Looking Inside Hurricane Rina
Fri Oct 28 2011
After a two-week period without any named storms, the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season revived in late October with the arrival of Hurricane Rina. The storm, which began as a tropical depression on October 23 in the western Caribbean, is adding misery and destruction to a region that has been battered by heavy rain and flooding events.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) collected these...
China: Prepared for the Worst - Measures are taken to enhance disaster relief
Thu Oct 27 2011
According to a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MOCA) and the National Disaster Reduction Commission (NDRC) on October 10, natural disasters left 1,074 people dead or missing across China in the first nine months of this year.
Between January and September, natural disasters affected 480 million people nationwide, resulting in the evacuation or relocation of 9.12 million...
NASA caught Tropical Storm Rina forming, strengthening
Tue Oct 25 2011
NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite called "TRMM" and NASA's Aqua satellite captured radar and temperature data that showed tropical storm Rina forming in the western Caribbean Sea yesterday. Today, Rina continues strengthening.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded an area of disturbed weather in the Caribbean to tropical depression eighteen and then to tropical...
Small But Agile Proba-1 Reaches 10 Years in Orbit
Tue Oct 25 2011
A good photographer needs agility. So it is with ESA microsatellite Proba-1, which turns in space to capture terrestrial targets. Celebrating its tenth birthday this week, Proba-1's unique images are used by hundreds of scientific teams worldwide.
A technology demonstrator turned into an Earth observation mission, the microsatellite - just a cubic metre in volume - has acquired nearly 20 000...
Satellites combat degrading lands
Mon Oct 24 2011
As the UN marked World Food Day earlier this week, international representatives convened in Korea to discuss ways to curb the loss of productive land to desertification. Satellites play an important role in the monitoring and assessment of drylands.
Desertification is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. It is caused primarily by human activities and climatic...
Thailand: Satellite Data Centre for disaster management
Thu Oct 20 2011
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has teamed up to establish a Geo-Informatics Operation System and satellite data Centre as a response to the problems posed by Thailand’s worst flooding in decades.
The data centre will make use of modern Geo-Informatics technology in order for concerned government...
NASA: A Look Back at a Decade of Fires
Thu Oct 20 2011
NASA's latest Earth-observing satellite, the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP), is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Oct. 28 to extend key environmental data records established by an earlier generation of NASA satellites. To mark the launch, they are looking back at one of the scientific legacies NPP will build upon: the global fire data record. An instrument on NPP called the...
Google helps track Nepal typhoid
Tue Oct 18 2011
KATHMANDU — Scientists announced on Monday they had combined cutting-edge gene sequencing technology with Google Earth to accurately map the spread of typhoid in Kathmandu for the first time.
The Nepalese capital was described in a 2008 study as "a typhoid fever capital of the world", with thousands of cases a year reported, but outbreaks have been hard to chart in a city...
Thailand Floods 2011
Mon Oct 17 2011
Thailand is currently facing its worst flooding in 50 years. Flood waters have swamped more than two-thirds of the country, submerging rice fields and shutting down hundreds of factories while over 900,000 families and businesses have been impacted and hundreds of lives have been tragically lost. National relief efforts are now focused on providing essential food, clean water and shelter to...
Satellite images reveal extent of Rena oil leak
Mon Oct 17 2011
A new satellite image that shows the likely spread of oil from the Rena suggests things may be worse than many realise.
The satellite image was captured by DLR, the German Aerospace Centre, by its TerraSAR satellite on Friday and shows the likely spread of oil from the ship, which remains stuck on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of Tauranga.
The ship has spilled more than 350 tonnes of oil...
Faster satellite data for more GMES users
Thu Oct 13 2011
Broader and improved access to satellite data is boosting the Global Monitoring for environment and Security programme.
The aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information. This will improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and support decision-making...
How space technology aids a flood response
Tue Oct 11 2011
BANGKOK, 11 October 2011 (IRIN) - As residents across flood-ravaged Southeast Asia look up to the skies and brace for more rain, satellites 35,800km away are looking down on them.
Space technology has become a critical tool in protecting people from disasters in countries such as Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, where more than 6.5 million people have been affected by recent flooding and at...
Satellite data plus conservation equals better crop yields
Wed Oct 5 2011
[NEW DELHI] Combining remote sensing technology with water and soil conservation techniques can help raise crop yields in South Asia, scientists have reported.
satellite data can help identify specific problems on farmlands such as moisture shortage, excessive soil wetness and flood occurrence.
Using the data along with appropriate resource conserving technology (RCT) will increase productivity...
UN-SPIDER supports the Russian Federation’s efforts to boost the use of space-based information for disaster risk management and emergency response in Central Asia
Tue Oct 4 2011
UN-SPIDER is committed to ensuring an increase in the support provided to all countries in accessing and using space-based information for disaster risk management and Emergency response, including to all Central Asian countries in cooperation with the Russian Federation.
From 7 to 8 September 2011 an international seminar was organized by the Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of...
Satellites predict city hot spots
Thu Sep 29 2011
Satellites are helping to forecast the location of urban areas most affected during heat waves, helping planners to design cooler, more comfortable cities.
The temperature in densely urbanised areas can be several degrees higher than in nearby rural areas – a phenomenon known as the ‘urban heat island’ effect. These ‘heat islands’ are particularly noticeable at night...
NASA sees Typhoon Nesat nearing landfall in northern Philippines
Tue Sep 27 2011
NASA's Terra satellite saw the western edges of typhoon Nesat brushing the eastern Philippines yesterday as Luzon prepares for a landfall today. Warning Signals are in effect throughout the northern Philippines as the typhoon nears.
NASA's Terra satellite flew over Typhoon Nesat yesterday. Nesat is known locally in the Philippines as "Pedring." NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging...
The Philippines to use sophisticated geohazard map for disaster reduction
Mon Sep 19 2011
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) received a high-resolution geohazard map as part of the Php260 million (USD 5,996,310) grant awarded by the Australian Agency for International Development and Geoscience Australia.
The geohazard map which will be used to support the government’s disaster...
New Oil Monitoring research project coordinated by KSAT
Fri Sep 16 2011
A new three-year 3 million Euro project, Multisensor satellite Technologies for Oil Pollution Monitoring and Source Identification (SeaU), funded by the European Commission through FP 7 is established to develop the next generation satellite based oil monitoring service. SeaU, led by Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT), Norway brings together the leading European experts in research and...
NASA Satellites Busy at the Peak of Hurricane Season
Fri Sep 16 2011
During the first two weeks of September, and the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane season, NASA satellites were keeping tabs on a number of tropical systems. NASA’s Aqua, Terra, EO-1 and Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellites provided rainfall rates, cloud height, cloud temperature, sea surface temperatures, and extent of cloud cover throughout the life of all the tropical...
Monitoring Volcanic Ash and Impacts on Agriculture: CSA, NASA and World Bank Cooperation
Wed Sep 14 2011
Within the framework of the international Committee on satellite Earth Observation (CEOS), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is collaborating with NASA on various projects helping to monitor, manage and respond to natural disasters. This partnership offers CSA and NASA the opportunity to share Earth Observation (EO) data acquired by Canadian and American satellites for the purpose of scientific...