Noticias

  • Image captured by the TerraSAR-X (Image: DLR)
    Free access to X-Band satellite data for Canadian institutions Vie Aug 7 2015
    Airbus Defence and Space and the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) have signed a contract that enables the Canadian government and institutions to access imagery captured by the TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites for carrying out research and professional training without charges. The objective of the partnership is to support Canadian agencies in the development of...
  • Wildfires blazing in North California (Image: NASA)
    ESRI maps for monitoring wildfires in Western US Vie Aug 7 2015
    ESRI has developed two interactive maps for wildfire monitoring in the Western coast of the United States, which can be shared and embedded into the end users' websites: the Wildfire Public Information Map and the 2015 California Wildfire Activity Map. The first one offers updated data on wildfires (locations, perimeters, fire potential areas, global burn areas, wind conditions, and precipitation...
  • Supervision of LAPAN team on technical advisory meeting on 7 July in Bondowoso (Image: LAPAN)
    LAPAN to contribute to the mitigation efforts of the eruption of Mt. Raung and Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia jue Aug 6 2015
    LAPAN, UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office, has been contributing to the mitigation process of the impact caused by the Mt. Sinabung and Mt. Raung volcanoes in Indonesia. Mt. Sinabung, in North Sumatera, has been erupting since the middle-end of 2013 and Mt. Raung, in East Java, has been erupting since the end of June 2015. Until now, both volcanoes still show activity to the point of releasing...
  • LAPAN monitored drought using SPI over the ASEAN region in June 2015 (Image: LAPAN)
    LAPAN to monitor drought in Southeast Asian region jue Aug 6 2015
    ENSO events are bringing an impact on the occurrence of drought in some of Southeast Asia regions. Indonesia National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), as Regional Support Office of UN-SPIDER in Southeast Asia, has been monitoring the drought condition over the regions since June 2015. Both meteorological and vegetation drought have been monitored using several sources of data....
  • Heavy monsoon rains have caused floods and landslides in Myanmar (Source: UNICEF)
    International Charter activated for floods in Myanmar jue Aug 6 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated on Wednesday, 5 August, due to floods caused by torrential monsoon rains in 12 of the 14 states of Myanmar, particularly in Chin, Magway, Sagaing and Rakhine areas. UNITAR-UNOSAT sent the request to activate the mechanism on behalf of UNDP Myanmar. The flooding and subsequent landslides have killed 69 people and affected more than...
  • Bihar is the most flood prone state in India (Image: NASA)
    IWMI project to enhance flood insurance for India's farmers jue Aug 6 2015
    The International Water Management Institute, UN-SPIDER’s regional Support Office, organised together with the CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) a day long workshop in Patna, India, to present a new project on the development of the Index‐Based Flood Insurance (IBFI) on August 1. Due to the constant floods India is facing every year and the huge...
  • Comparison between sea level increase in 1997 and 2015 at the Eastern Pacific (Source: NASA)
    Stronger El Niño conditions according to NASA jue Aug 6 2015
    Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have found that the ocean levels in Central and Eastern Pacific have increased between March and July 2015, which bears a resemblance to the conditions of the potent El Niño event of 1997-98. The research was carried out through altimetry measurements captured by the OSTM/Jason-2 satellite. The scientists display a map where sea surface height is...
  • The province of Jilin to launch its first remote sensing commercial satellite (Image: NASA)
    China to launch first remote sensing commercial satellite mié Aug 5 2015
    The Northeast province of Jilin in China is planning to launch in October the country's first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use. Jilin-1 is composed of a group of four satellites: one in charge of high-definition imagery, one to test new space technologies and the other two to capture videos, as explained by Xuan Ming, board chairman of Chang Guang Satellite Technology,...
  • I-Band image of the storm provided by VIIRS instrument (Image: NASA)
    Successful week to highlight Earth observation usefulness mié Aug 5 2015
    As ESA announced, the Meteosat Second Generation-4 (MSG-4) captured its first image of Earth yesterday, 4 August. At the same time, international satellites were providing critical information about the Super typhoon Soudelor’s, which is affecting the Pacific Ocean. These two events highlight the constant role Earth observation is playing in monitoring and forecasting climate events. The first...
  • Artist’s conception of SMAP taking data from orbit (Image: NASA)
    Upcoming first release of the SMAP data mar Aug 4 2015
    NASA will release on August 2015 the first Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) data, the beta version of L1 radar and radiometer data. The SPAM mission was developed in order to record surface soil moisture measurements with high levels of accuracy and resolution. It will improve weather and climate forecasts, flood predictions and drought monitoring systems. The measurements provided by the SMAP...
