Vietnam: International Charter activated for Typhoon Nari
Mon Oct 21 2013
The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" was activated on 18 October 2013 in order to provide space-based information supporting storm and flood response efforts in Vietnam. Typhoon Nari had made landfall on the central coast of Vietnam on 15 October, with maximum winds of 102 kph, and caused floods that inundated thousands of homes and left 11 people dead.
The mechanism was...
Philippines: Interactive earthquake map of Bohol
Mon Oct 21 2013
The GIS software provider Esri published an interactive earthquake map of Bohol and Cebu, Philippines, to help government organisations in their disaster response efforts, following a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in the central island of Bohol on 15 October 2013, as futuregov.asia reported. The map is based on earthquake data from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Russian Space Agency proposes to remove satellite resolution restriction
Fri Oct 18 2013
The Russian Federal Space Agency ROSCOSMOS has prepared proposals for the Ministry of Defense, proposing that restrictions on the distribution of satellite data at resolution of less than 0.5 meters from the Russian civilian satellites are lifted, as Sensors&Systems reported.
"We are for the lifting of all restrictions, because it constrains us. The spacecraft is up and running, but you...
India: Building a tsunami early warning system
Thu Oct 17 2013
India is building a tsunami early warning system in the South China Sea, which is likely to be operational in the next 10 months, as The Economic Times reported. The need for the establishment of such a system had become very obvious during the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean causing widespread destruction.
The Economic Times reported: "Two years ago, the issue of having such a system in...
SPOT Vegetation: New portal for free satellite data
Wed Oct 16 2013
The research organisation VITO has launched a new portal that makes accessible SPOT Vegetation data: www.vito-eodata.be. All VEGETATION products older than three months are available free of charge.
VITO elaborates: "For SPOT-VEGETATION users, the main difference with the previous portal is, that all VEGETATION products older than three months are freely available: the P-, global S1 and S10...
Digital Globe launches foundation to foster geospatial education
Wed Oct 16 2013
The satellite company DigitalGlobe issued a press release on 11 October announcing the establishment of DigitalGlobe Foundation. This nonprofit organization is aimed at supporting the "growth of the next generation of geospatial technology professionals" by providing grants to individuals at military and civilian academic institutions that need access to imagery, information, expertise...
United Nations celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction
Mon Oct 14 2013
On 13 October 2013, the United Nations observed the 2013 International Day for Disaster Reduction. This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is on some one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability. Representing one-fifth of the world's population, persons living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the...
ESA: Gravity mapping satellite is nearing end of mission
Fri Oct 11 2013
ESA's Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) mission will end this year. It has begun its decent towards Earth and will be reentering our atmosphere probably in mid-October. Having nearly tripled its planned lifetime, this Gravity field and steady-state mission has successfully mapped variations in Earth’s gravity with extreme detail.
ESA reports: "Scientists further exploited these...
Southeast Asian Nations collaborate on satellite fire data
Fri Oct 11 2013
Future.gov reported that the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have formally agreed to adopt the haze monitoring system and share satellite data to help locate fires.
The $100,000 monitoring system developed in Singapore will be implemented in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and Thailand. By comparing high resolution imagery with land use and concession maps of...
UN Survey reveals: Needs of people with disabilities neglected in disasters
Thu Oct 10 2013
The results of the first-ever UN global survey of persons living with disabilities on how they cope with disasters, illustrates why they die, or are injured, in disproportionate numbers in disasters, as UNISDR reported. An estimated 15% of the world’s population lives with some form of disability.
The survey revealed that people living with disabilities across the world say they are rarely...
ISS: Developing a multi-user system for Earth Sensing
Wed Oct 9 2013
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and its partner Teledyne Brown Engineering signed an agreement on 1 October 2013 to develop an instrument for the Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES), which will be mounted on the International Space Station (ISS).
"Aerospace has no greater task than to observe Earth and its ecosystems from space. It is effective to use existing platforms, such as the ISS...
Ukraine: EU ratifies agreement on satellite navigation cooperation
Wed Oct 9 2013
On 8 October 2013, the European Parliament ratified an agreement on jointly developing a civil global navigation satellite system (GNSS) with Ukraine, as the Ukraine News Agency Interfax announced.
Interfax reported: "The agreement envisages the creation of ground-based infrastructure - three ranging and integrity monitoring stations (RIMS) in Ukraine under the European Geostationary...
China: Fengyun Weather Satellite successfully launched
Tue Oct 8 2013
In late September, China's Long March 4C launch vehicle has launched the Fengyun 3C meteorological satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.
SpaceFlight101 reported: "The Fengyun 3C (=Wind & Clouds) satellite is the third in China's second-generation of operational low-orbiting meteorological satellites built by the Shanghai Academy of Space Technology. The FY-3...
ESA: Making satellite flood maps easily available
Mon Oct 7 2013
The European Space Agency ESA has helped to create a service that makes flood maps available simply via the Internet. In a disaster flood situation, ground and airborne sensors often reach their limits due bad weather, cloud covers or inaccessible terrain. The availability of satellite data is therefore crucial.
ESA has collaborated with Capgemini, GeoVille Information Systems, Vienna University...
India and US to launch joint weather satellite
Fri Oct 4 2013
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will jointly build and launch an all-weather satellite to support disaster and risk management, understanding movement of tectonic plates to climate change and estimation of crop and tree cover, as reported the Deccan Chronicle.
“It is the turning point in India-US...
Haiti: New geoportal for spatial and environmental data launched
Fri Oct 4 2013
After four years of field research and analytic support provided to the Republic of Haiti and multiple partners there, the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) has launched the Haiti GeoPortal, as CIESIN reported on their website.
CIESIN elaborates: "The Haiti Geoportal is a platform for spatial and environmental data and resources from ongoing research in Haiti as...
UNISDR issues third call for abstracts for GAR15
Fri Oct 4 2013
The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) is issuing a Third Call for Abstracts as part of the development of the 2015 Global Assessment Report (GAR15). The GAR15 will be published prior to the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2015, in which governments will adopt a successor framework to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).
The Third Call for Abstracts of the...
Italy: Satellites show Venice sinking
Wed Oct 2 2013
Researchers at the University of Padua, Italy, have found satellite-based evidence that the city of Venice keeps sinking. In their article titled "Natural versus anthropogenic subsidence of Venice", Pietro Teatini and his colleagues explain: "During the last two decades, satellites instrumented with SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensors provided excellent data for detecting land...
NASA satellites sees Mount Etna again showing activity
Tue Oct 1 2013
Sicily’s massive Etna volcano is again showing signs of life after a 4 month pause, as NASA Earth Observatory is reporting. "Beginning on September 3, 2013, the Osservatorio Etneo (Etna Observatory) observed explosions and puffs of ash at the summit craters and New Southeast Crater. Over the next few weeks explosions became more frequent. Boris Behncke, a volcanologist at the Osservatorio Etneo...
COSPAS-SARSAT: 4th National Coordination Committee Meeting held in Pakistan
Mon Sep 30 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Pakistan, SUPARCO, has been participating in the international humanitarian satellite-aided search and rescue COSPAS-SARSAT Programme since 1990 as a ground segment provider. The programme provides global distress alert and location data free of charge and on non-discriminatory basis. It utilizes satellites and ground facilities to detect and locate ships,...