United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on Space-based Information for Flood and Drought Risk Reduction

Time and Duration
Venue City: 
Bonn
Basic Information
Date: 
05/06/2014 - 06/06/2014
Venue: 
UN Campus Bonn
Venue Country: 
Germany
Event Organisers: 

UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER

Co-organisers: 

German Aerospace Center (DLR ), German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Secure World Foundation (SWF)

Language of event: 
English

Download the technical report (662 KB)

 

 

Read news article on the conclusion of the expert meeting here.

The 2014 United Nations/Germany Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based information for flood and drought risk reduction focussed on the use of space technologies to improve Disaster risk reduction. Floods and droughts served as examples for hazard types that have recently affected countries around the globe. Recent examples are the UK floods in February 2014, floods in Central Europe in June 2013, the floods following super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013, or the droughts in Eastern Africa 2011 and droughts in Bolivia in 2013.

In its Situation and Outlook issued in January 2014, WMO foresees an enhanced possibility of the development of a weak El Niño around the middle of 2014. Its effects on floods and droughts need to be taken into account in national plans targeting disaster risk reduction. A recent article in Nature stated that El Niño events may start coming once every decade, doubling their frequency.

Effective disaster risk management helps preventing that natural hazards like floods and droughts turn into disasters. Space technologies, especially Earth Observation and global navigation satellite systems, provide crucial information for hazard assessment, vulnerability analysis, and risk assessment. The potential contribution of space-based information to disaster risk management is not yet fully exploited – technical solutions are not tailored enough to the needs on the ground, and the information is rarely easily accessible for disaster managers. With this expert meeting, UN-SPIDER is aiming to fulfil one of its core functions: serving as a bridge between the different space and disaster risk management communities.

 

Objectives and Expected Outcomes

The main objective of the expert meeting was to promote the use of space-based applications to assess and to manage flood and drought risks.

Expected outcomes included:

• Recommendations for the improvement of flood and drought risk management through the use of space based information;

• Elements to contribute to the Post 2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (HFA2) and to sustainable development;

• Elements to contribute to the upcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction to take place in Sendai, Japan, in March 2015.

These outcomes will feed into UN-SPIDER’s outreach activities, capacity building, Knowledge Portal, and Technical Advisory Support.

 

Point of Contact

Antje Hecheltjen (Ms.), UN-SPIDER Office for Outer Space Affairs, UN Campus Bonn

Tel: +49 (0) 228 815 0677, Fax: +49 (0)228 815 0699, E-mail: antje.hecheltjen@unoosa.org

 

 

Keynote presentations
Stefan Voigt (DLR): Earth Observation contributions to flood and drought risk assessment Download
Ray Williamson (SWF): Bridging the gap: Satellite data, information, and Disaster Management Download
Luc St-Pierre and Juan Carlos Villagran: UN-SPIDER's efforts in flood and drought risk management Download
Session 1: Space technologies for disaster risk reduction - Regional examples
AKM Monowar H. Akhand (Ministry of Public Administration Bangladesh): Preparedness strategies, local administration and the role of space-based data in reduction of flood risk in Bangladesh Download
Byron Anangwe (RCMRD, Kenya): Disaster Risk Reduction dynamics and Earth Observation - African scenarios Download
Session 2: Flood Risk Reduction
Sebastian Pisi (DKKV, Germany): Assessment of coping capacities relating to the 2013 floods in Germany Download
André Twele and Franz Hummel (DLR, Germany): Combining automated satellite based flood mapping and exposure mapping for flood risk assessment and management Download
Wazir Khan (Pakistan): Application of Space Technology for Disaster Management in Pakistan Download
Session 3: Drought Risk Reduction
Jeiran Amiraslani (ISA, Iran): Role of E-Learning in knowledge promotion and capacity building for monitoring and assessment of natural disasters - A case study for drought monitoring Download
Peter Hoefsloot (ARC, Netherlands): African Risk Capacity (ARC) & World Food Programme Download
John M. Ferrell (US SOUTHCOMM): United States Southern Command Technology Approaches for Enabling Multi-National Activities Download
Session 4: The Way Forward
Luna Abu-Swaireh (UNISDR): Towards the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction Download
Background documents
Bonn Expert Meeting 2014 - Programme of Activities Download
Bonn Expert Meeting 2014 - Information for Participants Download
Bonn Expert Meeting 2014 - Flyer Download
Bonn Expert Meeting 2014 - Information Note Download
Bonn Expert Meeting 2014 - Background Paper Discussion Groups Download
Outcome documents
Bonn Expert Meetin 2014 - Technical report Download
Two-pager: Space-based information for disaster-risk reduction - KEY MESSAGES Download