• Himalaya space photograph. Image: NASA
    Remote Sensing and GIS in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region mar Oct 25 2016
    The UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office ICIMOD published a research article on Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems's application for environmental purposes. The study aims to show the importance of using information provided by remote sensing (RS) and geographic information system (GIS) to  monitor and  understand the environment and its changes. The geographic area analyzed, Hindu...
  • Satellite Image of New York City. Courtesy of ESA
    Satellite Imagery to evaluate human settlements on the planet mar Oct 25 2016
    The relevance of Satellite images to estimate the number of people living in urban or rural areas was presented on 18 October 2016 by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) held in Quito, Ecuador from 17 to 20 October 2016. This vital information is presented in the Global Human Settlement...
  • Panama's map. Courtesy of NASA
    Charter activated for floods in Panama sáb Oct 22 2016
    On 20 October 2016 the International Charter Space and Major Disaster was activated due to floods in Panama. The request of activation was due to heavy rain in the Darien and Tonosi province. The situation can worsen because more rain is expected on the following days. The activation of the charter was requested by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) on behalf of the Tropic Humid Water...
  • Ice change in Greenland. Courtesy of ESA
    Copernicus Sentinel-3A latest contribution Vie Oct 21 2016
    On 20 October 2016 the Ocean and Land Colour Instrument released its first imagery. The tool is the most new of the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite, operated and managed in collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (Eumetsat). The data it will provide includes among others: information on oceans,...
  • 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adpatation. Courtesy of CATHALAC
    CATHALAC participates on cities resilience Forum Vie Oct 21 2016
    Our Latin American and Caribbean Regional Support Office, CATHALAC, participated in the 7th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation from 6 to 8 July 2016 in Bonn. The main purpose was to share experiences and solutions on how a city can be resilient or in other words be prepared to face and recovery from a shock maintaining its essential functions, organization and personality...
  • Screenshot of the video from DW. Tomorrow today section. Courtesy of DW Germany’s Public international broadcaster.
    Vital view from space mié Oct 19 2016
    Radar Satellite images offer precise 3D pictures of earth. The Crises Control Team of the German Aerospace Center puts together radar imagery on natural disasters like floods or earthquakes. This information is essential for emergency services to know where people are in danger or where help is required. To watch the complete video click here. 
  • Dry Corridor of Central America (orange polygons). Courtesy of CAC
    AEM conducts teleconference with SEWS-D partners jue Oct 13 2016
    As part of its activities as a Regional Support Office, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is conducting monthly teleconferences with the national partners of the SEWS-D project (Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Droughts).   The telecons contribute to plan upcoming activities and to inform all regional and international partners regarding advances in each of the four countries where the...
  • Indicators, image courtesy of UNISDR
    Indicators sáb Oct 8 2016
    An Open-ended Intergovernmental Expert Working Group on Indicators and Terminology was established by the UN General Assembly in June 2015, as a way to steer efforts regarding indicators to assess advances in the context of the seven targets established in the Sendai framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The experts in this OEIWG are nominated by Member States (countries). By June 2016...
  • Terminology, image courtesy of UNISDR
    Terminology sáb Oct 8 2016
    The Sendai framework for action includes a call to update the disaster risk reduction terminology.  A special group has been set up to steer this effort.   The Office for Disaster Risk Reduction of the United Nations published the results the latest deliberations of this group in a background paper which aims to provide information that contributes to the implementation of the Sendai Framework....
  • Hurricane Matthew 2016, Haiti. Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory
    Copernicus Emergency Mapping Service for Haiti and the United States jue Oct 6 2016
    On 3 October 2016 the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated at the request of the European Commission' services for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection.  The storm, which has already affected other Caribbean countries like the Dominican Republic and Cuba, triggered floods, landslides and fatalities. According to Euronews the storm, now on its way to the Bahamas and the USA, is...
