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The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the floods.

Following heavy floods and landslides in Pakistan's Punjab and Kashmir provinces, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated to provide satellite-based disaster maps. The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA.

The International Charter reported: "The Punjab and Kashmir Provinces, on the border with India, have suffered the worst of the flooding, and the majority of the deaths in Pakistan took place in Punjab. After the heavy rain, rivers - including the Chenab - in Pakistan and India rose and flooded, sweeping downstream. The surge of water inundated villages and agricultural areas, as well as parts of nearby... read more

Publishing Date: 15/09/2014
MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite observed severe floods in Northern India an Nepal

On 18 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods in Uttar Pradesh, northern India, at the request of NRSC / ISRO in order to provide space-based product.

Heavy rains in the Himalayas have triggered flooding in many parts of India with up to 1500 villages affected, a death toll of over 60 and many more people missing. Major rivers and tributaries in the area have risen to dangerous levels, triggering an unprecedented flood situation.

A standard operating procedure (SOP) is in place, but the situation will be normal only if it stops raining in the catchment areas in both Nepal and India. Rescuers have been attempting to reach the villages via submerged roads, but local authorities are concerned by the lack of clean drinking water, food and sanitation.

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Publishing Date: 20/08/2014
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One of the first images acquired with Radarsat: Ross Island, Alaska, in 1997.

On 12 August 2014, MDA’s Information Systems group (MDA) signed a contract to continue to provide RADARSAT satellite data to the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of India.

This agreement, valid until June 2015, represents for MDA the continuation of a long-term relationship with NRSC, as well as with the Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO and the Government of India, as India has been using RADARSAT information since 1998.

For NRSC, the versatility of the RADARSAT-2 satellite makes it ideal for obtaining information for... read more

Publishing Date: 13/08/2014
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of current India's partners.

K Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), announced on 10 August 2014 that the Organisation plans to acquire the latest satellite platforms and payload technologies to develop and launch next generation communication satellites.

ISRO is looking for foreign partners and industrial alliances to acquire the technology and upgrade their current satellite platforms, allowing the space agency to meet the growing demand for broadband internet and rural telecom connectivity in India. The organisation also intents to replace aging satellites and enhance the observation capability to the... read more

Publishing Date: 11/08/2014
The Indian RESOURCESAT-2 provides remote sensing data

At the sidelines of the Sixth BRICS Summit, India and Brazil signed an agreement on 16 July 2014 which will facilitate Brazilian earth stations to receive and process data from Indian Remote Sensing satellites (IRS), as Geospatial World reported.

In his official statement, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid out the details of the agreement: "This Implementing Arrangement provides for the reception of data from AWiFS and LISS-III payloads of IRS satellites, including but not limited to the Resourcesat-2 at Cuiabá earth station in Brazil on a Government-to-Government cooperation basis."

The implementing agencies... read more

Publishing Date: 18/07/2014
Satellite Image of India

After the successful launch of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-23 carrying a payload of five satellites into orbit from Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota by the Indian Space Research Organization ISRO, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set out a proposal for a satellite to be developed and tasked exclusively for operation in Southern Asia. The aim of such a satellite would be to strengthen the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).

ISRO’s successful launch of payloads developed in France, Germany, Singapore and Canada was seen as a “global endorsement of India’s space... read more

Publishing Date: 07/07/2014

The Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has successfully launched the French SPOT-7 imaging satellite on 30 June 2014 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

The Earth Observation satellite SPOT-7 was constructed by Airbus Defence and Space (formerly EADS Astrium). It has an expected life span of ten years. The first SPOT satellite was launched in February 1986.

The  launch vehicle also carried five other smaller satellites along with SPOT-7: Canada’s CanX-4 and CanX-5, Germany’s AISSat-1, and Singapore’s two-satellite experiment VELOX-1." Various political leaders congratulated... read more

Publishing Date: 01/07/2014
Aerial view of Indian coasts, acquired on 5 October 2009.

Kerala Port Department, India, announced that a digital map of its entire coastline will be created before 2015. This map would be a consistent tool for many government agencies, including Kerala State Disaster Management Authority.

The project aims to create maps with multiple layers, including terrain features, depth of coastal waters and photos of landmarks in the area. The accessibility of complete measurements of the 580 kilometers long coastline would also represent a considerable gain in managing land disputes and protecting natural resources, besides improving navigation and security.

Publishing Date: 26/06/2014
PSLV C11 Rocket being readied to Launch

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that it will launch its next rocket PSLV C23 carrying the French remote sensing satellite SPOT 7, along with four others from Sriharikota spaceport at the end of June.

SPOT 7 is an Earth observing satellite, similar to Indian Remote Satellite System (IRSS). ISRO would use the core-only edition of the launch vehicle PSLV, the agency said. The satellites would be integrated with the launch vehicle on June 16 and heat shield check would be performed on June 18.

Publishing Date: 20/06/2014
India at Night

On 23 April, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) reported the successful orbital arrival of the second inclined geosynchronous orbiting (IGSO) satellite RNSS-1B. This satellite is part of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), which will eventually include seven satellite constellations. IRNSS-1B was part of a payload launched on board India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on 4 April 2014.

