Regional Support Office

Federal University of Santa Maria joins network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices

Federal University of Santa Maria Logo. Image: University of Santa Maria.

The Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) has become the newest member of the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices, which now consists of 24 institutions around the world. The agreement between the University and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) was signed on 27 May 2020 and is valid for three years. UFSM’s main campus is located in the city of Santa Maria, Brazil. The University also operates three additional campuses in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

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Wed, 17/06/2020 - 11:43

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Brazil Regional Support Office

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Brazil
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-30

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In its role as the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Brazil, the Federal University of Santa Maria has designated two of its Academic Centres to contribute to this task:

  • The Center for Rural Sciences (CCR), which was created on 31 August 1970 with the mission to be a Centre of excellence in teaching, research and extension, and to be recognized nationally and internationally. The CCR seeks to encourage the production of new knowledge, training professionals with technical and scientific knowledge committed to socio-environmental problems. Today, CCR has 181 technical-administrative staff in education, 204 teachers and more than two and a half thousand students distributed in undergraduate and graduate courses.
  • The Polytechnic College, which has been established as a basic, technical and technological education unit to offer different alternatives to professional education with the aim of training professionals to address the needs of the society constantly in transformation. The College offers a bachelor's programme, 15 technical courses, 4 technological courses and two post-graduate courses, one of them at the master's level. The mission of the Polytechnic College is to promote and provide basic education, initial and continuing education, technical education for middle-level professionals and technological education.

About the host institution: 

The Federal University of Santa Maria was the first federal university created in outside a Brazilian capital. The main campus is situated in the central region of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in the City of Santa Maria. The other three campuses are situated in three cities of the State: Federico Westphalen, Palmeira das Missões and Cachoeira do Sul.

With a community of more than 30,000 students, faculty and administrative staff, UFSM offers tuition-free programmes in a wide range of areas of knowledge, from secondary to postgraduate programmes. It is recognized - nationally and internationally - for excellence in teaching and research, for its student assistance program and for its continuous dialogue and interaction with various social actors, actively contributing to local and regional development.

The 2016-2026 Institutional Development Plan is based addresses seven institutional challenges: internationalization, innovative and transformative education with academic excellence; social inclusion; innovation, knowledge generation and technology transfer; modernization and institutional development; local, regional and national development; and environmental management.

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The Federal University of Santa Maria has its main campus in the city of Santa Maria and operates three additional campuses in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. The University has training units operating at different levels and currently offers 22 technical courses, 130 undergraduate courses, and 106 graduate courses, 12 of which are at the level of specialization, 59 at the level of Master’s degree, 34 at the doctorate level and one at the post-doctoral level. The university also offers 13 distance-learning courses.

 

<p><strong>Coordinators</strong><br /> <em>Prof. Dra. María Silvia Pardi Lacruz</em><br /> Colegio Politecnico da UFSM <br /> Tel.: +55 55 3220 9419, <br /> + 55 55 3220 9420 ext. 218 <br /> Email: <a href="spardilacruz@politecnico.ufsm.br">spardilacruz@politecnico.ufsm.br </a><a href=" spardilacruz@gmail.com"> spardilacruz@gmail.com</a> <a href="https://www.ufsm.br">https://www.ufsm.br</a></p> <em>Prof. Dr. Manoel de Araujo Sousa Junior</em><br /> Centro de Ciencias Rurais – CCR<br /> Tel.: +55 55 3220 6128<br /> Email: <a href="manoel@ufsm.br">manoel@ufsm.br</a> <a href="https://www.ufsm.br">https://www.ufsm.br</a></p>

Delta State University joins network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices

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Delta State University became the 23rd member of the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices (RSO) on 1 October. As an RSO, Delta State University will communicate and coordinate with UN-SPIDER on a regular basis, engage in outreach and capacity-building efforts, and contribute to the programme’s technical advisory support activities.

