Noticias

  • Follow up activities of UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission and training workshop on landslide hazard mapping, risk and vulnerability assessment, Thimpu, Bhutan, 17-21 August 2015
    UN-SPIDER and UNDP Bhutan office support efforts to manage landslide risk in Bhutan mié Sep 2 2015
    The UN-SPIDER, the UNDP and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) (Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs) conducted follow up activities and training workshop as a next step after the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan, offered in June 2014. The activities were executed from 17 to 21 August, 2015. Soon after the TAM was conducted, the UN Resident Coordinator secured...
  • Satellite image of India’s Hugli River, one of the many branches of the Ganges (Image: NASA)
    Earth observation satellite to be developed by NASA and ISRO lun Aug 31 2015
    NASA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have joint hands to build an Earth observation satellite called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Mission). The space artifact will be in charge of measuring changes in the Earth’s surface related to motions of the crust and ice surface, and its launch is scheduled for 2021. Its mission will comprise snow and glacier studies in...
  • Satellite image of the city of Geneva, Switzerland (Image: NASA)
    Agreement between UNOOSA and the Swiss Government Vie Aug 28 2015
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce an agreement with the Swiss Government to support the development of new initiatives to advance the use of space-based tools and technology in the various areas of work of Geneva-based United Nations entities, international organisations or non-governmental organisations. Funded by the Federal Department of Foreign...
  • Satellite image of active wildfires across Western U.S., outlined in red (Image: NASA)
    Washington wildfires captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite Vie Aug 28 2015
    NASA’s Earth observation Aqua satellite spotted the wildfires burning throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana states on August 23. One of the most important blazes was reported in the Okanogan Complex, in Washington State. It has burned 287,704 acres (116,000 hectares) and killed three firefighters. More than 1,774 fire personnel from 33 states are currently fighting it or...
  • Floods were reported along the Çoruh Nehri river (Image: Evgeny Genkin)
    International Charter activated for floods and landslides in Turkey jue Aug 27 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to floods and landslides caused by torrential rains in the Artvin Province of Turkey. The mechanism was activated yesterday, 26 August 2015, at 18:50 (UTC+03:00) by the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority of Turkey (AFAD) on behalf of the Department of Informations...
  • Satellite image of Jakobshavn glacier´s calving process (Image: ESA)
    Sentinel -1A records giant glacier calving event jue Aug 27 2015
    The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1A satellite captured the Jakobshavn glacier´s calving process, one of the biggest iceberg breaking phenomena on record. By comparing images before and after the event, scientists found that it has lost a total area of 12.5 km2, equivalent to a volume of 17.5 km3, which could cover the Island of Manhattan by a 300 m thick layer of ice. The Jakobshavn...
  • Satellite image of the Neyriz Lakes in southern Iran (Image: ESA)
    Russia to develop an Earth observation system for Iran mié Aug 26 2015
    According to the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, two Russian space companies signed a pre-contractual agreement with the Iranian Bonyan Danesh Shargh in order to assist the Islamic Republic of Iran to build its own satellite observation system. The aim of the remote sensing system is to monitor the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans. The Russian NPK BARL will be in charge of constructing and...
  • The image shows water vapor within Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005 (Image: NASA)
    NASA simulation of Hurricane Katrina to support better storm forecasts mié Aug 26 2015
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has released a high-resolution video that simulates Hurricane Katrina’s movement across the Atlantic Ocean, then the Gulf of Mexico, and its final collision with the southern part of the United States. It combines observational data with a high-resolution model of Earth, called GEOS-5, and reflects scientists’ better understanding of heavy storms. Ten years...
  • Satellite image of the water-scarce Sahara desert in Algeria (Image: ESA)
    FAO to develop a database to support water-scarce countries mar Aug 25 2015
    The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will develop an open-access database using satellite information to support water-scarce countries in the Near East and North Africa, where droughts and food security are major issues. The portal’s objective is to gather and assess satellite data in order to enhance land and water productivity, and to foster the sustainability of agricultural systems....
  • True-colour MODIS satellite image of South Africa (Image: NASA)
    Agreement between Airbus and SANSA on SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 imagery mar Aug 25 2015
    Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) has signed an agreement with the South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA), which allows the African institution to access and download imagery captured by SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 satellites. Additionally, a Direct Receiving Station was installed at SANSA’s facilities in order to cover the entire country (1 221 000 km²) at a very high resolution. SPOT (Satellite Pour...
  • Satellite image of smoke produced by massive explosions in Tianjin (Image: NASA)
    Satellites assist emergency response after the Tianjin blasts lun Aug 24 2015
    On the morning of August 13 the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp activated its emergency response mechanism, after the fatal warehouse explosions that hit Tianjin port city. It used at least eight of its satellite constellation to monitor rescue and damage operatins thanks to their clear images. Specifically, the Gaofen 1 and 2 high-resolution Earth observation satellites, the Ziyuan 3...
