natural disaster

DLR’s Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer to monitor natural disasters sent to ISS

The DLR Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS). Image: DLR/CC-BY 3.0.

An Earth sensing imaging spectrometer which can monitor natural disasters such as wildfires, floods, and droughts through the scan of multiple bands of

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Thu, 12/07/2018 - 10:45

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre releases new World Atlas to tackle land degradation and desertification

Image: UNU

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) published a new edition of its World Atlas of Desertification (WAD3) on 21 June 2018. The publication and related website show that population growth and changes in consumption patterns put unprecedented pressure on the planet's natural resources.


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Mon, 09/07/2018 - 10:48

China launches new Earth observation satellites to monitor disasters

An image captured by the 16m resolution multispectral wide-angle colour camera on the Gaofen-6 earth observation satellite. Image: CNS/RADI/CAS.

China launched its latest Earth observation satellite, Gaofen-6, which will be for disaster monitoring and agricultural research on 2 June.


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Tue, 12/06/2018 - 10:06

A new information system for disaster management in the Andean region supports risk analysis

The RIESGOS project (Spanish for “risks”) is an initiative from the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) and other project partners to develop a multi-risk

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Wed, 03/01/2018 - 16:29

Earthquake in Philippines-the International charter has been activated

Philippines from space. Image courtesy of ESA

A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on 10 February 2017. According to the Cable News Network of the United States (CNN), more than 6 people were killed, about 120 were injured and more than a thousand homes have been destroyed. A state of calamity has been declared at the Surigao City, where access to electricity and water was lost.


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Wed, 15/02/2017 - 08:31

NASA’s Images of change show human impact on Earth

Images courtesy of NASA.

NASA’s platform Images of Change has added new series of images that show how the mankind has changed the planet. The images were being captured over time and then compared; the changes can be seen clearly. They show e.g. shrinking glaciers, deforestation, urbanization, lake level fluctuations and other phenomenon.


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Sat, 04/02/2017 - 07:11

Natural Disasters Information for Latin America and the Caribbean

Drought in Honduras. Courtesy of CIAT

8.2 million people have been affected by natural disasters from January to August 2016 in Latin America and the Caribbean according to the “Humanitarian Bulletin” for the region, a publication of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recently.


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Thu, 10/11/2016 - 06:19

ADB to train officials in Philippines and Bangladesh on satellite-based tools

Damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines in 2013 (Image: Eoghan Rice - Trócaire / Caritas)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will train government and community officials as well as volunteers in the Philippines and Bangladesh in the use of satellite-based tools to face natural disasters.


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Fri, 24/04/2015 - 09:44

Signalert: Crowdmapping app for disaster management

Screenshot of SIGNALERT crowdmapping app (Image: Signalert SARL)

SIGNALERT is a free smartphone app that enables citizens to report, be aware and manage the experiences with natural or manmade disasters, climate change or pollution at global level.


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Fri, 06/03/2015 - 08:12

Earthquakes: Australian team presents damage assessment system

A 7.1 level earthquake was recreated during the event

While recreating a 7.1 level earthquake, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) members demonstrated the potential of


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Mon, 26/08/2013 - 14:25


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