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 space-based information to assess Tsunami impacts - Lessons learned from the recent Tsunami in Japan". This publication is realized in cooperation with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). The booklet will be of great value for other nations' disaster preparedness efforts by providing lessons learnt on the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent tsunami. The publication will be presented at the occasion of the 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction scheduled to take place on 22-25 October 2012 in Yogakarta, Indonesia. The booklet will also be offered for download on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal.
This initiative is an outcome of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office (RSO) meeting in February 2012 in Vienna, Austria, where RSOs agreed to contribute to UN-SPIDER activities and to undertake joint programmes. As a follow-up of the meeting, the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office initiated the creation of booklets on the application of space-based resources to disaster and risk management in three Asian countries. ADRC (Japan), the Iranian Space Agency (Iran) and SUPARCO (Pakistan) will report on experiences from their respective countries. Besides ADRC's publication on the Japan earthquake and tsunami, the Iranian Space Agency's publication will focus on drought assessment experiences and SUPARCO will present lessons learnt from the 2010 flood in Pakistan.