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...
USA: Satellites capture Colorado Wildfires
Fri Jun 14 2013
NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites with their Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors captured Black Forest fires in Colorado on June 12, 2013, as NASA reported on their website.
"When the National Interagency Fire Center released its 2013 wildfire outlook in early June, it did not forecast unusually high fire risk for Colorado. Most of the Rockies received some relief...
NASA: TRMM Satellite Captured Tropical Storm Andrea
Thu Jun 13 2013
The first storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Andrea started on the late afternoon of June 5th, 2013 with a low pressure and continued throughout the whole week over the southeast of Gulf of Mexico. The storm had weakened considerably but it is still packed enough to effect Florida's Gulf coast and still carries very heavy rains causing flooding.
The Tropical Rainfall Measuring...
Call for papers: IJIDF Special Issue on Natural Disasters
Thu Jun 13 2013
The International Journal of Image and Data Fusion (IJIDF) is calling for papers for their new special issue on Natural Disasters. Image and data fusion plays an important role in natural disaster prediction and assessment. The use of multisource data at various levels improves the availability and quality of information derived. Especially in the case of natural distasters it is important not...
COPUOS: Celebrating 50 Years of Women in Space
Thu Jun 13 2013
Valentina Tereshkova made her historic space flight as the first woman in outer space on 16 June 1963. The 2013 session of Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) - currently taking place in Vienna - marks the fiftieth anniversary of cosmonaut Tereshkova's historic space flight, using this unique opportunity to commemorate it from the perspective of women pioneers in advanced space...
Big data: Satellite Image delivered in only 11 Minutes
Wed Jun 12 2013
DMCii (DMC International Imaging Ltd) and long-term partner Spacemetric, have successfully delivered an image from satellite to end-user in just 11 minutes, as part of a demonstration at the European Space Agency’s ‘Big Data from Space’ conference, where industry experts discuss how to distribute large volumes of data from space to the people that need it.
An image of Rome (where the event is...
Europe: Satellite measures pre-flood record soil moisture
Fri Jun 7 2013
Massive floods have heavily affected regions in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and other European countries over the past days taking at least five human lives and causing damages of a yet undetermined extent. In order to better prepare for such floods in the future, satellites such as ESA's SMOS could help to improve the accuracy of flood prediction by measuring the soil moisture. Prior to the...
West Africa: ECOWAS emergency disaster management meeting
Fri Jun 7 2013
To strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of West African countries to natural disasters, the ECOWAS secretariat in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city, Tuesday began hosting a three-day consultative meeting of the Regional Committee for Disaster Management in West Africa (GECEAO).
Opening the meeting, the Nigerian Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Mailafia, charged the participants...
South Korea: Earth Observation Satellite to be launched in August
Thu Jun 6 2013
On August 2013, a Russian rocket will launch South Korea’s latest multipurpose Arirang-5 satellite, Seoul's science ministry said last week.
The Russian news agency RiaNovosti reported: "The rocket will blast off from the Yasny launch center in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals. A backup launch date has been set for August 23, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said.
India: Navigation Centre inaugurated
Tue Jun 4 2013
On 28 May, 2013, the Indian Space Research Organisation unveiled a new Navigation Centre in Bangalore Rural Disctrict, as The Economic Times reported. The new Centre (INC) will serve the proposed Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), a constellation of seven satellites that will enable users to determine their precise location and time.
The Centre is located at the Indian Deep...
Germany: International Charter activated for Floods
Mon Jun 3 2013
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated for Germany in order to provide current satellite information for the floods in Saxony and Bavaria. Torrential rainfall in the South of Germany had caused rapid increase of river levels over the weekend.
A state of emergency has been declared in the cities of Passau and Rosenheim. The Bavaria flood alert service forecasts heavy...
Ukraine: Earth Observation Data for Agriculture Monitoring and Forecasting
Mon Jun 3 2013
The Space Research Institute NASU-SSAU, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Ukraine, utilizes Earth observation (EO) data to support agriculture monitoring and operational forecasting of crop yield in Ukraine.
Every 16 days forecasts of winter wheat yield are provided upon arrival of new EO data and products. Due to the spring dry kill effects, many areas of winter wheat in southern regions of...
Study: Broadband Communication for Disaster Relief
Fri May 31 2013
A new study by the telecommunications expert in the Asia-Pacific TRPC and Prof John Ure (Hingkong University) sheds light on the use of broadband communication for disaster relief. The study "Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) Services and Broadband in Asia and the Pacific: A Study of Value and Opportunity Cost in the Assignment of Radio Spectrum" aims to estimate the costs...
India: Wireless Flood Early Warning Systems
Thu May 30 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office, ICIMOD (International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development) and its partner Aaranyak-India are developing and testing the establishment of flood early warning systems in selected rivers of the project area. The project aims to enhance community resilience to water-related hazards in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and is part of the Himalayan Climate Change...
Tangible Earth: The World's first interactive digital Globe
Wed May 29 2013
During the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva which took place last week, Prof Shinichi Takemura presented his invention: The Tangible Earth. The globe model - 1.28m in diameter - is interactive and dynamically visualizes scientific data, such as real-time weather (updated hourly through the internet), earthquake and tsunami, climate variations and global warming...
Pakistan: SUPARCO generates Earthquake Impact Area Maps
Tue May 28 2013
A strong earthquake measuring 7.8 magnitudes on the Richter scale struck Southern Iran close to Pakistan-Iran border on April 16, 2013 at 1044 Hours GMT. The earthquake epicenter was 76 km deep and affected south-western bordering areas of Pakistan near Iranian border.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan requested SUPARCO - the National Space Agency of Pakistan and UN-...
Nigeria: Mapping Vulnerable Flood Areas
Mon May 27 2013
The website Thidaylive.com reported that the Nigerian National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had carried out mapping of all the communities likely to be affected by the predicted 2013 flood as part of its preparedness against disaster occurrence in the country.
"NEMA’s Director General, Alhaji Mohammad Sani Sidi, explained that the agency’s action plan during a meeting with the Kogi State...