Africa

Africa starts using the potential of space technology

Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden from the International Space Station (Image: NASA)

In recent years, many African countries have started using the potential and usefulness of space technology more and more, as an article in The Conversation points out. In sub-Saharan Africa, these are mostly Nigeria and South Africa.

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Tue, 12/05/2015 - 13:56

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Digital Globe: First complete satellite imagery base map of Africa now available

All african countries are covered in the first complete satellite imagery base map of the continent. (Image: NASA)

DigitalGlobe announced on 28 April 28 the first complete and consistent high resolution satellite imagery base map for Africa. The map is unique through its high level of detail: a 50 cm ground resolution for all countries in Africa. It is the first map that covers the whole continent and not only small areas of interest.

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Tue, 28/04/2015 - 11:32

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Algeria: Alsat-2A satellite imagery shows vegetation recovering after forest fires

Image of Aïn Témouchent province captured by Alsat-2A on 12 March 2015 (Image: ASAL)

Through satellite-bases research, the Algerian Space Agency ASAL has found a positive vegetation recovering of the forest areas located in the Aïn Témouchent province after the damages caused by wildfires in 2014.

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Fri, 17/04/2015 - 08:28

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Tanzania: New agency for disaster risk reduction

Flooding in Tanzania in 2010 (Image: NASA)

Tanzania will create a new agency for emergency

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Wed, 08/04/2015 - 11:52

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South Africa plans to launch Earth observation satellite in 2019

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, captured by the Proba-V satellite in January 2015 (Image: ESA/VITO)

South Africa will launch an Earth observation satellite in 2019, as the head of the South African National Space Agency Sansa, Sandile Malinge, announced to a newspaper.

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Tue, 07/04/2015 - 07:04

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Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)

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RCMRD

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

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At a glance: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Kenya is hosted by the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD).

Available expertise: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office hosted by RCMRD has staff with varied expertise in applied geo-informatics and geo-management with the combined experience of more than 35 years of its existence.

Facilities and infrastructure:

RCMRD has 3 computer laboratories, 4MBps up/down Internet, 2 Satellite dishes for products download and state of the art servers for geoprocessing.

Available databases and space-based information: 

Space Based:

  • Landsat Products- MSS,TM, ETM (+)
  • Envisat Products- MERIS, ASAR, ATSAR
  • EUMETSAT Products- MSG, METOP,SAF-LSA, SEVIRI,VGT4Africa, MODIS Fire, etc
  • SPOT SCENE Coverage
  • QUICKBIRD/WORLDVIEW Coverage
  • IKONOS/GEOEYE Coverage, etc

 

Other datasets:

  • Selected topographic maps
  • Regional vector databases

 

About the host institution: 

RCMRD, established in 1975, is a premier centre of excellence in the provision of geo-information and allied information communication applications. As part of its mandate, RCMRD, through its programme on early warning, offers capacity building, research, development and innovation services utilizing space technology for disaster risk reduction, disaster management and emergency response.

Capacity Building: 

  • CREST hydrological model
<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Mr. Laurent Vincent Mtaroni</em><br /> Ag. Dir Remote Sensing, GIS and Mapping Department<br /> +25472 3786161<br /> <a href="lvmtaroni@rcmrd.org">lvmtaroni@rcmrd.org</a></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Alternative Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Denis Macharia</em><br /> Disaster Lead, RCMRD/SERVIR-Africa<br /> Phone +25472 3786161<br /> <a href="mailto:dmacharia@rcmrd.org">dmacharia@rcmrd.org</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development<br /> Off Kasarani Road<br /> Nairobi<br /> Kenya<br /> <a target="_blank" title="http://www.rcmrd.org" href="http://www.rcmrd.org">http://www.rcmrd.org</a></p>

Nigeria Regional Support Office

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Nigeria
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At a glance: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) in Nigeria is hosted by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). The RSO in Nigeria was established in 2008 with the mandate to promote and support the use of space technology within and outside of Nigeria for the management of the full disaster cycle including prevention and mitigation.

Available expertise: 

The UN-SPIDER Nigeria RSO is staffed with three technical experts in remote sensing and GIS. The RSO has a Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Ile-ife, Osun State. Nigeria is in collaboration with the UNOOSA African Regional Centre for Space Science and Technology Education.
The office is equipped with three desktop workstations, one A3 desktop scanner, one Laserjet printer and broadband internet service (230 kbps).

Available databases and space-based information: 

The RSO just concluded the archiving of Landsat thematic mapper and enhanced thematic mapper images covering all of Nigeria. The images' dates range from the 1980s to 2004. The imagery is multispectral with a spatial resolution of 28.5 metres. Images are acquired from the University of Maryland Global Landcover Facility, USA (http://ftp.glcf.umd.edu/data/landsat). The RSO also compiled NigeriaSat-1 satellite imagery for Niger with a spatial resolution of 32 metres.

About the host institution: 

The UN-SPIDER Nigeria RSO is hosted by the National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA).  NASRDA is a research institutions that is under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology of Nigeria.

The Agency was established on May 5, 1999 with the broad objective to pursue the development and application of space science and technology for the socio-economic benefits of the nation.

Its vision is to make Nigeria build indigenous expertise in developing, designing and building appropriate hard- and software in space technology as an essential tool for its socio-economic development and enhancement of the quality of life of its people.

<p><strong>Main Contact</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Godstime James</em><br /> Coordinator, UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Nigeria<br /> Remote Sensing and GIS Expert<br /> +234-8022739154<br /> <a href="mailto:godstimej@gmail.com" target="_blank">godstimej@gmail.com</a><br /> </p> <p><strong>Alternative Contact</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Shaba Halilu</em><br /> Director, Department of Strategic Space Applications<br /> +234-8037874003<br /> <a href="mailto:drhalilu@yahoo.com" alt="drhalilu@yahoo.com" title="drhalilu@yahoo.com">drhalilu@yahoo.com</a></p> <p><strong>Address</strong><br /> National Space Research and Development Agency<br /> Obasanjo Space Center, Pyakassa Junction<br /> PMB 437 Garki, Abuja, Nigeria<br /> <a href="http://www.nasrda.gov.ng" target="_blank">http://www.nasrda.gov.ng</a></p>

Algeria Regional Support Office

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Algeria

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) in Algeria is hosted by the Algerian Space Agency (Agence Spatiale Algerienne, ASAL). It was established during the third African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development on 7 December 2009 in Algiers.

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37

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At a glance: 

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) in Algeria is hosted by the Algerian Space Agency (Agence Spatiale Algerienne, ASAL). It was established during the third African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development on 7 December 2009 in Algiers.

This RSO, which covers both North Africa and the Sahel region, was established as a part of the Central Agency for Civil Protection. In case of an emergency, it will liaise between the end-users of space-based information and the Algerian Space Agency, which will act as a value-adder to space-derived data.

 

<p>RSO Algeria Coordinator:<br/> Ms. Nacima RACHEDI<br/> <a href="http://www.asal.dz" target="_blank">http://www.asal.dz</a></p>

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