UN-SPIDER Updates January 2020

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the January 2020 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates, and would like to make you aware of our latest Recommended Practice, which explains how to map floods and assess related damage using Sentinel-1 data and Google Earth Engine. This step-by-step procedure provides a useful outline of floods, while overlaying the flood extent with land use and population information to instantly output statistics such as area of cropland and number of population within the damaged areas. It aims to be a simple and quick tool for users of any experience level to obtain an overview of a flood event.

The Recommended Practice can be accessed on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal: www.un-spider.org/advisory-support/recommended-practices/recommended-pra...

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

Participants at the 8th African Space Leadership Conference. Image: ESSTI.

As the African space sector is growing rapidly, with Ethiopia being the latest country from the region to launch its first satellite, the number of initiatives to make use of space technologies in sustainable development is increasing. In... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Algeria Regional Support Office, Nigeria Regional Support Office
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Image: UNOOSA.

In order for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Member States to be able to incorporate the routine use of space technology-based solutions, there is a need to increase awareness, build national capacity and develop... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
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News from the community

Aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique in March 2019. Image: Denis Onyodi/IFRC/DRK/Climate Centre.

A new report lists extreme weather events and major natural disasters among the top five risks in terms of likelihood over the next decade. The Global Risks Report 2020, published by the World Economic Forum, is based on a survey of 750 global... Read more

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The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), which is affiliated to the United Nations, has announced its 2020/2021 postgraduate... Read more

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A first of its kind study by researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, calculated the Value of Information (VOI) for the near real-time satellite data available during a disaster. The team used MODIS data and... Read more

Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
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 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
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
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
Introduction to Geospatial Information Technology Applications, Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Systems in West Africa


11/05/2020 to 30/06/2020 17/04/2020
Introduction to Geospatial Information Technology Applications, Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Systems in West Africa


20/04/2020 to 20/05/2020 17/04/2020
Air Quality with Sentinel 5P Training


07/05/2020 07/05/2020
Webinar Avanzado: Mapeo y Monitoreo de los Bosques con Datos SAR 12/05/2020 to 21/05/2020 12/05/2020
Advanced Webinar: Forest Mapping and Monitoring with SAR Data


12/05/2020 to 21/05/2020 12/05/2020
Webinar on Space4Health

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

14/05/2020 14/05/2020
Virtual Seminar on COVID-19: Strategies for a geospatial response in the Americas

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the United Nations initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM): Americas.

15/05/2020 15/05/2020
Using EUMETSAT’s Climate Data Records: Satellite data for climate applications


20/05/2020 20/05/2020
Disaster and world heritage with focus on pandemics

Wildlife Institute of India - Category 2 Centre (WII-C2C) for "World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia and the Pacific Regoin", under the auspices of UNESCO

22/05/2020 22/05/2020
Introductory Webinar: Satellite Remote Sensing for Agricultural Applications


14/04/2020 to 05/05/2020 24/05/2020
Webinar Introductorio: Un Vistazo a Cómo la NASA Mide la Contaminación del Aire


26/05/2020 to 28/05/2020 26/05/2020
Remote Sensing for Earth Observation

Transmitting Science

Barcellona Spain 07/09/2020 to 10/09/2020 31/05/2020
8th International Conference on Cartography & GIS (ICCGIS)

International Corographic Association (ICA), Bulgarian Carographic Association, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

Nessebar Bulgaria 15/06/2020 to 20/06/2020 31/05/2020

Issue Date: 

Friday, February 14, 2020
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