Canada: International Charter activated for oil spill
Tue Jul 9 2013
The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 8 July 2013 to provide satellite imagery for the train derailment and consecutive oil spill and oil fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada. The mechanism was activated by Public Safety Canada.
An out-of-control driverless train containing 73 cars rolled into Lac-Mégantic at approximately 01:15 am ET on 06 July 2013...
EMERCOM joins forces with US Federal Emergency Management Agency
Mon Jul 8 2013
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry (EMERCOM) - UN-SPIDER's most recently gained Regional Support Office - and the USA Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are going to exchange experts during joint rescue operations in major disasters. This is provided by a protocol of the fourth meeting of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Working Group on Emergency Situations and...
WMO: Publication on a Decade of Climate Extremes
Fri Jul 5 2013
The World Meteorological Organization published the report "2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes". The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than...
Astronauts, DLR and the UN discuss Space and Sustainable Development
Fri Jul 5 2013
Yesterday, UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) alongside other UN agencies located in Bonn discussed with 80 astronauts about how space technologies can contribute to sustainable development and the environment.
Two key note presentations and a panel comprised of astronauts and UN experts emphasized that Space-based information allow...
Call for experts: UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Malawi
Wed Jul 3 2013
At the invitation of the Department of Disaster Management Affairs of Malawi the UN-SPIDER Programme will conduct a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Malawi from 14 October to 18 October 2013.
UN-SPIDER is currently contacting experts from the space and disaster management community to have the team defined by end of August. If your institution, organization, company or university is interested...
India: First navigation satellite launched
Tue Jul 2 2013
India’s first dedicated navigation satellite, the IRNSS-1A, developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation, was successfully put in orbit on Monday night, as the newspaper The Hindu reported on their website.
The report continues: "The launch vehicle, PSLV-C22, bearing the 1,425-kg navigation satellite, blasted off the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here at the...
International Charter: Project Manager training in Frascati
Tue Jul 2 2013
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER participated as a trainee and observer in the Project Manager (PM) training for the International Charter Space and Major Disasters. The two day training course on 27 and 28 June 2013 offered sessions on the objectives and processes of the Charter and others on the specific roles of Project Managers. Demonstration and simulation exercises allowed the trainees to learn the whole...
Hungary: Regional Support Office supports response to Danube floods
Mon Jul 1 2013
In early June this year, Hungary, along with Austria and Germany, was facing the largest-ever flood of the Danube. UN-SPIDER's Hungarian Regional Support Office (RSO) at Károly Róbert College, Gyöngyös, helped to manage the situation by processing archive satellite images, lidar data, highly precise orthophotos and hyperspectral and thermal data collection during the flood...
Canada: ISERV camera on International Space Station captures floods in Calgary
Mon Jul 1 2013
The "disaster cam" installed in the Destiny module window on the International Space Station (ISS) in January 2013 by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, captured digital images of downtown Calgary, Canada as is was inundated by floodwaters in June 2013. The camera is known as ISERV—the ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System.
NASA specified: "The top photo was acquired on June...
International Charter: DLR delivers satellite images for Indian flood assistance
Fri Jun 28 2013
Following severe flooding in northern India and Nepal, the Indian government activated the 'International Charter Space and Major Disasters' on 19 June 2013 at 10:30. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) tasked its radar satellite TerraSAR-X with acquiring images of the affected areas and made these available to the Indian civil protection authorities.
In India, the situation is far worse than first...
Nepal and India: Impacts of the 2013 Monsoon Floods
Thu Jun 27 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Nepal, ICIMOD, published an overview of the events following the heavy monsoon rains this past month in Nepal and India causing heavy flooding. In their brief note, the following questions are addressed: What kind of climatic events led to this disaster? Could anything have been done to reduce the loss of life and property? What can we learn from...
Philippines launch Disaster Conscious Month this July
Thu Jun 27 2013
The members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Region 2 (RDRRMC-2) in the Philippines are observing the National Disaster Consciousness Month this July.
Office of the Civil Defense Regional Director Norma Talosig, the RDRRMC-2 chair, said that all members of the council and other stakeholders will join a kick-off ceremony on July 1 where a thanksgiving mass, hataw...
Space-based information for Early Warning System: UN-SPIDER Expert Meeting in Bonn
Wed Jun 26 2013
On 26 June 2013, the UN-SPIDER Programme wrapped up a two-day expert meeting focusing on space-based applications in Early Warning Systems. Taking into consideration the role of early warning systems in minimizing damages and losses in case of disasters, UN-SPIDER co-organized the meeting with the Government of Germany and the German Aerospace Center (DLR); with the support of Secure World...
Himalayas: Satellite-based Rainfall Estimates
Mon Jun 24 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) issued a study on detailed assessment of the accuracy of NOAA CPC_RFE2.0 satellite rainfall estimates over the central Himalayas of Nepal.
The Hindu Kush Himalayan region is vulnerable to many types of hazards, and especially to floods and landslides. The results of the study indicate that the...
Canada: Capturing wildfires in Quebec
Fri Jun 21 2013
Satellites can easily detect what is not visible to the human eye. NASA's Aqua satellite acquired imagery of a large wildfire burning in Western Quebec on 19 June 2013, near the shoreline of Hudson Bay. By using its MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer), the satellite could detect hot spots with unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire - indicated by the red...
IGAC: Ready for the 2013 International Geomatic Week
Thu Jun 20 2013
On 30 September 2013, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, IGAC, will kick off the “Geomatic Week 2013” in Bogota, Colombia. The event aims at promoting academic and technological advances leading to the development of technologies, methodologies and applications in the field of Geomatics.
International Geomatic Week 2013 will particularly look at geospatial technologies and...
EMERCOM: New UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Russian Federation
Thu Jun 20 2013
On the sidelines of the 56th session of the annual meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UNOOSA and EMERCOM signed an agreement making EMERCOM UN-SPIDER's 16th Regional Support Office. EMERCOM is the Ministry of Russian Federation for Civil Deference, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters.
Regional Support Offices (RSO...
Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Output Documents available
Tue Jun 18 2013
The Fourth Session of the Global Platform took place from 19 to 23 May 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland. Two of the main output documents are now available: The Chair's Summary and the Communiqué of the High-Level Dialogue.
This final Chair's Summary is a comprehensive account and concise report that highlights the key messages that emerged and comments made following the Fourth Session of the...
Nigeria: Consultation of West Africa Disaster Management Committee
Tue Jun 18 2013
UNSPIDER's Regional Support Office (RSO) in Nigeria (National Space Research and Development Agency - NASRDA) participated in the 2013 annual consultation of the regional committee for disaster management in West Africa (GECEAO). The event was held in Abuja – Nigeria from 4th to 6th of June 2013. The forum was organised by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the...
Russia: Launch of four navigation satellites
Mon Jun 17 2013
Russia has plans to launch four more satellites for the Global Navigation Satellite System (Glonass) by this year-end, the Aerospace Defence Forces head said, as the website Zeenews reported.
“Three GLONASS satellites are scheduled to be launched on board of a Proton carrier rocket in July from the Baikonur space centre and another one is planned to be launched in December from the Plesetsk space...