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    Cyclone Dineo hits Mozambique and South Africa mié Feb 22 2017
    Tropical cyclone Dineo hit the Inhambane Province in Mozambique on 15 February 2017. According to Al Jazeera, the winds were register at 130km/h, generating waves 6 meters high and causing heavy rains. Mozambican media reported that the cyclone has left 4 people dead. There is a high risk of flooding, as the area has already received above average rainfall during the last few months, which has...
  • Philippines from space. Image courtesy of ESA
    Earthquake in Philippines-the International charter has been activated mié Feb 15 2017
    A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on 10 February 2017. According to the Cable News Network of the United States (CNN), more than 6 people were killed, about 120 were injured and more than a thousand homes have been destroyed. A state of calamity has been declared at the Surigao City, where access to electricity and water was lost. The International...
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    NASA’s next-generation satellite sends first images to Earth mar Feb 14 2017
    GOES-16 is the first spacecraft of NOAA’s (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) next-generation geostationary satellites.  NASA informed on 23 January 2017 that it had sent the first high-resolution images. This incredibly sharp imagery now opens new weather forecasting possibilities, as it provides more detailed view of hazardous weather and reveals features that previous instruments...
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    Kenya declares drought a national disaster sáb Feb 11 2017
    Kenya’s president has declared the worsening drought in the country a national disaster. According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) the drought has been worsening in most Kenyan counties, now affecting nearly half the country. Forage conditions are drier than usual because of lower than usual rainfall conditions and also the extended dry period between the short and long rains...
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    Satellite-based early warning system for drought risk reduction launched in South Asia mié Feb 8 2017
    The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) launched the South Asia Drought Monitoring System (SADMS) online portal. The SADMS is an early warning drought monitoring tool that provides weekly maps of drought conditions produced through the combination of satellite images of vegetation, weather data, soil moisture levels and crop yield information.  The online portal was presented at a...
    African rangeland early warning system MoU signed mié Feb 8 2017
    The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC) of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) have signed a memorandum of understanding in Nairobi, Kenya on 18 January 2017. Speaking at the ceremony, the Director General of the RCMRD, Dr. Hussein Farah, emphasized the importance of both institutions in...
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    NASA’s Images of change show human impact on Earth sáb Feb 4 2017
    NASA’s platform Images of Change has added new series of images that show how the mankind has changed the planet. The images were being captured over time and then compared; the changes can be seen clearly. They show e.g. shrinking glaciers, deforestation, urbanization, lake level fluctuations and other phenomenon. To see the changes, click here:
  • Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, 22-26 May 2017 Vie Feb 3 2017
    The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction will be held in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May. It is the first time that the Global Platform Session is hosted outside Geneva. There are more than 5,000 participants expected, including policy makers and disaster risk managers. The Global Platform is being held biennially since 2007 and it is one of the world’s biggest gatherings of disaster risk...
    Open Data Program with special focus on disaster response launched Vie Feb 3 2017
    DigitalGlobe, one the world’s leading providers of high-resolution Earth imagery, has launched an Open Data Program with special focus on disaster response. The company will release open-licensed pre- and post-event images for selected natural disasters. All data from previous disaster events will be available on the program’s website and more data will be added with new activations.  With this...
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    NASA shows Indochina and Central Africa covered in fires jue Feb 2 2017
    NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite’s VIIRS instrument (Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite) collected natural-color images from Central Africa and Indochina, where farmers prepare their land for seasonal planting by deliberately setting fire. Fire is used to return nutrients to the soil and to clear the ground in these parts of the world. Although it helps enhance the crops, it produces smoke that...
  • Forest fires in Chile. Image courtesy of NASA.
    Forest fires in Chile, the International Charter has been activated mié Feb 1 2017
    A state of emergency has been declared on 26 January 2017 in south-central Chile due to the worst forest fires that the region has experienced in its modern history. The fires began in mid-January and spread quickly because of this year’s especially hot and dry summer in South America. The blazes are furthermore amplified by strong winds, high temperatures and a lasting drought that Chile has...
  • Hotspots related to the forest fires in January 2017.   Courtesy of CONAE.
