Since February, many fires have broken out on the Sumatra peninsula in Indonesia, as UN-SPIDER reported; many of them were deliberately set in order to clean the land. Although this is illegal, it is still a common practice in the region. NASA’s satellites Terra and Aqua monitor these fires from Space.
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), visited UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Nepal – the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) - to discuss the role of science and technology in monitoring the environment and in supporting the development of the region.
NASA’s satellites detected over 500 hotspots of forest, plantation and peatland fires across the island of Sumatra, Indonesia. In Riau Province alone, the authorities located over 380 hotspots through satellite imagery from NASA's Terra and Aqua missions.
This image of intense bushfires in and around Grampians National Park in western Victoria, Australia, was captured from Space on 17 January by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite.
Members of the Interinstitutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management (EIGEO-GR)
Following the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted in January 2010 as well as the consequent Institutional Strenghtening Mission (ISM) in November 2011, the interinstitutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management (Equipo de Información Geo-Espacial para Gestión de Riesgos - EIGEO-GR) was established in the Dominican Republic. It incorporates nearly 15 government ministries, agencies and university centers. EIGEO-GR is headed by a representative of the National Emergency Commission (Comisión Nacional de Emergencias).
The one-week training for EIGEO-GR members in Santo Domingo focused on the use of space-based information in case of floods. It comprised lectures as well as hands-on training using different data types and software packages.