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  • Damages caused by Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines in 2013 (Image: Eoghan Rice - Trócaire / Caritas)
    ADB to train officials in Philippines and Bangladesh on satellite-based tools jue Apr 23 2015
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will train government and community officials as well as volunteers in the Philippines and Bangladesh in the use of satellite-based tools to face natural disasters. The officials will learn how to combine satellite-based hazard maps with local government maps of vulnerable areas to better assess potential natural disaster. ADB will also teach them to use the open...
  • Southern Chile has been several times affected by volcano eruptions. 2009 Chaitén Volcano (Image: NASA)
    International Charter activated for Calbuco Volcano eruption in Chile jue Apr 23 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been activated today, 23 April, after Calbuco Volcano, in the Los Lagos Region of Chile, erupted twice in less than 24 hours. The mechanism was activated by the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of Interior and Public Security of Chile (ONEMI). The Calbuco Volcano, which had been dormant for more than 50 years, has erupted twice in...
  • Snow-fed rivers and heavy rains are major causes of flooding in Bangladesh (Image: Shahnoor Habib Munmun)
    Bangladesh: Satellite helps to forecast floods jue Apr 23 2015
    The Bangladeshi Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) can now better predict disasters caused by floods thanks to the JASON-2 satellite, developed by SERVIR and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The monsoon rains together with snow-fed rivers cause annual inundations in the country between March and September, damaging crops and properties and even...
  • Daily image acquisitions by Landsat satellites from 2000 to 2014, with a clear increase during last year. (Image: NASA)
    Easier access to Landsat data improves remote sensing research mié Apr 22 2015
    The technological improvements of the past decade have brought into scene a faster and more efficient way of working with Landsat satellite data. Scientists and students can now spend more time analysing and evaluating instead of compiling and sorting data from satellites. The modernization of the remote sensing research process has occurred thanks to two main factors: the growth of computing...
  • The GLOBE Programme helps pupils and students make connections between their local environment and the entire Earth system (Imagine: NASA)
    NASA and NSF celebrate 20th Anniversary of the GLOBE Programme mar Apr 21 2015
    Tomorrow, on Earth Day, April 22, NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) celebrate 20 years of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) programme. This science and education programme make it possible that students, teachers and scientist work together and participate in science data collection through hands-on science in their local communities. Since its...
  • BaseVue 2013 uses Landsat 8 scenes ranging from April 2013 to June 2014. This one was captured by Landsat 8 in March 2014 (Image: NASA)
    MDA BaseVue 2013 becomes part of the Living Atlas of the World and ArcGIS Online mar Apr 21 2015
    The Esri Landscape Content has announced the integration of the BaseVue 2013 land cover data into the Living Atlas of the World and on the ArcGIS Online content. BaseVue 2013 is a commercial global product developed by MDA, covering the Earth’s entire land area, excluding Antarctica. BaseVue is independently derived from roughly 9,200 Landsat 8 images and is the highest spatial resolution (30m)....
  • Forest observed through satellite imagery (Image: NASA/GSFC)
    FAO and Norway to help developing countries monitor their forest through Earth observation lun Apr 20 2015
    The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has signed a partnership agreement with Norway in order to help developing countries assess their forest resources and changes. Through access to Earth observation data sources and the development of an easy-to-use platform for processing and interpreting this data, the countries will be able to better monitor and report about...
  • Moving out on Landsat 9 is a high priority for NASA and USGS (Image: NASA)
    New satellite to extend NASA and USGS' s Landsat programme Vie Apr 17 2015
    NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have started work on Landsat 9, planned to launch in 2023, to continue the observing programme of Earth’s land cover. Since 1972 one of the eight satellites in the Landsat program has photographed the entire Earth every 16 days and provide accurate measurements of Earth’s surface.   With this big data, derived from decades of observations, scientists can...
  • Image of Aïn Témouchent province captured by Alsat-2A on 12 March 2015 (Image: ASAL)
    Algeria: Alsat-2A satellite imagery shows vegetation recovering after forest fires Vie Apr 17 2015
    Through satellite-bases research, the Algerian Space Agency ASAL has found a positive vegetation recovering of the forest areas located in the Aïn Témouchent province after the damages caused by wildfires in 2014. The forest fires of summer 2014 devastated around 180 hectares, with Beni Ghenam being the most affected region, as Algérie1 reported. The main cause of the fires was human negligent...
  • Awesome prizes go to the Copernicus Masters winner 2015 (Image: ESA)
    Copernicus Master competition now accepting submissions jue Apr 16 2015
    The European Space Agency ESA announced that the Copernicus Masters competition is now open again to accept submissions. Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas for services, business concepts and applications based on satellite Earth observation data. In its fifth year, ESA and Germany’s Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen are organising this competition to aid entrepreneurs in bringing their...
