UN-SPIDER Updates June 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the June 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

We would like to make use of this occasion to inform you about two upcoming UN-SPIDER conferences:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Cover of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) 2018 Annual Report. Image: UNOOSA.

In its recently released 2018 Annual Report, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) provides an overview of the many projects and initiatives it engaged in during the past year to advance international cooperation in... Read more

A sandstorm over the Sahara desert seen by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station in 2014. Image: ESA/NASA.

The importance of using space technologies in the disaster management process has received growing global recognition in recent years. For example, the African Union outlined in its 2017 African Space Policy that among other things,... Read more

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Representatives of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices and observer organizations..

Representatives from the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices (RSO) convene in Vienna for the 9th Annual RSO Coordination Meeting from 18 to 19 June. Held at the... Read more

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H.E. Gerhard Küntzle, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations (Vienna); UNOOSA Director Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo; and Prof. Klaus Greve from the Centre for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces (ZFL) at the University of Bonn.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a cooperation agreement with the University of Bonn, Germany, that paves the way for joint activities to support Member States in using space-based information in all phases of... Read more

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Natural-colour Sentinel-2A image of Mexico City and surroundings. Image: Copernicus Sentinel data (2015)/ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO.

Under the annual theme "Towards A Safer Urban Future", the 2nd Resilient Infrastructure Forum took place in Colombia from 4 to 6 June 2019. The Forum aimed to develop a coordinated long-term strategy to overcome challenges posed by disasters,... Read more

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News from the community

FV3: Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere Dynamical Core

In June 2019, NOAA upgraded its flagship weather model, the Global Forecast System (GFS), with a new dynamic core, called Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere Dynamical Core (FV3). This upgrade of the GFS will enhance global numerical weather... Read more

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An artistic representation of the RADARSAT Constellation Mission. Image: Canadian Space Agency.

On 12 June 2019, a trio of identical Canadian Earth observation satellites, which will help monitor climate change and save lives during natural disasters, among other applications, were successfully launched into space from a SpaceX... Read more

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Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
Training Course on Disaster Risk Assessment for Risk Managers

Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

Bangkok Thailand 05/08/2019 to 09/08/2019 05/07/2019
Advanced Webinar: Remote Sensing for Monitoring Land Degradation and Sustainable Cities SDGs


09/07/2019 to 23/07/2019 08/07/2019
United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – "A Policy Perspective”

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China

Beijing China 11/09/2019 to 12/09/2019 15/07/2019
Visualize Risk 2019 - A disaster data and map design challenge

The Understanding Risk (UR) and GFDRR

15/05/2019 to 15/07/2019 15/07/2019
Geoinformation for Disaster Management 2019

International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), International Union of Radio Service (URSI), Faculty of Civil Engineering CTU in Prague, Auletris, National Library of Technology (NTK)

Prague Czech Republic 03/09/2019 to 06/09/2019 20/07/2019
Fourth COSPAR Symposium


Herzliya Israel 04/11/2019 to 08/11/2019 22/07/2019
Call for Abstracts: Earth Observations for Sustainable Development Session, AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Liz Cox (UK Space Agency)
Darren Lumbroso (HR Wallingford)
Gina Tsarouchi (HR Wallingford)

San Francisco United States of America 09/12/2019 to 13/12/2019 31/07/2019
1st EMSAfrica Summer School on the Basics and Applications of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Remote Sensing for Environmental Monitoring


Acornhoek South Africa 23/09/2019 to 26/09/2019 31/07/2019
Introductory Webinar: Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment & Resilience


06/08/2019 to 15/08/2019 06/08/2019
Monitoring Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis, Session 1/4


08/08/2019 08/08/2019
Monitoring Tropical Storms for Emergency Preparedness


08/08/2019 08/08/2019
Getting Started with MODIS Version 6- Vegetation Indices Data (Part1)


09/08/2019 09/08/2019
Advanced Webinar: Remote Sensing of Drought


09/08/2019 09/08/2019
Using Sentinel-2 for Crop Monitoring

Digital Geography

09/08/2019 09/08/2019
Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Vegetation Indices Data (Part3)


09/08/2019 09/08/2019
Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Vegetation Indices Data (Part2)


09/08/2019 09/08/2019
Advanced Webinar: SAR for Landcover Applications


28/08/2019 27/08/2019
India International Training Course on Space-based Information System for Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR)

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its UN-SPIDER programme, and the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India.

Roorkee India 25/11/2019 to 29/11/2019 31/08/2019
Call for Papers: 2nd International Academy of Astronautics Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems

Colomb Institute

Buenos Aires Argentina 11/11/2019 to 15/11/2019 16/09/2019
Forecasting and Communicating Water-Related Disasters in Africa

Ensemble Framework For Flash Flood Forecasting

02/10/2019 02/10/2019

Issue Date: 

Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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