  • Members of the EIGEO team at the National Emergency Commission
    EIGEO Team activated to support disaster response efforts in Dominican Republic and Haiti mié Oct 5 2016
    The President of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic activated the Inter-Institutional Geo-Spatial Information Team (EIGEO) to generate relevant information to support emergency relief efforts in areas affected by hurricane Matthew in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti.   The EIGEO team was officially established in 2013 by the National Emergency Commission at the...
  • Hurricane Matthew development. Courtesy of NASA/NOAA GOES Project
    Charter activated for Hurricane in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Bahamas and the United States mié Oct 5 2016
    On 3 October 2016 the International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated due to Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The request for activation was due to heavy rain and winds reaching up to 145 mph. Haiti, a country susceptible to floods, has already experienced the consequences of the storm with three deaths, missing fisherman and several thousands of people evacuated.    The activation of...
  • Hurricane Matthew 2016. Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory
    Hurricane Matthew strikes the Caribbean mié Oct 5 2016
    Matthew, currently a category 4 hurricane, has already impacted Haiti, a country still recovering from a devastating earthquake on 2010; as well as the Dominican Republic and Jamaica. According to the BBC, authorities in these countries warned people to be prepared for this very powerful hurricane. Other countries that will feel the impact of the Hurricane include: Cuba and the United States....
  • Storm in Australia 2015.  Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory
    Charter activated for floods in Australia mié Oct 5 2016
    On 26 September 2016 the International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated due to floods in Australia. The request for activation was due to heavy rainfall throughout the month of September causing flash flooding along the Lachlan River in Australia. The flooding at Forbes is one of the worst over the last twenty years in this area and is expected to worsen over the next week as more...
  • American Hemisphere (Image courtesy of NASA)
    AEM becomes UN-SPIDER's newest RSO jue Sep 29 2016
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) signed a Cooperation Agreement to incorporate AEM as the newest Regional Support Office of the UN-SPIDER programme that is managed by UNOOSA.  This Regional Support Office will contribute to efforts conducted by the Office in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The Mexican Space Agency is a decentralized...
  • UN-SPIDER annual Beijing Conference lun Sep 19 2016
    From 19 to 21 September UN-SPIDER conducted the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – ‘Understanding Disaster Risk’”, in Beijing, China.  Co-organised with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and in collaboration with the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the...
  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Hurricane Hermine gets closer to Florida sáb Sep 3 2016
    On the 1 September 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration caught this image of Hurricane Hermine reaching Florida. The storm reached Florida coasts on the 2 of September with winds up to 120 kilometers announced the National Hurricane Center. 
  • Screenshot of the video from the NASA published on The Guardian website. Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.
    Pacific and Atlantic Hurricanes images caught by the ISS Vie Sep 2 2016
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured very interesting videos of hurricanes Lester and Madeline which are heading towards Hawaii; as well as of Hurricane Gaston above the Atlantic Ocean.  
  • Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Fires in Latin America jue Sep 1 2016
    The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) caught images of smoke in Latin America.    Fires were reported on 25 August 2016 in Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Those fires probably resulted from the land-clearing practices for crops or pastures. Bolivia declared a state of emergency as fires...
  • Image courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA) of a sandstorm over the Persian Gulf in 2008.
    United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region mar Aug 30 2016
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Space Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran will organize a workshop focusing on the use of space technology for dust storm and drought monitoring in the Middle East region.    This workshop, to be conducted in Tehran from 5 to 9 November 2016, will be hosted by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) on behalf of the Ministry of Information...
  • Image courtesy of the USGS, ShakeMap.
    Strong Earthquake in the Union of Myanmar Vie Aug 26 2016
    An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurs in central Myanmar, next to the archeological site of Bagan on the 24 of August 2016. 4 people died in the disaster and dozens of historical buildings including pagodas, temples, monasteries and other structures were destroyed, according to the BBC.  An aftershock of magnitude 7.0 is expected and could affect Thailand said Suwit Khosuwan on the 25 of August,...


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