  • A firefighter demonstrates water hose in Makwanpur district (Image: ICIMOD)
    Nepal: Raising awareness to fight fires through satellite imagery mié Apr 15 2015
    The SERVIR-Himalaya Initiative of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER, in collaboration with the Department of Forests (DoF) of Nepal, has conducted an awareness campaign at field level in the most fire prone districts of Nepal.  The awareness campaign took place during the week of 16 to 23 March 2015 in six different...
  • Smartphones can detect ground motion and warn others before strong shaking arrives (Image: NASA/Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch)
    Study to test smartphones as earthquake early warning mié Apr 15 2015
    A study led by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has shown smartphones and other personal electronic devices could be used as early warning systems for large earthquakes. This technology would be especially useful for regions that cannot afford the high prices of conventional early warning systems. Despite being less accurate than scientific-grade equipment, the GPS (Global...
  • Launch of satellite Transit 1B, April 13 1960 (Image: US Navy)
    55 years of satellite navigation mar Apr 14 2015
    13 April 2015 was the 55th anniversary of the first navigation system reaching the orbit. The Transit 1B satellite was launched by NASA on 13 April 1960. This satellite was designed to provide positioning for the US Navy’s fleet of Polaris ballistic missile submarines, a task it performed for over 30 years, as Money Week informs. The Transit system can be considered as the ancestor of the Global...
  • Super cyclone Maysak captured from the International Space Station
    Monitoring Typhoon Maysak from Space mar Apr 14 2015
    In late March 2015, Typhoon Maysak, known locally as Chedeng, approached the norther Philippines. Typhoon Maysak strengthened into a super typhoon on March 31, reaching Category 5 hurricane status. Various space technologies captured the storm from Space. The RapidScat instrument aboard the International Space Station captured Maysak's sustained winds reaching 30 m/s around the center and north...
  • The training course will strengthen the capacities of Bhutan to use satellite information for disasters
    UN-SPIDER holds training course for Bhutan officials mar Apr 14 2015
    On 13 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan kicked off a training course for Bhutanese officials on "Response and recovery preparedness". The course will be held until 17 April at the Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) in Dehradun, India. The course is following up on a recommendation of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission to Bhutan in November...
  • Static example of the experimental potential storm surge inundation map (Image: NOAA)
    NOAA: Interactive storm surge map for flood risks lun Apr 13 2015
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is preparing a new application to help people determine at a street-level where water could rise in a storm surge. This experimental storm surge simulator will let people get a look at what kind of storm surges can take place in their surroundings and which can be the possible damages. The preliminary model is based on Charleston (South...
  • Participants of the training course in Dhaka, Bangladesh
    UN-SPIDER concludes training workshop in Bangladesh Vie Apr 10 2015
    From 5 to 9 April 2015, UN-SPIDER and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in Bangladesh jointly organised the five-day course "Earth observation technologies for disaster damage and loss assessment" in Dhaka. The course strengthened damage and loss assessment by teaching the use of satellite images to contribute to damage and loss assessment. It provided DDM and important stakeholder...
  • Geospatial crop data can help that local food production is optimised to meet demand (Image: FEMA Photo Library)
    Website relaunch: Geospatial crop data for food policy Vie Apr 10 2015
    The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) improved and relaunched an interactive website that delivers essential components for ensuring adequate, sustainable food production and food security through satellite-based maps. The website AfricaScienceNews reported: "First launched in 2008 using data from 2000, the...
  • Eventflyer (Image: ICIMOD)
    ICIMOD: Contribution to International Space Apps Challenge 2015 Vie Apr 10 2015
    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Nepal, together with YoungInnovations, is organising a Hackathon: The International Space Apps Challenge in Kathmandu. It will take place this weekend from 11 to 12 April. ICIMOD is organising this event through its SERVIR-Himalaya initiative. SERVIR connects space to villages by...
  • Toxic algal bloom in lake Erie (Imagine: NASA)
    Satellite to track algal threat to U.S. freshwater jue Apr 9 2015
    NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to use ocean color satellite data to develop an early warning indicator for toxic and nuisance algal blooms in freshwater systems and an information distribution system to aid expedient public health advisories. Algal blooms are a worldwide...
  • Xinkai Lake on the Mongolian Plateau in 2001,2004 and 2006 (Image: NASA)
    Satellite imagery show decline of lake surface in Mongolia jue Apr 9 2015
    According to researchers from Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, lakes in the Mongolian Plateau are shrinking rapidly. After analysing several decades of satellite imagery, the researchers found that the total lake surface area had declined from 4,160 square kilometers in the late 1980s to 2,900 square kilometers in 2010, a decrease of 30 percent. The reasons for this enormous...

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