Two hours before Hurricane Isaac made landfall on 28 August 2012, a satellite orbiting hundreds of miles above the storm used a radar instrument to map its inner structure. The instrument on the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) observed two extremely tall complexes of thunderheads called hot towers in the eyewall, a sign that the storm was strengthening.
ESA offers, freely downloadable from its website, the Heterogeneous Mission Accessibility (HMA) manual that provides a high level view on the results of several years of harmonisation and standardisation work in the critical area of ground segment interoperability of
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office located in Japan, ADRC (Asian Disaster Reduction Centre), is in the process of producing the booklet "Considerations for effective use of to assess Tsunami impacts - Lessons learned from the recent Tsunami in Japan". This publication is realized in cooperation with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA).
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER has activated the International Charter: Space and Major Disaster to provide satellite imagery for the two strong earthquakes that occurred in Iran on 11 August 2012. This international mechanism was activated on behalf of the Iranian Space Agency, host of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Iran.
The American and Ugandan Red Cross have partnered up with the U.S. State Department’s Humanitarian Information Unit and HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team) in a project to trace the cities of Gulu and Lira in Northern Uganda using high-resolutionsatellite imagery.