A new GEO Geohazard Supersite on the Tohoku-oki Event was established immediately after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami to aid rescue efforts and advance scientific understanding. Meanwhile, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of the Japanese Cabinet and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). JAXA is distributing updated PALSAR, ScanSAR and FBS data via its FTP site, and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) is providing data and data products for use by experts.

GEO’s Tohoku-oki Event Supersite is pooling the best and most up-to-date images, maps, model results and links... read more

Publishing Date: 24/03/2011

United Nations agencies are rushing assistance to Japan to help cope with the multi-front disaster caused by last week’s devastating earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant breakdown.

The UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has already sent emergency equipment to areas severely affected by the tsunami, noting that re-establishing communications is a “critical tool” to ensure timely support for victims and rescue and... read more

Publishing Date: 22/03/2011

After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami the international community stepped up its efforts on developing and building early warning systems. Japan is a leading nation with respect to expertise and implementation of both earthquake and tsunami early warning systems. The Tohoku earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that rushed towards and devastated the shores of Honshu island in Japan would have been a substantially larger disaster than it already is, were it not for the well functioning warning systems on the Japanese islands.

An early... read more

Publishing Date: 22/03/2011
UNITAR/UNOSAT tsunami-related  map Japan

UNITAR/UNOSAT has produced a map of tsunami-related standing water bodies, Sendai, Miyagi prefecture. This map illustrates satellite-detected standing bodies of water remaining after the tsunami event over the city of Sendai and affected areas south in Miyagi Prefecture. Flood waters were identified through an analysis of Radarsat-2 satellite data recorded 12 March 2011 provided through the Space Charter.

UNITAR/UNOSAT works in close collaboration with and support to the Space Charter Project Manager (JAXA) for this event. The satellite image derived data (standing water bodies) can be downloaded... read more

Publishing Date: 21/03/2011
Earth Observation Resources on the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

During and after the Earthquake in Japan, Earth observation technology including buoys, satellites and other imaging devices have allowed scientists and the media to visualize and track the impact of the event, mitigating loss of life and property and supporting effective rescue efforts. Citizen scientists, using cameras, cell phones, video cameras and other tools also have provided valuable visual insights.

Commercial and government managed satellites are becoming key tools for analyzing earthquake and tsunami damage and allocating resources for... read more

Publishing Date: 21/03/2011

One recent entry on the “SpaceAid” satellite tasking page which was posted by the UN Platform for Space–based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to track the many satellites passing high over Japan... read more

Publishing Date: 21/03/2011
UNOSAT supports crowd sourcing community with satellite imagery over Japan

The aftermath of the catastrophic quake and tsunami in Japan has mobilised unprecedented participation from social networks and crowd sourcing communities around the world. Satellite imagery released for free by major commercial satellite companies earlier this week revealed to the world the extent of the impact of the tsunami waves that hit the east coast of Japan on Friday 11 March. Japan is using various satellite sensors and is coping with the technical work necessary to turn this large amount of data into useful information for rescue and ... read more

Publishing Date: 18/03/2011
Mapping Japan's changed landscape from space

Following the massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on 11 March, satellite imagery has been vital in providing a clear picture of the extent of devastation to aid the relief effort now underway. In response to this event, which turned out to be the biggest earthquake Japan has suffered in living memory, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was triggered by the Cabinet Office of Japan the same day the earthquake struck.

As a result, satellite images from several space agencies and operators from around the world are being used to map and assess the stricken areas.  The value... read more

Publishing Date: 16/03/2011

In response to the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami, Esri is providing assistance to a myriad of organizations involved in the disaster response. The company is working closely with both domestic and international agencies to provide on-site personnel, geographic information system (GIS) software expertise, and project services. Esri is also providing organizations with software, data,... read more

Publishing Date: 14/03/2011

After the severe earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ was activated on the morning of the 11 March 2011. All participating institutions were asked to provide satellite imagery of the affected area.

“The information acquired by the German TerraSAR-X radar satellite and the RapidEye imaging satellites, together with data from the American WorldView-2 satellite, show the extent of the disaster,” explains Stefan Voigt, a researcher at DLR. “The advantage of satellite data is the extensive coverage of the disaster area that it provides. At the same time... read more

Publishing Date: 14/03/2011

March 11, 2011 will be remembered as the date of one of the largest earthquakes and tsunamis in living history. An 8.9 earthquake, along with massive tidal waves, hit Japan with incredible force, causing catastrophic devastation. As the quake hit and the tsunami moved across the Pacific, earth observation technology including buoys, satellites and imaging devices allowed scientists and the media to visualize and track the impact of the event, mitigating loss of life and property and supporting effective rescue efforts.

