UN-SPIDER Updates February 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the February 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates and would like to make you aware of an upcoming event and two opportunities organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) that might be of interest to you.

From 24 to 27 April, UNOOSA and the China National Space Administration (CNSA) are organizing the United Nations/China Forum on Space Solutions in Changsha, China. Applications for self-funded participants are open until 14 April 2019. Details are available on the UNOOSA website.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has teamed up with the Space Generation Advisory Council to launch the Space for Youth Competition. If you're under 35 and passionate about space, make to submit your contribution to the competition until 22 March 2019. Details are available on the UNOOSA website.

The Drop Tower Experiment Series is a fellowship programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Center of Applied Space Technology and Microgravity (ZARM) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in which students can learn and study microgravity science by performing experiments in a drop tower. Applications for the 6th cycle close on 31 March 2019. Details are available on the UNOOSA website.

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

News

DLR Humanitarian Tech Days. Image: DLR.
11/02/2019

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, attended the DLR (German Aerospace Center) Humanitarian Technology Days on 6 and 7 February at the DLR Earth... Read more

News from our Regional Support Offices

News

View of the Himalayan mountain chain from a Nepal basecamp.
22/02/2019

The Hindu Kush Himalayan Monitoring and Assessment Programme (HIMAP), under the coordination of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), has recently brought together the collective knowledge of over 300 leading researchers, experts and policymakers to develop the first comprehensive assessment of the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region. The report aims to... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
News from the community

News

This Envisat image highlights the lower Niger River system in the West African country of Nigeria, where the Niger River (left) and the Benue River merge. Image: ESA
27/02/2019

The Edo State Polytechnic, Usen, has concluded preparations to unveil the Centre for Geospatial Information Science (CGIS), a research and teaching unit that will utilize computer software and tools such as geographic information systems among others, to gather information for use in mining, agriculture, urban planning and health care.

CGIS will provide training and consulting services in the area of... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: Nigeria Regional Support Office
Air photo of the Mud Creek landslide, taken on May 27, 2017.
20/02/2019

While several studies have already highlighted how global warming and its consequences are predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of geohazards such as landslides, the relation between ongoing climate shifts and landslide behaviour is still difficult to... Read more

Sentinel-2 image shows burnscars near Cape Town, South Africa. The false-colour image shows burnt areas in dark greys and browns, and areas covered with vegetation in red.Image: ESA/ CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.
18/02/2019

Using imagery of the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite, researchers from Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany have discovered that more areas in Sub-Saharan Africa are affected by wildfire than previously estimated. In their open-access paper, published in the journal Remote Sensing of Environment, the researchers delineate how they created the first detailed continental map of burnt areas caused by wildfires for... Read more

Satellite(s) and sensor(s) used: Sentinel-2A, Sentinel-2B
Screenshot of ORNL DAAC Soil Moisture Visualizer.
18/02/2019

An integrated data platform has been created to bring together a wide variety of... Read more

Regional Support Offices involved: Nigeria Regional Support Office

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: 

Friday, March 8, 2019
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