China: Launch of high resolution EO satellite scheduled
Wed Apr 3 2013
China will launch the first satellite for its high-resolution system for Earth observation in April, as China's official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing a government agency.
Examinations of the satellite and its carrier rocket, the Long March 2D, have been completed and the satellite is now in the launch stage, according to the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for...
International Charter: March 2013 Newsletter available
Tue Apr 2 2013
The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" published the March 2013 issue of their Newsletter, which is available online.
The issue highlights among other topics the presentation of the International Charter's Universal Access initiative during the 2013 session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)...
UN-SPIDER RSO in Ukraine participated in Workshop on Wild Fires
Tue Apr 2 2013
On March 4th, 2013 experts of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Ukraine took part in the regional workshop “Wild fires in Eastern Europe: science, politics and management” and the official opening of the Regional Eastern Europe Fire Monitoring Center (REEFMS) at the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine. Prof. N. Kussul and Dr. S. Skakun delivered a...
Disaster Management: Europe and Japan join forces
Thu Mar 28 2013
In a recent press release the European Commission announced that Europe and Japan are forging a closer cooperation in disaster management. Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response and Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan have exchanged letters providing a framework to further...
Desertification: UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference
Wed Mar 27 2013
From 9 to 13 April 2013, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is holding its 2nd Scientific Conference in Bonn, Germany.
The UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference puts a specific thematic focus on the "Economic assessment of desertification, sustainable land management and resilience of arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas", requiring the evaluation and analysis...
Landsat: First Images Released From Newest Earth Observation Satellite
Tue Mar 26 2013
NASA and the Department of the Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have released the first images from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, which was launched Feb. 11.
The natural-color images show the intersection of the United States Great Plains and the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming and Colorado. In the images, green coniferous forests in the mountains...
BeiDou Navigation Satellite System: Ground system improves precision
Tue Mar 26 2013
A ground system aimed at enhancing the navigation precision of the Chinese BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was approved in central China's Hubei Province on 22 March 2013, as the website CCTV reported. The BeiDou Ground Base Enhancement System (BGBES), a network consisting of 30 ground base stations, an operating system and a precision positioning system, was approved by the evaluation...
OGC: Best Practices Document for Earth Observation Product, Service and Sensor
Mon Mar 25 2013
An official OGC Best Practice document entitled, "OGC EO Product Collection, Service and Sensor Discovery using the CS-WebRIM Catalogue" was adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium. This OGC Best Practices Document describes the relations that exist between several metadata conceptual models: Earth Observation (EO) Product, EO Product Collections, Sensors and Services. Specification...
UNISDR: Economic losses from disasters keep rising
Thu Mar 21 2013
The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) last week stated that for the first time in history the world has experienced three consecutive years where annual economic losses have exceeded $100 billion due to an enormous increase in exposure of industrial assets and private property to extreme disaster events.
UNISDR Director, Elizabeth Longworth, speaking at a press briefing on 14 March...
India: Plans for Highest-Resolution Earth Observation Satellite
Wed Mar 20 2013
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is planning to build Cartosat-3, a satellite capable to take images of the earth with a resolution of 0.25 metres, as TheHindu reported. This remote sensing satellite is expected to exceed GeoEye-1, which is currently the satellite taking the highest resolution images of our planet. GeoEye-1 is capable of taking panchromatic images with a resolution...
Galileo: European satellite navigation system achieves first position fix
Tue Mar 19 2013
In a recent press release, the European Commission announced that on 12 March 2013 for the first time ever, engineers have been able to determine a position relying only on the signals emitted from four satellites of the European satellite navigation system Galileo.
This achievement is a milestone towards offering initial satellite navigation services from 2014 onwards. Once fully deployed,...
UNOOSA/Pakistan Workshop on Space Technologies for Food and Water Security
Tue Mar 19 2013
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) jointly organized the United Nations/Pakistan International Workshop on Integrated Use of Space Technologies for Food and Water Security. The Workshop took place from 11 to 16 March 2013 in Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Workshop participants discussed how space tools...
UN Kicks Off Global Campaign for Drought Mitigation
Mon Mar 18 2013
The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have kicked-off the 2013 global campaign to drought preparedness and risk management on 13 March during the High-level Meeting on National Drought Policy, which takes place on 11-15 March 2013 in Geneva.
“Droughts have devastating effects on people, on livelihoods, the economy....
Australia: Open disaster management platform in works
Sat Mar 16 2013
The University of Melbourne, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and NICTA today jointly announced that they are collaborating to develop the Australia Disaster Management Platform (ADMP), a next generation open standards-based IT platform aimed at improving disaster management, protecting communities and potentially saving lives.
Over the past decade alone, the world has experienced a deluge of natural and man-...
UNOOSA and UNISDR organize Session on Space and Disaster-Risk Reduction
Fri Mar 15 2013
Under the umbrella of the thirty-third session of the United Nations Inter-Agency Meeting (IAM) on Outer Space Activities this week in Geneva, UNOOSA and the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) organized the 10th Open Informal Session entitled: "Space and Disaster Risk Reduction: Planning for Resilient human settlements."
The session was inaugurated by Ms. Margareta...
IGAC - Launch of new website of the National Bank of Images
Fri Mar 15 2013
In February 2013, the Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute in Colombia, host of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, launched a new web site allowing access to the National Bank of Images of Colombia (BNI): http://www.bni.gov.co/portal/public/classic/
The BNI is a union of organizations, policies, standards and technology which works together to produce, share and use geographic and...
Mali: Astrium provides satellite communication
Thu Mar 14 2013
The Astrium-supplied satellite equipment and airtime is helping humanitarian workers in the tumultuous Sahel region to share vital information as they manage the very critical humanitarian situation in this area. Communications links are severely disrupted in northern Mali, where land lines and mobile networks have been cut off in several towns.
The satellite communication has helped more than 4,...
Vietnam: Launch of first Earth Observation satellite
Wed Mar 13 2013
Viet Nam's first remote sensing satellite is scheduled to be launched into orbit next month, as Viet Nam News reported.
The VNREDSat-1A satellite is designed by French satellite maker Astrium. The project started in 2010 with the satellite tasked to monitor natural resources and environmental management, while also helping in co-ordinating responses to natural disasters throughout Viet Nam for...
GLONASS: Belarus and Russia sign satellite navigation agreement
Wed Mar 13 2013
Belarusian network operator SKB Kamerton and Russia’s non-profit partnership Agency for Development and Use of Navigation Technology, NP GLONASS, have signed a cooperation agreement in the field of satellite navigation and the use of GLONASS technologies in Belarus and Russia. The document was signed by heads of the two organizations Alexander Kutko and Alexander Gurko at the 3rd international...
Open data: New York makes available public datasets online
Wed Mar 13 2013
On 7 March 2013, hundreds of new datasets were made available on NYC Open Data, a portal containing all of the New York's online data. The datasets include among others demographic statistics, social media usage or hurricane evacuation plans as well as a large variety of maps: Subway entrances, fire houses, hospitals, elevation points and other mapped data that might be relevant for disaster or...