High Level Conference “Space for the African Citizen” in Brussels
Thu Oct 7 2010
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER Senior Expert Jörg Szarzynski participated in the High Level Conference “Space for the African Citizen” in Brussels. Organized by the Belgian High Representation for Space Policy under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the main goal of the Conference was to demonstrate the relevance of space technologies as a transversal...
Application of earth-observation satellites to disaster monitoring
Tue Sep 21 2010
The small satellite constellation for environment and disaster monitoring and forecasting (SSCEDMF) is an important component of China's earth-observation satellite system. SSCEDMF is being deployed in two stages. On 6 September 2008, two optical satellites, Huan Jing (HJ)-1-A and B, were successfully launched. Each carries three main sensor types, including wide-coverage CCD cameras, IR...
ESCAP launches Asia-Pacific mechanism on drought monitoring and early warning
Mon Sep 20 2010
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launched in to service a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning in Nanjing, China.
The Mechanism provides satellite products for general drought monitoring and higher resolution products for identified high drought risk areas, and assists its members in developing localized...
DMCii-led project exploits satellites to strengthen UK disaster response
Thu Sep 16 2010
The project is being run by a consortium of five organisations: DMCii takes the lead role, with Infoterra Ltd supporting the Earth observation components, Avanti Communications taking the satellite communications role, Nottingham Scientific Ltd working on satellite navigation and the British Geological Survey providing additional expertise on geohazards. The system will be used for all types...
Flood mapping for Pakistan by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development
Tue Aug 31 2010
ICIMOD has taken up rapid response mapping for the flood affected areas in three provinces with the support from Sentinel-Asia partners and the request received from UN-SPIDER SpaceAid to support SUPARCO, Pakistan. A wide range of flood products focusing on different aspects of flood impact have been generated on a daily basis to support the space-agency and other relevant teams involved in...
China launches "Mapping Satellite-I"
Wed Aug 25 2010
China successfully launched a new mapping satellite, "Mapping Satellite-I", from the northwestern Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 3:10 p.m. Beijing time on Aug. 24.
The satellite, which was launched on a Long March-2D carrier rocket, had entered into the preset orbit, according to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
The "Mapping Satellite-I," which was developed by Dong...
International Telecommunication Union Aids Pakistan
Tue Aug 24 2010
Geneva - ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has issued a global appeal for contributions to assist the flood-affected victims in Pakistan. ITU’s emergency telecommunications team is also working with the Government of Pakistan towards rehabilitating the telecommunication infrastructure, which has been rendered inoperative in many parts of the country.
The floods ravaging Pakistan...
SPOT 4 Availability in Russia Extended
Mon Aug 16 2010
ScanEx Research & Development Center (Russia) and French Spot Image (France) have signed an agreement, entitling ScanEx with exclusive rights starting late July 2010 to distribute SPOT 4 satellite data over the territory of Russia and Belarus. Granting of exclusive rights to ScanEx to operate with SPOT 4 data expands the possibilities of operating with satellite data and ensures a high degree...
ISRO Launches Gagan Satellite Navigation System
Mon Aug 16 2010
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched the GPS-supported Geo Augmented Navigation (Gagan) satellite navigation system to aid Indian air traffic, the organization announced Aug. 12.
Gagan, based on a constellation of 24 satellites positioned in six different orbital locations, aims to provide seamless coverage of air traffic from South Asia to Africa and connect to the systems...
FAO Launches Real Time Fire Monitoring Website
Fri Aug 13 2010
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a new online portal on fire information and real time monitoring to help countries to control fire effectively and protect property and natural resources. The new Global Fire Information Management System (GFIMS) detects fire hotspots from satellites operated by the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)....
Remote Sensing of the Forests of Belize
Wed Aug 11 2010
CATHALAC and NASA in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Belize have completed a remote sensing-based assessment of deforestation and forest cover dynamics of Belize. The study has been validated, and covers 1980 through 2010 (it includes mapping of 1980, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2004, and 2010).
CATHALAC intends to continue collaboration with Belize's Ministry of...
NASA Instrument Tracks Pollution from Russian Fires
Mon Aug 9 2010
Drought and the worst heat wave Russia has seen in 130 years have sparked a devastating outbreak of wildfires across the nation this summer, primarily in the country's western and central regions. According to wire service reports and Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry, as of Aug. 6, 2010, some 558 fires were burning. The fires have killed at least 52 people, destroyed some 2,000 homes and...
Satellites Help Measure Earth's Water
Mon Aug 9 2010
Scientists say they've used satellite data to measure for the first time the amount of water that rises and falls in the Amazon River floodplain each year. Ohio State University researchers say the information is critical to predicting floods and droughts that might be brought about by global climate change.
Until now, researchers trying to estimate the amount of water in the Amazon floodplain...
New Maps of Central America for Risk Management
Tue Aug 3 2010
Germany: GfK GeoMarketing released new maps for Central America offering comprehensive coverage from Mexico to Panama. These digital administrative and postcode maps provide a precise foundation for regional risk analyses. Detailed and seamlessly fitting maps of postal and administrative units are available for all Central American countries from Mexico to Panama. The new maps also fit seamlessly...
First output of the project to assess coastal vulnerability
Thu Jul 29 2010
Australia: Department of Planning/Department of Transport, Australia, has delivered the first outputs of the project to assess coastal vulnerability and prepare for possible sea level rise. They include complete and seamless data files of water depths and broad seabed imagery from pseudo-reflectance and a high resolution coastal 3D model of the land and seabed between Two Rocks and Cape...
TanDEM-X delivers first 3D images
Fri Jul 23 2010
On 22 July 2010, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) facility in Oberpfaffenhofen published the first 3D images from the TanDEM-X satellite mission. Just one month after the launch of TanDEM-X (TerrraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement), which took place on 21 June 2010, DLR researchers have created the first digital...
UNSW to develop satellite surveying technology
Fri Jul 23 2010
University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers will develop satellite surveying technologies that will allow flooding, bushfires, deforestation and earthquakes to be monitored in real time under a USD 4.7 million Australian Space Research Program grant from the Federal Government.
Associate Professor Dempster said the SAR Formation Flying project would ultimately enable real-time...
Earth Disasters: A Future Vision Of Response And Recovery Tools
Thu Jul 15 2010
The influence of Earth remote sensing satellites in disaster management can be greatly enhanced over the next decade, becoming a far more powerful tool than today to help mitigate the effects of natural and human-made calamities.
"The use of remote sensing - from space and the air - should be a routine and cost-effective means of support to disaster response and recovery," Williamson...
RCMRD joins the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices
Tue Jul 13 2010
The Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) signed a cooperation agreement on the occasion of the UN-SPIDER Regional Workshop – “Building Upon Regional Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response for Africa” in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, 7 July 2010.
This makes RCMRD...
Regional Workshop for the African Continent conducted by UN-SPIDER
Tue Jul 13 2010
From 6 to 9 July 2010, UN-SPIDER successfully conducted its regional workshop for the African continent in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). More than 80 senior experts and decision-makers from 27 countries and international organizations participated in this 4-day event, which benefitted considerably from the support provided by the Government...