UN-SPIDER Updates May 2019

Dear readers,

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

We would like to make use of this occasion to inform you that applications for the United Nations Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - "A Policy Perspective" and Commemoration of 10 Years of the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office are now open. This 9th Annual UN-SPIDER Conference in Beijing will take place 11-12 September 2019.

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 of the Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II). Image: WMO.

Held on 13 and 14 May in Geneva, the Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II) called for further strengthening of multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS) as part of disaster risk reduction efforts worldwide. At the event, more... Read more

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Tropical Cyclone Fani in the Indian Ocean captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on 1 May 2019. Image: NASA.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has opened registrations for the 9th Annual UN-SPIDER Conference in Beijing “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – ‘A... Read more

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News from the community

Flooding in the Pak Kret area of Bangkok, Thailand in 2011. Image: Philip Roeland/Flickr.

Remote sensing, or obtaining information about the Earth’s surface from afar using satellites or high altitude aircraft, is an important tool for predicting, mitigating, and managing disasters. To obtain a more comprehensive view of the... Read more

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SuperMUC-NG, the supercomputer at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ). Image: Veronika Hohenegger/LRZ.

Data generated by Earth observation satellites can provide critical insights for disaster mitigation and management by revealing changes in the Earth’s surface over time. However, the great volume and different types of satellite data... Read more

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Ground deformation map of Pistoia in Tuscany. Using data acquired between 2014 and 2019 from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission, the map shows subsidence in red and uplift in blue. Image: ESA/TRE ALTAMIRA.

The lowering or sinking of the ground’s surface, referred to as land subsidence, can cause serious damage to infrastructure and private property, and in turn, have an adverse impact on communities, individuals, and the economy. The... Read more

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Image showing the movement of the Lambert Glacier, with ice velocity vectors obtained by using RADARSAT Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from the 2000 Antarctic Mapping Mission. Image: Canadian Space Agency/NASA/Ohio State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Alaska SAR facility. Retrieved from NASA Earth Observatory.

The Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation have released 36,500 RADARSAT-1 images, which are available at no cost on the Government of Canada’s Earth Observation Data Management System. Having... Read more

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Tropical Cyclone Fani reaches the eastern coast of India on 2 May 2019.

Building upon a history of successful Earth observation satellite launches, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) sent its RISAT-2B radar imaging satellite into orbit on 22 May 2019. Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre... Read more

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Living Planet Symposium 2019 in Milan, Italy. Image: ESA

A one-week-long event brought together scientists and users to present their latest findings on the Earth’s environment and climate derived from satellite data. Organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Living Planet Symposium... Read more

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Mississippi River floods in April and May 2011.

A new publication presents 30 innovation products and approaches for disaster risk reduction, ranging from GIS and remote sensing to community-based disaster risk reduction and indigenous DRR technology. “30 Innovations for DRR” has... Read more

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Areas flooded and damaged following cyclone Idai, northwest of Beira.

A new United Nations report calls for urgent action on disaster risk reduction to protect progress towards eradication of poverty and hunger, and action on climate change. The achievement of these and other Sustainable Development Goals... Read more

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 “Space for U.S.”, disaster search

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently released a new website, SpaceforUS, which intends to highlight how NASA has used its Earth observation data to better the living conditions of people in all 50 states of the... Read more

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The map depicts global temperature anomalies in 2018.

New satellite data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirms that 2015 to 2018 were the four hottest years on record. The findings echo the results of recent reports by the European Space Agency (ESA) and... Read more

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Up-coming events

Title Organized by City Country Date Registration deadline
EuroGEOSS Workshop 2019

 The European Commission

Lisbon Portugal 03/07/2019 to 05/07/2019 14/06/2019
Professional Certificate in Disaster Risk Reduction

International Centre for Parliamentary Studies

London United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 17/06/2019 to 21/06/2019 16/06/2019
4th International Conference On Dynamics Of Disasters, DOD 2019

The International Hellenic University and the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas of Thessaloniki, Greece

Kalamata Greece 01/07/2019 to 05/07/2019 20/06/2019
World soils user consultation meeting

European Space Agency (ESA)

Frascati (Rome) Italy 02/07/2019 to 03/07/2019 24/06/2019
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 Tropical Storms for Emergency Preparedness


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


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


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


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
Advanced Webinar: Remote Sensing of Drought


09/08/2019 09/08/2019

Issue Date: 

Thursday, June 6, 2019
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