USA: Satellite measurements for unusual rainfall over Midwest
Mon Aug 19 2013
Data provided by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite has helped experts to analyze the unusual flash floods that affected territories from Oklahoma to Tennessee during the first two weeks of August 2013 causing at least two deaths and damages in hundreds of homes and other structures. Moreover, during the previous month of July the affected states had already received more...
China: International Charter activated for severe floods
Mon Aug 19 2013
On 16 August 2013, the China Meteorological Administration requested to activate the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, after rain-triggered flooding had destroyed many roads and power facilities, affecting more than 2 million people in the provinces of Heilongjiang and Jilin as well as the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
This year northeast China is experiencing its biggest...
Proceedings for 2013 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction now available
Fri Aug 16 2013
The proceedings of the Fourth Session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction are now available. The Platform, a biennial forum with the latest goal of improving implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders, had taken place in Geneva in May 2013. After four days of presentations and discussions, the Fourth Session called...
Vietnam: Imagery available from VNREDSat-1 satellite
Thu Aug 15 2013
Based on initial successes, the Vietnamese VNREDSat-1 satellite launched on 7 May 2013 on a VEGA rocket, is efficiently meeting the initial demands for remote sensing images for observing natural resources, environment, and natural disasters. VNREDSat-1 is Vietnam's first Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster monitoring satellite, constituting a new development of space technology in...
Bolivian communications satellite to be launched in December
Wed Aug 14 2013
The director of the Bolivian Space Agency, Ivan Zambrana, has confirmed that the Chinese-funded communications satellite Tupac Katari will be launched into space on 20 December 2013. Satellite Tupac Katari will reduce the cost of telecommunications not only in Bolivia but additionally in other Latin American countries that will have access to it. Mr. Zambrana recognized the relevance of the...
India: Developing a satellite-linked disaster warning system in Gujarat
Tue Aug 13 2013
The Indian state of Gujarat is planning a project to set up a satellite-linked disaster warning system along Gujarat's coastline to alert fishermen during adverse weather conditions. According to the statements made on 3 August 2003 by V Thiruppugazh, the executive director of Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority, the government is already working in the implementation of this project...
Armenia: Plans for own satellite programme
Tue Aug 13 2013
Armenia is planning to launch its own satellite programme. On 12 August 2013, the Head of Staff of the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Armenia, Gagik Grigoryan, sent an international application to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in order to register the country's right to satellite's orbital position, as the Armenian news agency ArmenPress reported.
Expert Meeting on Early Warning Systems: Final report now available
Mon Aug 12 2013
The report for the UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting on the use of space-based information for Early Warning Systems is now available. Having taken place from 24 to 26 June 2013, the meeting had brought together fifty two space technology and disaster management experts representing national, regional and international organizations, internationally active private companies and included representatives of...
Satellites help scientists and first responders to track fires around the globe
Mon Aug 12 2013
For more than a decade Earth-observing satellites have been scanning the surface of our planet searching for fires while scientists combine their space-based data to predict crucial fire behavior and therefore try to mitigate potential damages. In the western United States, California and Colorado, the 2013 wildfire season has started earlier than normal due to the favorable conditions for fire...
San Diego forest fire: Mobile satellite antenna systems facilitate response
Mon Aug 12 2013
During the massive forest fire that started in San Diego on 6 June 2013, first responders and broadcasters were supported with full communications infrastructure by mobile satellite antenna systems, which have undoubtedly showed their value in the emergency response field. By enabling high bandwidth communications, compact satellite technology can support both first responders in emergency...
East Africa: Remote Sensing satellites help monitor tectonic plates
Fri Aug 9 2013
The use of remote sensing techniques such as the Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) are helping scientists to better understand plate tectonics by providing patterns and consequences of activity that can help to get a clearer picture of a volcano’s behavior. For example, by using InSAR, scientists can monitor the moving apart of the two tectonic plates in the East African Rift...
How low-cost satellites could benefit emergency response
Wed Aug 7 2013
In September 2013, the private company Skybox Imaging will launch the first of 24 low-cost satellites into space with the potential of enabling first responders to see hourly snapshots of disaster-stricken areas, that could help identify which roads have collapsed after an earthquake or how quickly a forest fire is spreading. Nowadays, existing satellite imaging companies can't capture images...
Sudan: International Charter activated due to floods
Tue Aug 6 2013
Due to heavy rain and floods in Sudan, the International Charter was activated on 6 August 2013 in order to aid and support emergency responders in the country with space-based information. Many areas of Sudan have suffered the effects of the floods but the most affected has been Khartoum State, where 38 people have been killed, dozens more are left injured and 7,259 homes have been destroyed....
NASA's Terra satellite spots Tropical Storm Jebi over Vietnam
Tue Aug 6 2013
On 3 August 2013, NASA's Terra satellite captured an infrared image of Tropical Storm Jebi as it was tracking north of Hanoi after making its second landfall in Vietnam. Jebi is the fifth tropical cyclone to affect Vietnam in 2013, which as reported by the officials from the Quang Ninh province flood and storm response department, has caused several damages to the country that include...
Myanmar: International Charter activated for floods
Mon Aug 5 2013
On 2 August 2013, the International Charter was activated by request of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) on behalf of UNDP, with the aim of supporting Myanmar to deal with the damages that flash floods, heavy rains and landslides have caused in the southeastern part of the country.
The country of Myanmar suffers...
India: INSAT-3D can speed search and rescue operations
Fri Aug 2 2013
On July 25, 2013 the Indian meteorological satellite INSAT-3D was successfully launched, equipped with search and rescue payload that will facilitate speedy search and rescue operations to India and surrounding regions. These mechanisms on board of the INSAT-3D pick up and relay alert signals originating from the distress beacons of maritime, aviation and land based users and relays them to the...
Natural Resources Canada launches new website for NEODF-Cat
Fri Aug 2 2013
The efforts of Natural Resources Canada for improving and increasing web accessibility have resulted in the decision of moving the NEODF-Cat web presence to a new web portal known as the National Earth Observation Data Framework Catalogue (NEODF-Cat) on 1 August 2013. The so-called NEODF Catalogue is a key element for the correct functioning of the National Earth Observation Data Framework (NEODF...
USA: Satellite data can improve landslide monitoring prediction
Thu Aug 1 2013
According to a group of researchers from the University of California, satellite data give crucial and reliable information for identifying, especially in remote mountainous regions, hotspots for landslides as well as for predicting these events, reducing therefore their potentially devastating effects.
Recognizing the limitations of ground-based observations in many developing countries due to...
Pakistan: SUPARCO hosts COSPAS-SARSAT Search and Rescue Exercises
Wed Jul 31 2013
Two Search and Rescue (SAR) exercises and a basic SAR training course were hosted by the Pakistan Rescue Coordinate Centre (PARCC). PARCC is a part of the satellite ground segment of the COSPAS-SARSAT programme of SUPARCO (UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Pakistan) and installed at Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA), which is responsible for all matters of aircraft in Pakistan....
NASA's Aqua satellite shows wildfires in central Russia
Tue Jul 30 2013
On July 25, 2013 the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured valuable images from the Khanty-Mansiyskiy and Yamal-Nenetskiy districts of Russia, showing the smoke billowing from large fires that have been affecting this region during the month of July.
Due to an intense heat wave in central Russia, the Taiga forests of Siberia became the...