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Tue, 23/10/2018 - 09:41

United States of America Regional Support Office

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Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies, Delta State University
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34

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-91

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Delta State University logoDelta State University is a Carnegie Master’s level research and teaching university located in rural northwestern Mississippi.  The geographic information technology (GIT) mission of the University is to provide first-rate education and technical training within the region, foster technology development and transfer to Mississippi’s government and business sectors, and to develop an institutional center of expertise and knowledge for the region.

The institution joined the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices on 1 October 2018.

Talbot J. Brooks Director Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies Delta State University tbrooks@deltastate.edu

Mexico Regional Support Office

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Mexico
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19

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-99

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The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is a decentralized agency of the Federal Government of Mexico, under the supervision of the Secretariat of Communication and Transport. It was officially created in 2010, whilst started operations in 2013. Its mission is to use science and space technology to meet the needs of the Mexican population and to promote innovation and the development of the space sector in Mexico, contributing to the peaceful use of outer space.

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) signed a Cooperation Agreement in Sept. 2016 to incorporate AEM as a Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER programme under the UNOOSA framework.

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AEM Is the national space agency of Mexico with the goal of transforming Mexico into a country with scientific and technological development activities that can compete at the international level through the development of industrialization programs and frontier‐technology services for social development impact. There is a group of experts working at the AEM in its four strategic areas: 1) International Affairs and Space Security; 2) Industrial Development; 3) Human Capital and; 4) Research and Science.

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About the host institution: 

Dr. Javier Mendieta Jiménez, General Director

Avenida Insurgentes Sur # 1685,
Guadalupe Inn, Mexico City, mexico. C.P. 01020

+52 (55) 3691 1310

contacto [at] aem.gob.mx

Capacity Building: 

In recent years AEM has been supporting the UN-SPIDER programme through the provision of experts to conduct technical advisory missions to Central American countries. Currently, AEM is a partner to the SEWS-D project, and coordinates the activities between the parties involved, and provides support in managing the project. In 2017 AEM provided support to UN-SPIDER to develop a workshop and conferences at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to be held in May in Cancun, Mexico.

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Mr. Julio Cesar Castillo Urdapilleta</em><br /> Space Security Director<br /> Mexican Space Agency<br /> +52-5536911310 ext. 85220<br /> <a href="mailto:Castillo.julio@aem.gob.mx">Castillo.julio@aem.gob.mx</a></p> <p><strong>Alternative contact:</strong><br /> <em>Gustavo Arriaga Mendez</em><br /> Space Application Manager for civil protection<br /> Mexican Space Agency<br /> +52-5536911310 ext. 85228<br /> <a href="mailto:Arriaga.gustavo@aem.gob.mx">Arriaga.gustavo@aem.gob.mx</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Agencia Espacial Mexicana<br /> Avenida Insurgentes Sur 1685<br /> Guadalupe Inn, Mexico City<br /> Mexico</br> <a href="https://www.gob.mx/aem/" target="_blank">https://www.gob.mx.aem/</a></p>

AEM becomes UN-SPIDER's newest RSO

American Hemisphere (Image courtesy of NASA)

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) signed a Cooperation Agreement to incorporate AEM as the newest Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER programme that is managed by UNOOSA.  This Regional Support Office will contribute to efforts conducted by the Office in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

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Thu, 29/09/2016 - 06:28

Greece Regional Support Office

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Greece

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38

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24

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The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS/NOA) is one of the three institutes of the National Observatory of Athens, the oldest research institution of Greece. Between the main  activities of the Institute are basic and applied research in a number of topics relating to astrophysics, space science, remote sensing, and signal processing, as well as ground, and space based earth observation services. The institute is also committed to outreach and science dissemination for the general public.

IAASARS/NOA hosts the operations of BEYOND (www.beyond-eocenter.eu): a European Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation based monitoring of Natural Disasters, which situates IAASARS/NOA as a dynamic actor for multi-hazard management at regional, Mediterranean, and European level. BEYOND meets the clear need for operating a regional Centre for disaster risk assessment, and monitoring, and disaster mapping with remote sensing means. It systematically provides products and services mainly for South-Eastern Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. The IAASARS/NOA has successfully achieved, through the operations of BEYOND, to enhance its observational capacities, drawing new creative perspectives in EO-based disaster management and service delivery, while allowing sustainable collaborative schemes to be formed.

