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.
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 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).
ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) is recruiting experts for two Specialist Task Forces (STFs) which will support the standardization work of the working group SatEC. ETSI hosts in the technical committee TC-SES (satellite earth stations) standardization activities on
A recent study conducted with eleven member States of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that “all respondents reported that their DRR funding has either slightly, or significantly, increased since the launch of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) in 2005”, as UNISDR reported.
The European Space Agency has launched SuperSites Exploitation Platform (SSEP), a cloud-based geohazards research platform that allows researchers to access geodata for natural hazards in geologically active regions, including information from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), GPS crustal deformation measurements, and earthquakes.
"Mind the Risk: A global ranking of cities under threat from natural disasters" is the title of a recent report published by the reinsurance company Swiss Re. Looking at both human and economic risks faced by urban communities, the study puts Asia's megacities (Tokyo, Manila, Hong Kong-Guangzhou) on the top of the list for population-at-risk while European and US cities (Amsterdam-Rotterdam, Los Angeles, New York) lead the ranking for the highest loss potential.