Within just one day, UN-SPIDER had developed a database of applicable information and visualizations; the Japanese Meteorological Society had created and distributed 2 and 3-D maps of the event; the... read more

Publishing Date: 14/03/2011

Japan's plan to launch six or seven positioning satellites is a 200 billion yen project meant to boost the Japanese economy through its joint implementation by both the public and private sectors. Scheduled to include satellites of the same type as the recently launched quasi-zenith satellite Michibiki, the network's high accuracy also will help Japanese companies expand overseas if the system becomes the standard infrastructure for the Asia-Pacific region.
By combining this nation's quasi-zenith satellites and the United States'... read more

Publishing Date: 10/01/2011

ESRI and United Nations University (UNU) recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the university’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. They will collaborate on research, create Centers of Excellence, promote the exchange of graduate students, and provide geographic information system (GIS) training opportunities within and by UNU.

“This agreement will promote enhanced spatial information use in UNU’s research and education initiatives,” said UNU rector and under-secretary-general of the United Nations professor Konrad Osterwalder. “It will also support the increased presence of young researchers at UNU campuses and complement existing and planned research and education programs".

Source:... read more

Publishing Date: 24/02/2010

The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) today signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) concerning Mutual cooperation for satellite disaster monitoring.

In this LOI, both parties acknowledged the necessity to promote satellite application, especially Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites, as well as related applied research, and to pursue such activities in an international manner.

For further information, please check:
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Publishing Date: 24/08/2009


WLF logo. Image: WFL
The International Consortium on Landslides and the Global Promotion Committee of International Programme on Landslides will organize the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) on 2-6 November 2021 in Kyoto, Japan. The aim of this Forum is to promote and share knowledge and best practices about landslide risk mitigation, monitoring and early warning.
The forum will discuss the following topics:
  • Sendai Landslide Partnerships and Kyoto Landslide Commitment
  • ... read more
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GeoEarth-2020 welcomes colleagues from all branches of Geosciences and from many countries in the world to participate to the second edition of thw 'World Congress on Geology and Earth Science'. The Conference will enable the sharing of best practices in Geoscience as well as exploring the role of remote sensing in monitoring Earth processes and dynamics.

The topics of the Conference include:

The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) and the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships 2015-2025 announce the  5th World Landslide Forum (WLF5) to be held November 2-6, 2020, in Kyoto Japan. 

This Forum will include a mid-term review of the ISDR-ICL Sendai Partnerships, voluntary contribution to the Sendai Framework 2015-2030 and the Agenda 2030 – Sustainable Development Goals, especially Goal 11 "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable".

Participants of the Fourth World Landslide Forum adopted the 2017 Ljubljana... read more

The session during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) will demonstrate how new innovations in the application of earth observation, satellite imagery,... read more

March 2015 is the goal for implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA) which was adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) held in Kobe, Hyogo in 2005. Taking this opportunity, the Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2015 (ACDR2015) will be held on 15 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, on the occasion of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), 14-18 March 2015. The ACDR2015 will be held as a public forum of the WCDRR in order to confirm achievements of HFA, to clarify the core actions on improving capacity for disaster risk reduction in post-HFA, and to provide an opportunity to discuss our future activities. Sentinel Asia Step3 introduction leaflet and its Case studies were distributed at ACDR2015 in the... read more

This public forum is focusing on enhancing society's resilience towards future catastrophic disaster by providing the possible and severe disaster scenarios and leading actions of citizens this public forum aims to provide an opportunity to share the advances of disaster management system by fusion of simulation, sensing and geo-informatics, and to discuss its utilization and future perspectives.

The forum:... read more

Over the last decades there has been an increase in weather-related disasters, changes in societal structures, and advancements in weather prediction technologies. The session will examine in particular experiences in early warning. The integration of geospatial technology as part of risk communication has been a key to success to early warning systems and risk information application by governments, businesses and individuals. The identification of policies and regulations; the prioritization of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation investment options; the development of sovereign risk financing options; the design of risk-sensitive business models; and better risk management decision-making has added to more effective early warning.

UNOOSA/UN-... read more

The 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations... read more

OGC and GEO announce joint session on GEOSS in Asia: The Next 10 years November 13, 2014 - Join the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and invited speakers at a special joint session scheduled for December 1st, 1100-1800 (JST), in Tokyo, Japan. The session is intended to provide an overview and discussion on the state of the Group on Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS) and the role of OGC and other standards to enable greater interoperability in the context of Asia, with a particular focus on GEO plans for the next ten years. Co-located with OGC’s December technical and planning committee meetings (OGC-TC/PC), speakers will present on a variety of topics including: Introduction to the Group on... read more


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