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IAASARS/NOA hosts a multi-disciplinary team of highly skilled researchers and senior engineers with hundreds of publications in peer reviewed journals, nominations and awards in different thematic areas such as Earth Observation (Land, Air, Water, Sea, and Security), Signal and Image Processing, SAR data and InSAR Processing, Data Fusion, Space Geodesy, Geo-Information Systems Development, Disaster Management, Emergency Response, Data Modelling and Assimilation, and Crowd Data Integration and Fusion. Through BEYOND it operates on a 24/7 basis observational infrastructures, for receiving and archiving Earth Observation raw data and higher level products. It maintains web interfaces for querying, retrieving and delivering the data and products to  the scientific and institutional user communities, and the wider public at national, regional, and global level.

Available databases and space-based information: 

Data Bases of archived satellite data and metadata with reference to MODIS, NPP, NOAA, FYI, MetOP, future NPOESS satellites, and mirror site for ESA Sentinels missions.

About the host institution: 

For more information on the host institution, visit:  http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/

 

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The BEYOND Center of Excellence substantially contributes to human, institutional and infrastructure capacity building, via the uptake of a crucial role in coordinating local and regional actors. It creates multi-directional communication and co-operation channels with research centers, and universities, as well as space agencies, international organizations, and institutional authorities all around Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, and the Balkans. It is not only building around new EO monitoring infrastructures, but also seeks to the effective integration and exploitation of the existing know-how, and skills, as well as the technical, and financial resources, in the context of the environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction. It deploys advanced modeling capacities to meet operational needs, for real-time multi-hazard assessment such as fires, and fire progression, smoke, dust, and toxic pollutant dispersion, flooding monitoring and flooding risk, as well as earthquake, volcanic, and landslide risk assessment and damage mapping. A lot of information is delivered in the form of services, providing new knowledge in the decision making process, for drawing mitigation and adaptation measures. In this context the BEYOND Center brings significant thrust towards the creating a "hub of excellence" in disaster monitoring and management at regional level.

<p><strong>Main Contact:</strong><br /> <em>Dr. Haris Kontoes</em><br /> Research Director of NOA<br /> Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing<br /> National Observatory of Athens<br /> +30-2103490088 <br /> <a href="mailto:kontoes@noa.gr ">kontoes@noa.gr </a></p> <p><strong>Alternative contact:</strong><br /> <em>Prof. Dr. Charmandaris Vassilis</em><br /> Director of IAASARS<br /> +30-2108109222<br /> <a href="mailto:charmandaris@noa.gr">charmandaris@noa.gr</a></p> <p><strong>Address:</strong><br /> Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing<br /> National Observatory of Athens<br /> Metaxa & Vas. Pavlou<br /> GR-15236 Athens<br /> Greece</p> <p><a href="http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/" target="_blank">http://www.astro.noa.gr/en/main/</a></p>

New Recommended Practice provided by Colombian Regional Support Office

Contraction and expansion of water bodies during La Niña event in Colombia

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.

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Thu, 28/01/2016 - 16:03

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EMERCOM strengthens ties with International Civil Defence Organisation

Russian Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov and Secretary-General of ICDO Vladimir Kuvshinov

The Russian Emergencies Ministry EMERCOM, host of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in the Russian Federation, is strengthening its collaboration with the International Civil Defence Organisation ICDO. Russian Minister of

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Wed, 18/02/2015 - 11:58

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International Charter: Project Manager Training in Vienna

Seven of UN-SPIDER's 17 Regional Support Offices participated in the Charter Project Manager training

On the sidelines of the 52nd session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), UN-SPIDER hosted a Project Manager (PM) training for the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters specifically for UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices in Vienna on 4 February 2015.

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Thu, 05/02/2015 - 08:29

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