Romania: Plans for own communications satellite
mié Oct 1 2014
Romania plans to launch its own communications satellite, as the website telecompaper reported.
The satellite is to be developed in the coming years and will ensure services for both the state as well as private companies, the minister for Communication and Informational Society Ministry Razvan Cotovelea said according to a local paper.
The Ministry will elaborate a development plan until the end...
Beidou: Chinese satnav system sees increased civilian use
mié Oct 1 2014
The Chinese satellite navigation system Beidou is increasingly used for civilian purposes, as the news agency Xinhua reports, according to Chinese authorities.
Xinhua reported: "In Shenyang, capital of Liaoning Province, there has been surging use of the system in environmental sanitation, logistics and school buses, with the mapping largely used to beef up management efficiency and road safety...
Disaster Resilience Journal: 42 Days of Disaster Resilience
mar Sep 30 2014
Since 22 September 2014, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the European Commission have been publishing daily stories of resilient people around the globe via social media, blogs and word of mouth in their new "Disaster Resilience Journal" media campaign.
For 42 days, the Disaster Resilience Journal will tell the stories of how communities in 24...
UN-SPIDER participates in Asia-Pacific Policy Makers Dialogue
mar Sep 30 2014
Recognizing the importance of space-based information for Disaster risk reduction, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA jointly organised the meeting "Policy Makers Dialogue and Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Asia-Pacific". Taking place in Bangkok, Thailand from 23 to...
Viet Nam: UN-SPIDER Workshop and Exercises scheduled in November
mar Sep 30 2014
As a follow up of the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted by UN-SPIDER to Viet Nam in March 2013, UN-SPIDER has planned a workshop and exercises in Viet Nam from 10 to 15 November 2014. These activities support the implementation of the recommendations made during the 2013 mission, which included capacity building.
The event will be jointly conducted by UN-SPIDER and Geospatial Information...
India will launch navigation satellite in October
lun Sep 29 2014
The Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO will launch a navigation satellite on 10 October, as the news agency ANI reported. The satellite IRNSS 1C is the third one to be launched in a formation of seven. Together, the seven satellites will form the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.
ANI further reported: "IRNSS will provide Standard Positioning Service and Restricted Service...
Sri Lanka: UN-SPIDER to conduct training programme in November
lun Sep 29 2014
As a follow up of the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Sri Lanka in October 2011, UN-SPIDER organised the training “Space Technology for Improving Hazard Mapping in Sri Lanka” from 14 to 17 August 2012. A second follow up training programme is scheduled from 17 to 21 November 2014.
To support the implementation of recommendations of the TAM, UN-SPIDER has organized this...
Iceland: New satellite pictures of volcanic eruptions
Vie Sep 26 2014
Bardabunga volcano in Iceland has started erupting in August 2014 accompanied by swarms of earthquakes in the near area. Tremors have continued ever since with up to 500 per day. NASA and other satellites have been monitoring the developments from space.
On 20 September, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's EO-1 satellite has captured yet another shot of the Holuhraun lava field. On the...
NASA: High-resolution topographic data soon available globally
jue Sep 25 2014
The United States has announced that it will make high-resolution topographic data available globally in 2015. Previously, the data generated from NASA's Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in 2000 was only available in the US. The announcement was made at the United Nations Heads of State Climate Summit in New York.
Initially, topographic data for Africa will be released with the goal of...
SWIR sensor: Seeing through active fire smoke
mié Sep 24 2014
DigitalGlobe latest Earth Observation satellite launched, WorldView-3, includes a shortwave infrared sensor (SWIR) that can see through thick smoke clouds of active fires on the ground. SWIR can thus provide unique and important information for fire response efforts by locating flame fronts and hot spots. What is more is that SWIR can even estimate where the fire is burning the hottest.
UN-SPIDER Training Course on Space Technologies for Drought Monitoring
mar Sep 23 2014
Back to back with its United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management "Multi-hazard Disaster Risk Assessment" in Beijing, the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office offered an international training course on Drought Monitoring and Assessment Using Space Technology from 18 to 22 September, 2014. The participants included experts from Member States with which UN-...
UN-SPIDER hosts joint Workshop on Remote Sensing and Multi-Risk Modeling for Disaster Management
mar Sep 23 2014
On 19 and 20 September 2014, UN-SPIDER hosted a joint workshop with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Tohoku University, International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) on the UN Campus in Bonn. The topic of the workshop was "remote sensing and Multi-Risk Modeling for Disaster Management" and aimed to serve as a platform for researchers to exchange ideas and present the...
Arab States discuss post-2015 disaster risk reduction
lun Sep 22 2014
From 14 to 16 September 2014, 19 Arab States met in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, for the 2nd Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. They discussed the way forward for disaster risk reduction in the region and their recommendations for the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction which will be adopted next March in Sendai, Japan, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction....
German Aerospace Center develops satellite-based volcanic ash tool
lun Sep 22 2014
Researchers at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) have developed a satellite-based prediction tool for volcanic ash distribution. It generates detailed images of areas with both heavy and light ash loads.
"The eruption of the Icelandic volcanoes Eyjafjallajökull in 2010 and Grimsvötn in 2011 demonstrated the vulnerability of the air traffic system in the event of volcanic eruptions and exposed...
Floods in France: International Charter activated
Vie Sep 19 2014
Several people have died after torrential rains and subsequent floods in southern France on 17 and 18 September 2014. The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on 18 September by Direction Générale de la Sécurité Civile et de la Gestion des Crises (COGIC) in order to obtain satellite-based maps of the flood and its impacts. SERTIT will be the Project Manager for this...
Disaster statistics: 22 million people displaced in 2013
jue Sep 18 2014
According to a report from the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council, almost 22 million people were forced to flee their homes due to disasters triggered by natural hazards in 2013. These numbers could increase as urban populations grow, the report says.
The majority of displaced people were in Asia (19 million) because of floods, storms and...
IGAC: Development of Forest Fire Detection and Classification App
mié Sep 17 2014
The Research and Development in Geographic Information Centre (CIAF) of IGAC, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, is working on the development of tools for disaster management and disaster relief.
One of its products is an application called SEMARK (Forest Fire Severity Markov Classification), which is the result of research conducted within the framework of a PhD thesis on the use...
Singapore sets up regional disaster relief centre
mar Sep 16 2014
Singapore is setting up a new regional Disaster relief centre that will facilitate the coordination among military responders in Asia serving as an information clearing house. This was reported by the website Channel News Asia. The Changi Regional Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Coordination Centre (RHCC) will be operational round-the-clock from next year. In the event of a large scale disaster...
Floods in Pakistan: International Charter activated
lun Sep 15 2014
Following heavy floods and landslides in Pakistan's Punjab and Kashmir provinces, the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated to provide satellite-based Disaster maps. The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA.
The International Charter reported: "The Punjab and Kashmir Provinces, on the border with India, have suffered the worst of the...
UAE: Remote Sensing Applications Competition
Vie Sep 12 2014
The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) announced last week the launch of the Remote Sensing Applications Competition 2014 (RSAC 2014).
The competition is open for all governmental sectors, educational and research institutes in the UAE, will be to conduct scientific research and comprehensive studies in designing and implementing state-of-the-art applications for the...