Regional Support Office

Nigeria: NASRDA provides satellite imagery for resource monitoring

Parts of Nigeria seen from Space by NASA's Aqua satellite

The National Space Research and Development Agency of Nigeria (NASRDA), host of a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has provided relevant satellite datasets for resource monitoring, socio-economic and intelligent mapping across Nigeria and other parts of the globe, as the website Leadership has reported.


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Tue, 26/08/2014 - 11:23

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IGAC: New Satellite image processing system

MODIS image caught by NASA's Terra satellite shows floods in Colombia

The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Colombia, Instituto Geografico Agustin Codazzi (IGAC), has enhanced its capacities to create accurate maps and baselines by acquiring a GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) Satellite and Aerial processing system from the remote sensing software provider PCI


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Thu, 30/01/2014 - 11:47

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Asian Disaster Reduction Center publishes Natural Disasters Data Book 2012

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center, one of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Offices, has published the Natural Disasters Data Book 2012. The document provides the statistical perspectives in figures and tables for 2012 as well as for the period 1983-2012 based on data obtained by EM-DAT.

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Fri, 20/12/2013 - 14:47

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ICIMOD holds 44th Board Meeting

ICIMOD became a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in February 2013.

Representatives from regional member countries, Independent Board Members, and representatives from ICIMOD donor organizations came together for the 44th ICIMOD Board meeting from 28 to 30 November at ICIMOD Headquarters in Kathmandu. ICIMOD is host to UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in the Himalayan region.


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Thu, 19/12/2013 - 14:58

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Russia and Ukraine cooperate on disaster management

Fires in Russia seen from NASA's Aqua satellite

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in the Russian Federation, EMERCOM, and the Ukrainian State Emergency Service signed on 17 December 2013 an agreement on cooperation in the area of


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Thu, 19/12/2013 - 12:24

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UN-SPIDER's 4th Annual Meeting of Regional Support Offices

Participants of the 2013 Regional Support Office Meeting

UN-SPIDER inaugurated on 11 February 2013 its 4th Annual meeting of Regional Support Offices (RSOs) on the premises of the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. The meeting is a side event of the annual session of the Scientific and Technical Sub Committee of the Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) taking place from 11-22 February 2013. The meeting's participants included representatives from eleven of the thirteen RSOs and representatives of agencies from Russia, Indonesia and Nepal.


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Mon, 11/02/2013 - 12:24

Argentina Regional Support Office

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At a glance: 

The Argentinian National Space Activities Commission (CONAE) became the 13th UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office by signing a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). CONAE’s work as a Regional Support Office for UN-SPIDER includes promoting the development and strengthening of national capacities in Latin American and Caribbean countries, providing horizontal cooperation and technical assistance to the countries and organizations involved in disaster prevention and mitigation.

Available expertise: 

Remote Sensing applications related to:

  • Emergency Management
  • Human Health
  • Environmental and Natural Resources Monitoring
  • Socio-Economic Activities Monitoring
  • Climate, Hydrology and Oceanography
  • Cartography, geology and mining production
  • Territorial, urban and regional planning

Training activities in the region:

CONAE has organized several capacity building activities in the country and the region, related to all the remote sensing applications indicated above.

Long-term educational project on space information for young students (2MP):

Aimed at introducing space information and its applications in the elementary and high school curricula. (

Available databases and space-based information: 

CONAE Córdoba Ground Station:

The Córdoba Ground Station has been operating since 1997 and maintains a record of historical optical and SAR satellite data from the region. For more information please visit:

About the host institution: 

CONAE ("Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales"), is the national space agency of Argentina and has a mandate to design, manage and execute space-related projects and activities for peaceful purposes, under the scope of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.

CONAE's actions and projects are developed according to the National Space Programme, which is periodically updated and extended to ensure that it suits the socioeconomic and productive requirements of the country. The 2004-2015 issue of the Programme is in force and currently a new revision of it is being developed for the period 2013-2024.

Argentina's Space Programme includes three satellite series: SAC, SAOCOM and SARE. Since its creation CONAE has placed four satellites in orbit: SAC-A, SAC-B, SAC-C and SAC-D/Aquarius.

SAC-D/Aquarius, launched on 10 June 2011, is an observatory for ocean, climate and environmental monitoring. The mission's primary goal is to estimate sea-surface salinity and also several oceanic, atmospheric and land geophysical parameters. The satellite is equipped with eight instruments, including contributions from NASA/JPL, ASI, CNES and CSA. The SAOCOM 1A spacecraft is currently under construction and also SAOCOM 1B. SAC-E/SABIAMAR and SARE satellites are foreseen to be developed in the next few years.  All CONAE´s missions are operated from the Agency´s Space Center in the province of Córdoba. The Space Center is also home to the Mario Gulich Institute for Advanced Space Studies.

Capacity Building: 

The Mario Gulich Institute for Advanced Space Studies offers a 2-year master's course on "Space Applications for Early Warning and Response to Emergencies", open to Latin American participants. More information about the course is available at

CONAE organizes local and regional training activities and workshops on a regular basis, related to all the remote sensing applications indicated above. Information on these events is available on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.

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Plans for Technical Advisory Mission to Sri Lanka taking shape

At the request of the Government of Sri Lanka, UN-SPIDER planned the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Sri Lanka from 17 to 21 October 2011. A team of experts will meet with key disaster management authorities in the Government, UN agencies, regional and international organizations and initiatives, as well as private entrepreneurs to discuss, make recommendations and develop guidelines to improve the use of space-based information in disaster management.

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Fri, 02/09/2011 - 16:36


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Technical Advisory Mission to Bangladesh

In March 2011 the Government of Bangladesh, through the Disaster Management & Relief Division, invited the United Nations Office for

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Fri, 01/07/2011 - 11:42

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Geo-information infrastructure for disaster management in Ukrainian UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office


Nataliia Kussul, Andrii Shelestov, Sergii Skakun
Space Research Institute NASU-NSAU, Ukraine






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