    CONAE assessing the extent of forest fires in Argentina mié Jan 11 2017
    Argentina’s National Commission on Space Activities (CONAE) is contributing to the assessment of the forest fires in the Rio Negro, La Pampa and Buenos Aires provinces in Argentina.  Researchers at the Unit for National Emergencies (CAEARTE) in the Teofilo Tabanera Space Centre of CONAE in Cordoba are generating maps depicting those regions affected by the forest fires.  The forest fires began at...
  • Agricultural fires near the Niger River delta. Courtesy of NASA.
    NASA researchers assess the connection between wildfires and drought in Africa mar Jan 10 2017
    Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, United States, have been investigating the connection between wild fires and droughts in sub-Saharan Africa using satellite data from NASA’s NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer and the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission. A comparative analysis of soil moisture, precipitation, evapotranspiration and...
  • A satellite view of a hurricane. Image courtesy of NASA
    International Conference on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems sáb Jan 7 2017
    In recent decades, early warning systems have been playing a key role in saving lives and reducing losses when natural hazards strike communities.  Effective early warning systems not only save lives but also help protect livelihoods and national development gains.  The benefits of early warning systems have been recognized in the Hyogo Framework for Action in 2005, and more recently in the...
  • Charter activated for forest fires in Argentina
    Charter activated for forest fires in Argentina sáb Jan 7 2017
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 5 January 2017 at the request of the National Civil Protection Secretariat of Argentina (SIFEM) due to wild fires in Buenos Aires, the Central province of Pampa and the southern province of Rio Negro.  According to the news paper La Nacion of Argentina (
  • EviDENz stakeholder workshop in Ukraine in Dec. 2016
    Second EvIDENz project workshop successfully concluded in Ukraine mar Dec 13 2016
    The partners of the EvIDENz project conducted the second stakeholder workshop entitled “Earth observation-based information products for drought risk on a national basis”.  The workshop was conducted in Kyiv, Ukraine, on December 6, 2016. Partners involved in the organization of the workshop included the Space Research Institute (NASU-SSAU) of the Ukraine, the Remote Sensing Center (ZFL) of the...
  • Sentinel-2 maps changes in inland water bodies. Image: courtesy of ESA
    Innovative tool to monitor water surface levels Vie Dec 9 2016
    Scientists from the Join Research Center collaborating with Google have quantified changes in global water surface which are documented in interactive maps they created for the modifications happening over the past three decades. They created the Global Surface Water Explorer using more than three million satellite scenes collected between 1984 and 2015 and produced using 10000 computers running...
  • Satellite image of Indonesia's islands. Image: courtesy of ESA
    Charter activated for earthquake in Indonesia Vie Dec 9 2016
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 7 December 2016 due to a 6.5 earthquake in Indonesia. The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) on behalf of LAPAN requested the activation. The most affected area was the Pidie Jaya district where damage was reported in approximately 250 buildings leaving several thousand people homeless. The number of victims is 102; however...
  • IGAC conducts training course on satellite information for drought early warning systems Vie Dec 9 2016
    The Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute -IGAC, through its Center for Research and Development of Geographic Information (CIAF), conducted a workshop on 27 October 2016 on the use of satellite information in early warning systems to deal with drought phenomena. The workshop was attended by professionals from entities including the National Institute of Innovation and Transfer in Agricultural...
  • Arctic sea ice by 2016. Image: Courtesy of NASA
    Satellite detects slower growth of Arctic ice mié Dec 7 2016
    Satellite CryoSat from ESA detected that Arctic ice volume on November 2016 were the lowest and similar to records from the same month in 2011 and 2012. The ice has increased by only 10%, a low figure, for the beginning of the winter season. CryoSat calculates surface height variation of ice with extreme precision thanks to tools like the radar altimeter that allow accurate documentation of...
  • 2009 earthquake in Papua, Indonesia. Image: courtesy of NASA
    Earth’s biggest Geological fault explained mar Dec 6 2016
    Geologist from the Australian National University (ANU) documented how the Banda Detachment fault in eastern Indonesia formed and works. This finding will help to evaluate the dangers of future tsunamis in the area that is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Dr Jonathan Pownall, leader of the research, confirmed that “a 7km-deep abyss beneath...


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