster response efforts around the world.

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Volcanic eruption. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.

Recently, two volcanoes in the Caribbean indicated increased activity: Mount Pelée on Martinique and the La Soufrière volcano on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Mount Pelée has been experiencing seismic activity and the La Soufrière volcano has... Read more

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Earth from Space. Image: ESA.

The European Space Agency (ESA) wants to further develop the understanding of our planet. For this purpose, ESA chose three concepts in 2018 to compete for the next Earth Explorer mission. The decision was made last week to move on to the next... Read more

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Crops in Kenya. Image: RCMRD.

A variety of environmental and man-made factors can have a detrimental effect on the yield of farmers worldwide. A programme launched in Kenya, funded by SERVIR in collaboration with NASA Harvest and the Swiss Re Foundation, uses Earth... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
Logo of CGI. Image: CGI.

The European Space Agency (ESA) plans to improve its capabilities to track the effects of wildfires. For this purpose, ESA recently offered a contract to the IT and business consulting firm CGI in order to create a new mapping service for... Read more

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Cover of The State of Open Humanitarian Data 2021 report. Image: UN OCHA.

A new report outlines the availability of data in humanitarian settings around the world. The 2021 edition of “The State of Open Humanitarian Data”, recently published by the Centre for Humanitarian Data of the United Nations Office for the... Read more

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Cover of the JRC Atlas of the Human Planet 2020 report. Image: Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.

A new report outlines the impact of Global Human Settlement Layer (GHSL) data on various policy areas. The 2020 edition of the “Atlas of the Human Planet”, recently published and launched virtually by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the... Read more

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Forest fires. Image: ESA

In recent years, the world witnessed many devastating wildfires with disastrous impacts on the environment as well as on its population. In the past satellite- and airplane-based radar instruments have been used to detect wildfires and observe... Read more

The new adaptationcommunity.net logo. Image: adaptationcommunity.net.

A knowledge platform for adaptation action on climate change recently updated the information, layout and logo of their website. With this step, adaptationcommunity.net aims to improve the user experience of the online platform and consequently... Read more

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Temperature Anomalies in 2020. Image: NASA

At 1.02 degrees Celsius higher than the 1951–1980 mean, Earth’s global average surface temperature in 2020 was – tied with that in 2016 – the warmest on record. This finding of a recent report by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration... Read more

The Anticipation Hub logo. Image: Anticipation Hub.

The Disasters programme unit at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) recently joined a newly launched online platform aimed at placing anticipatory action on the humanitarian agenda. NASA’s involvement in the Anticipation Hub... Read more

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Cover of the WEF/DE Africa Report. Image: World Economic Forum.

A new report outlines the economic potential of Earth observation (EO) data for the African continent. The report "Unlocking the potential of Earth observation to address Africa’s critical challenges”, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF)... Read more

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Cover of the Compendium of EO contributions to the SDG Targets and Indicators . Image: ESA

A new publication highlights the contributions of Earth observation (EO) for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Compendium of EO contributions to the SDG Targets and Indicators was produced by the ESA-funded EO for SDGs... Read more

Data. Image: EUMETSAT

Having access to precise geographical data and the ability to analyze them easily is essential for effective disaster and risk management. EUMETSAT delivers meteorological, climate and ocean data as well as analytical tools to all registered... Read more

Elevation in Western China. Image: ESA

Three-dimensional (3D) representations of the Earth’s surface are essential for mapping and assessing disaster risks as well as for preparing, responding to, and preventing disasters. A Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is a pixel-based modeled... Read more

Snapshot of the SIRIS platform in action. Image: Mexican Space Agency (AEM)

In collaboration with the National Commission for Space Activities (CONAE) of Argentina, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) recently launched a digital platform to improve the integration of satellite data for environmental monitoring in Latin... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Argentina Regional Support Office, Mexico Regional Support Office
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The signing ceremony of the ROSE-L mission. Image: European Space Agency.

The European Commission plans to rapidly expand its environmental monitoring programme Copernicus. For this purpose, the European Space Agency (ESA) recently pledged 2.55 billion Euros towards contracts to advance the... Read more

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Official Logo of NICFI. Image: NICFI.

A new programme aims to prevent and countermand the loss of tropical forests by facilitating the global availability of high-resolution satellite imagery. Launched by Norway’s Ministry of Climate and Environment in... Read more

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Monday, January 4, 2021
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