UN-SPIDER Updates September 2020

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the September 2020 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates, and would like to make you aware of two UN-SPIDER events that might be of interest to you:

  • UNOOSA and the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (Affiliated to the United Nations) have launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on “Geospatial Applications for Disaster Risk Management”. This MOOC is a free and flexible online training programme available to everyone who wants to enhance their capabilities related to the use of geospatial and Earth observation technologies in disaster risk management. Visit the MOOC website for further information and to register.
  • UNOOSA is pleased to announce the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – Lessons learned during the unprecedented pandemic situation” , to be held online on 24-25 November 2020. This conference is organized by the Beijing office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER). Visit the event website for further information and to register.

Enjoy the read!

UN-SPIDER at a glance

Participants at the virtual expert meeting. Image: UNOOSA.
28/09/2020

In order to discuss and promote the use of space technologies in addressing natural hazards such as forest fires and landslides in Latin America, UN-SPIDER conducted a virtual regional expert meeting on the topic of “Space-based Solutions for... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Argentina Regional Support Office, Brazil Regional Support Office, Colombia Regional Support Office, Mexico Regional Support Office
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News from our Regional Support Offices

IWMI staff receiving the GeoSpatial World Excellence Award 2020. Image: IWMI.
27/09/2020

The International Water Management Institute (IWMI), a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has won an award for its innovative work using remote sensing technology to help nations monitor and mitigate the impacts of drought. The Institute received... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: International Water Management Institute (IWMI)
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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches the SAOCOM 1B satellite. Image: Manuel Mazzanti/CONAE
14/09/2020

The Argentinean SAOCOM 1B satellite was successfully launched into orbit on 30 August 2020. Developed by the National Argentinean Space Commission (CONAE), this new satellite will join SAOCOM 1A and four Italian COSMO-SkyMed to complete the joint... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Argentina Regional Support Office
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News from the community

WSF2015 subset including India and vast part of Eastern and South Eastern Asia.  Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0).
30/09/2020

A new world map developed by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) reveals settlement structures on Earth in 2015 with a resolution of 10 metres. The World Settlement Footprint... Read more

Screenshot of the Earth Map platform.
18/09/2020

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations have launched a new tool that provides access to multidimensional maps and statistics showing key... Read more

Screenshot of the FAO Hand-in-Hand geospatial platform.
09/09/2020

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a geospatial data platform that aims to help build stronger food and agriculture sectors post... Read more

Issue Date: 

Thursday, October 15, 2020
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