The first satellite of this constellation IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013. With two more satellites proposed to be launched later this year, the... read more

Publishing Date: 06/05/2014
INSAT 3D image of precipitation in India

The India meteorological spacecraft INSAT 3D - launched on 26 July 2013 - was declared operational on 15 January 2014.

The satellite carries a multi-spectral Imager, 19 channel sounder, Data Relay Transponder and Search and Rescue Transponder. The instruments are mainly used for meteorological purposes as well as for search and rescue. 

Now, the Indian Meteorological Department made available first sets of data and... read more

Publishing Date: 06/02/2014
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The Odisha Space Application Centre (ORSAC) will use... read more

Publishing Date: 09/12/2013

On 21 November 2013, UN-SPIDER participated in 18th Governing Board meeting of the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), affiliated to the United Nations, in Bangalore, India. The meeting approved the performance report and audit report of CSSTEAP for 2013, as well as its programme of work and budget for 2014. The governing board welcomed CSSTEAP's decision to increase its budget by 10% despite austerity measures by the Government and ratified several other decisions which includes organising special courses upon request of the member countries in respective countries, conducting short courses requested by the UN, hosting CSSTEAP alumni meetings in a number of countries and appealed member states to support (cash and in-kind) CSSTEAP.

The governing board was informed that CSSTEAP has trained 1,260 students from 35 countries in Asia and the Pacific and 29 students from outside Asia-Pacific region. A total of 115 students have... read more

Publishing Date: 04/12/2013
Crucial role that early warning actions and effective preparation activities

In mid-October, effective disaster planning, government cooperation, preparedness at the community level and early... read more

Publishing Date: 26/11/2013
Fires in northwestern India in 2005 seen from Space.

During the recent CEO’s Forum on Space Technology Applications for National Development in Sri Lanka, India’s National Remote Sensing Centre Deputy Director Dr. P.G. Diwakar highlighted the important impact that satellite technologies have in various sectors of development in India. This includes agriculture, transport, navigation, environmental protection, resource mapping, meteorology, disaster management and surveying. He named India as a success story in applying such technologies to development processes.

The Daily Mirror quoted Diwakar: "India has used satellite imaging... read more

Publishing Date: 23/10/2013
Multitemporal composite of radar satellite imagery

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 the South China Sea was raised in a meeting with the Regional Integrated Multi-... read more

Publishing Date: 17/10/2013
Bombay seen from space by ESA's Proba satellite.

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 relations,” Dr K. Radhakrishnan, the chairman of ISRO, told the newspaper, adding... read more

Publishing Date: 04/10/2013
he ultimate goal of this portal is to provide information

In a combined action to provide decision making tools, the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh, a north Indian state, have developed a new portal that brings all the spatial data on forests in Himachal Pradesh under a platform. This portal provides a SMS gateway, which facilitates communication between the Forest Department and the group of users from forest guard to the Headquarters level, helping for example, to check wildfires by sending bulk messages to the lowest field functionaries.

The ultimate goal of this... read more

Publishing Date: 20/08/2013
The government is already working in the implementation of this project

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.

Thiruppugazh stated that this project would help the government coordinate with other agencies effectively during adverse weather conditions.

Publishing Date: 13/08/2013
INSAT-3D equipped with search and rescue payload

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 mission control centre, improving the... read more

Publishing Date: 02/08/2013

From 22 to 26 July 2013, UN-SPIDER jointly with CSSTEAP (Centre for Space Science Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific), IWMI (International Water Management Institute) and UNESCAP organized an international training programme on flood risk mapping, modeling, and assessment using space technology. The training took place on the CSSTEAP premises in Dehradun, India.

Based on observations and recommendations of several technical advisory missions organised under the framework of UN-SPIDER in several countries, this international capacity building programme was conducted with a view of sharing latest developments in using space-based information for flood risk mapping and modelling. A total of 19 participants from 11 countries from Asia and the Pacific region attended the training programme.

The programme included theory lectures and experience sharing by the experts from IWMI, UN-SPIDER, Indian Institute of... read more

Publishing Date: 29/07/2013
India suffers of severe floods

The Indian State is strengthening efforts towards flood mapping using GIS to assess the of selected areas and therefore, be able to prepare the necessary disaster mitigation activities to prevent negative impacts of future floods.

“We are currently analysing the spread of water when released from dams", said an official from the State Government, "Suppose one lakh cusecs of water... read more

Publishing Date: 24/07/2013
IRNSS 1 A Launch

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,... read more

Publishing Date: 02/07/2013
Uttarakhand under water

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 thought. The heavy rains surprised the people in the disaster areas. So far, the floods are known to have killed more than 680 people and thousands are still missing;... read more

Publishing Date: 28/06/2013
Cumulative 3 day TRMM satellite rainfall estimate

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 this disaster for the future? With in-depth figures and facts, the experts look at the Mahakali river flood (transboundary river between Nepal and India), the intense monsoon precipitation levels in Central Nepal, and give an overview of the currently known impact of the floods on... read more

Publishing Date: 27/06/2013

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