  • First step to get located and informed about surrounding geographic data (Image: Esri)
    New app shows nearest climate change impact mar Aug 4 2015
    A new app called Field Notes, developed by the mapping technology company Esri, allows identifying the impact of climate change in the surroundings of the user's area. This new product could help governments, academics and policymakers, among others, to prepare for the upcoming events caused by climate change. At the same time, it creates a higher understanding about the world and the ongoing...
  • EOC members in a video conference with CONAE
    CONAE and UN-SPIDER join forces to promote the Charter in Latin America lun Aug 3 2015
    Nearly fifteen years ago, space agencies established the International Charter Space and Major Disasters as a way to contribute to disaster response efforts in countries affected by large disasters.  In 2012, the Charter introduced its Universal Access principle, allowing national disaster management authorities around the world to submit requests to the Charter for its activation in case of...
  • DEVELOP participants using Earth Observation imagery (Source: NASA)
    NASA DEVELOP's Virtual Poster Session for summer 2015 lun Aug 3 2015
    DEVELOP, NASA’s Applied Sciences’ Capacity Building Program, organizes a Virtual Poster Session (VPS) for this summer 2015 where participants can send their projects on Earth observation (EO), disaster risks, water monitoring, mapping invasive species distribution and environmental concerns. It features 178 researchers across 15 DEVELOP locations, who carry out 38 projects. The participant...
  • Land cleared for "jhoom", a traditional shifting cultivation in Northeast India (Image: Prashanthns)
    ICIMOD: SERVIR project's success in combating forest fires lun Aug 3 2015
    The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office (RSO), has developed a programme in order to prevent and manage forest fires through the SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Programme, and in conjunction with the South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE). The project includes a platform based on remote sensing information to understand how land...
  • Fire seasons have become longer in areas marked with red and orange (Image: NASA)
    Fire seasons: longer and more frequent Vie Jul 31 2015
    A new joint study between the U.S. Forest Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts Interim Reanalysis (ERA-Interim) reveals that fire seasons have lengthened between 1979 and 2013. Moreover, the researchers also discovered that tough fire seasons have become more frequent during this period. This analysis was...
  • Heavy rainfall in Vietnam between October and November 2008 (Image: NASA)
    International Charter activated for flooding in northern Vietnam Vie Jul 31 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for flooding in Vietnam on 30 July at 16:00 (UTC+02:00). The mechanism was triggered by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UN ESCAP. The torrential rain that the northern area of Vietnam has experienced, the heaviest in forty years, started on 26 July and has caused the inundation of thousands of homes and left at least 17 dead.   “...
  • TerraSAR-X satellite monitoring Europe (Image: ESA)
    TerraSAR-X satellite will continue providing data for Copernicus Data Warehouse jue Jul 30 2015
    Airbus Defence and Space and ESA have signed an agreement that enables Copernicus Data Warehouse to continue receiving TerraSAR-X satellite information until the end of 2020. This space artifact offers data used for addressing emergency and security related issues, reliable monitoring needs, and land cover change with high reliability and accuracy to European public institutions. TerraSAR-X,...
  • INSAT-3D Satellite in 2013, ready to be launched (Image: ISRO)
    INSAT-3D, second birthday in orbit jue Jul 30 2015
    The Indian advanced weather satellite INSAT-3D has already completed two years of successful activity after its launch on July 26, 2013. The INSAT-3D mission's main aim is to provide meteorological observations through the monitoring process of land and ocean surfaces and the generation of vertical profile of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and humidity for weather forecasting and disaster...
  • Satellite image of the Kalimantan region, which will not suffer drought in 2015 (Image: ESA)
    LAPAN predicts the worst drought in five years in Indonesia jue Jul 30 2015
    The Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, has stated that Indonesia would face in 2015 the worst drought in the past five years, which would affect 80 per cent of the country’s territory, except for Kalimantan and Sumatra.  This hazard is caused by the "El Niño" weather phenomenon, an anomaly in sea surface temperatures in the Pacific...
  • Testing phase of Sentinel-5 Precursor before its launch in 2016 (Image: ESA)
    Sentinel-5 to monitor atmospheric chemistry data from 2016 mar Jul 28 2015
    The Sentinel-5 Precursor will start its testing phase leaving from the UK, before its launch from Plesetsk, Russia in April 2016. The Sentinel-5 Precursor is using the TROPOspheric Monitoring Instrument (TROMPOMI) and it has been developed by Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands for the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Netherlands Office. The new aircraft will provide atmospheric chemistry...
  • Annual change in groundwater storage from 2003 to 2013 in the 37 largest aquifer systems in the world (Image: NASA)
    GRACE satellites to show global scarcity of groundwater mié Jul 29 2015
    A recent study partly based on data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) has highlighted the risk of using groundwater basins for human consumption without a concrete knowledge about the remaining quantity of water. The pair of satellites GRACE, that measures small changes in mass and gravity near Earth’s surface, has allowed scientists to observe water mass and its...

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