  • Records of the typhoon's eye and its structure on August 19 (Image: NASA)
    Striking records of typhoon Atsani Vie Aug 21 2015
    Stunning images of the Atsani typhoon have been captured by CloudSat and Aqua satellites on August 19. The first space artifact passed near its eye and collected information about the inside of the typhoon through its cloud-penetrating radar. For its part, the MODIS web on the Aqua satellite passed above Atsani capturing an image of the storm's eyewall where the the red line is the north-to-south...
  • Launch of previous satellite Morelos II (Image: NASA)
    Mexico to launch Morelos 3 satellite to support disaster relief Vie Aug 21 2015
    The Mexican Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (SCT) has announced the launch of the Morelos 3 satellite as part of a series of Mexican communication satellites. This one will support disaster relief activities and provide emergency services, among others. The launch will take place on 02 October 2015 from the Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services base in Cape Canaveral,...
  • Hurricanes hitting the U.S. will be easier to predict with the new satellite mission (Image: NASA)
    NASA to build an enhanced hurricane-observing satellite mission jue Aug 20 2015
    NASA has began to build its new satellite mission focused on predicting hurricanes, called Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), with the collaboration of the University of Michigan. It will comprise eight Earth observation (EO) microsatellites which will be able to measure ocean surface winds associated with tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes throughout their life cycle....
  • Difference from average emissions for 2014 in grams of carbon per square meter per year (Image: NASA)
    Satellite observations used to measure how much fires pollute the atmosphere mié Aug 19 2015
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has published a report in which the quantity of carbon dioxide and other pollutants produced by fires that remains in the atmosphere has been determined. The estimation of the polluting emissions into the atmosphere is possible thanks to the data produced by computer models that combine satellite observations of burned area and active...
  • Group photo of the workshop's participants (Image: RCMRD)
    Vulnerability Mapping Workshop held by RCMRD and PREPARED mar Aug 18 2015
    The Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office, held a workshop on Vulnerability Mapping in conjunction with USAID/East Africa’s Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) Project between August 10 and 14 in Entebbe, Uganda. The participants came from the East African...
  • Participants of the Regional Expert Meeting in Colombia
    UN-SPIDER and IGAC conducted a Regional Expert Meeting in Colombia mar Aug 18 2015
    UN-SPIDER and its Regional Support Office IGAC conducted a Regional Expert Meeting in Bogota, Colombia from 12 to 14 August within the International Geomatic Week carried out by the Geographic Institute Agustin Codazzi (IGAC). The meeting brought together around 20 participants from the Caribbean, Central America and South America. The Regional Expert Meeting benefitted from the participation of...
  • WorldView-3 getting ready for its launch one year ago (Image: DigitalGlobe)
    WorldView-3 satellite sensor completes its first operating year mar Aug 18 2015
    The WorldView-3 satellite sensor has completed a successful year in orbit after its launch on August 13, 2014. During this year it has contributed to disaster and humanitarian efforts in critical situations such as the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015. The advanced fourth-generation satellite WorldView-3 was licensed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and...
  • Satellite image of an isolated settlement in Kano, Nigeria (Image: DigitalGlobe)
    Remote sensing for the elimination of polio lun Aug 17 2015
    A joint project between DigitalGlobe and many volunteers has helped in the eradication of polio through mapping of villages in developing countries during vaccination campaigns. The mapping of the often isolated settlements was complicated and apart from analysing big data captured by satellites, DigitalGlobe had to rely on volunteers and crowdsourcing based on the Tomnod programme. The final...
  • Wildfires over the same Siberian area occurred in 2008 (Image: NASA)
    International Charter activated for wildfires in Siberian district, Russia Vie Aug 14 2015
    The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters has been triggered to provide satellite-based emergency maps in response to a major forest fire in Russia’s Siberian district. The mechanism was activated yesterday, 13 August 2015, at 15:51:00 (UTC+03:00) by ROSCOSMOS/EMERCOM. The International Charter reported: “The fires began in July and despite efforts to fight the blazes, the fires have...
  • Satellite image of floods in the Mandakini River, Northern India, in 2013 (Image: NASA)
    176 forecasting stations for monitoring floods in India Vie Aug 14 2015
    The Government of India has established 176 flood forecasting stations across the country which would help to monitor river flooding during monsoons. The stations use information captured by Indian satellites, including near-real time flood inundation maps provided by the National Remote Sensing Centre. The Central Water Commission (CWC), belonging to the Ministry Water Resources, is in charge of...

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