Every February, Member States and observers of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) meet at the United Nations Office at Vienna to carry out the annual session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of COPUOS. This year, the STSC conducted its 53rd session from 15 to 26 February 2016. As in previous years, the UN-SPIDER programme reported to the STSC on its annual activities. In this session, Mr.
UN-SPIDER published a new recommended practice in its Knowledge Portal outlining detailed step-by-step procedures to support drought monitoring. The practice was developed by researchers from the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil (UFSM). The procedure has been used to elaborate drought-related maps for Brazil in recent years.
UN-SPIDER published a new recommended practice with detailed step-by-step procedures to support drought monitoring. The practice was developed by the Federal University of Santa Maria in Brazil (UFSM).
New recommended practice on drought monitoring published
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of Uruguay (MGAP) launched in December 2015 a three-year long pilot project to test the viability of a drought insurance scheme based on the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). The pilot project will benefit individual cattle farmers and is being implemented by the Agriculture Policy and Planning Office (OPYPA) of MGAP. The pilot project is one of the efforts carried out by MGAP in the context of adaptation to
The Colombian Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER (IGAC) has provided a new Recommended Practice with detailed step-by-step procedures on how to derive useful information from satellite imagery.
The Colombian Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER has provided a new recommended practice. The practice deals with the changes in the extent of water bodies during El Niño and La Niña events based on optical satellite imagery.
During a news conference in Geneva on 16 November 2015, the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr. Michel Jarraud, commented that the “Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and sub-tropical zones bear the hallmarks of this
According to the September – October 2015 edition of the “Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and Caribbean” which is published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.2 million people have been affected by disasters from January to October 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Booklet "Effective use of Space-based information to monitor disasters and its impacts: Lessons Learnt from Drought in Iran" prepared by Iranian Space Agency now published. This is the second booklet of the series of publications on experiences and best practices by UN-SPIDER's RSOs in the application of Space-based information in disaster risk reduction and emergency response.
Effective use of Space-based information to monitor disasters and its impacts: Lessons Learnt from Drought in Iran