UN-SPIDER Updates November 2020

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We're glad to share with you the November 2020 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

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UN-SPIDER at a glance

Typhoon Vamco on November 11, a few hours before making landfall on the Philippines. Image: NASA.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its United Nation Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), organized the United Nations International Conference on Space-... Read more

Regional Support Offices mentioned: Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) Regional Support Office, Indonesia Regional Support Office, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Islamic Republic of Iran Regional Support Office, Thailand Regional Support Office, United States of America Regional Support Office
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite 16 (GOES-16) captured this image of Eta around on November 3. Image: NASA Earth Observatory.

The hurricane season in Central America normally quiets down at the end of October, but this year is one of those rare years when tropical storms and hurricanes in the region have occured beyond the typical season. With 30 events thus far, the... Read more

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News from the community

Michael Freilich Satellite Sentinel 6. Image: ESA

A new satellite that allows the most accurate measurements of sea level yet was successfully launched on 21 November. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite will map up to 95 per cent of the world’s oceans every 10 days, taking continuous... Read more

Screenshot of the SMAP tool in action. Image: NASA

Officially launched in 2015 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the SMAP mission is an orbiting satellite that measures the amount of wetness in the top layer of soil incrementally every 2-3 days. These Soil Moisture... Read more

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GloFAS forecast for parts of Central America on 3 November.

When disaster looms, early warning about potentially affected areas and the extent of the event are critical for disaster management efforts. Using in situ and satellite-based observations, two web-based systems provide critical information to... Read more

Cover of the IFRC World Disasters Report 2020. Image: Indian Red Cross Society.

A new report by the world’s largest humanitarian aid network highlights global disasters, populations most vulnerable to them and the efforts of local institutions in preventing, preparing for and responding to them. The 2020 edition of the World... Read more

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GMES and Africa logo.

The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and Africa programme, a joint initiative by the European Commission and the African Union Commission, has launched an online training platform to strengthen capacities in the use of Earth... Read more

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Issue Date: 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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