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  • GEO-KOMPSAT-2. Image: KARI
    Global satellite constellation to monitor air pollution hourly Lun Mar 30 2020
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Republic of Korea are working together on a global satellite constellation of three space-based instruments that could track global pollution on an hourly basis. These air quality satellites will measure pollutants, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and tiny atmospheric particles called...
  • Winds imaged by Aeolus. Image: ESA
    ECMWF starts including Aeolus wind data in daily weather forecasts Lun Mar 23 2020
    The European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), after months of careful testing, has started to operationally assimilate data from the European Space Agency's Aeolus satellite in its daily weather forecasts. Aeolus measurements have been considered ready for operational use as early as 14 months after the satellite launch, which is unusual for data collected from a new type of...
  • Participants during the training on flood mapping using SNAP and QGIS.
    Flood mapping at centre of UN-SPIDER training in Tunisia Mar Mar 10 2020
    To support the National Office of Civil Protection (ONPC) of Tunisia and other government agencies in using space-based information for disaster management, UN-SPIDER conducted a three-day training in Tunis from 9 to 11 March. The course highlighted the relevance and usefulness of remote sensing and satellite data as a decision-making tool in risk and disaster management. It focused on the UN-...
  • Participants at the workshop organized as part of the UN-SPIDER Technical Adivsory Mission to Tunisia, 4-6 March 2020.
    UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission to Tunisia Jeu Mar 5 2020
    At the request of, and in coordination with the National Civil Protection Office of Tunisia, UN-SPIDER is conducting a Technical Advisory Mission to Tunisia from 4 to 6 March 2020 to identify the needs of the country to fully take advantage of space-based information for disaster management. In order to discuss the use of space-based information for risk and disaster management to subsequently...
  • Workshop participants at the AFAD emergency operations room.
    UN-SPIDER strengthens capacity for combatting disasters in arid regions using space technologies Lun Fév 24 2020
    UN-SPIDER conducted a training programme on Combatting Disaster in Arid Regions Using Space-Based and Geospatial Technologies from 18 to 20 February 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. The event was the first attempt of broadening UN-SPIDER efforts to include countries in a vast swath of arid regions in Asia and North Africa, and to increase awareness of the need for space technology to combat disasters in...
  • Wetlands of Uganda from Copernicus Sentinel data. Image: ESA
    Satellite observations support wetlands management Jeu Fév 20 2020
    The European Space Agency’s (ESA) GlobWetland Africa project has produced maps that demonstrate how satellite observations can be used for the effective use and management of wetlands in Africa. The project, created in collaboration with the African Team of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, provides national and international stakeholders with the necessary satellite-based methods and tools...
  • Dzud risk map. Image: information and Research Institute of Meteorology Hydrology and Environment
    Remote sensing data used for dzud early action in Mongolia Mer Fév 19 2020
    The Mongolian National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring (NAMEM) has developed a extreme winter (dzud) risk map for the country using MODIS satellite data, among other resources. The map shows that over 50 per cent of the country are at risk of a severe winter. Following the analysis, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has released...
  • The terminus of Bear Glacier occurs in iceberg filled freshwater lagoon. Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Image: NASA.
    Large integrated satellite study reveals Greenland Ice Sheet melting faster Lun Fév 3 2020
    Scientists from 50 scientific institutions, led by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) combined 26 independent satellite datasets to show that the Greenland Ice Sheet melt is increasing. The group studied data from 1992 to 2018, taking direct measurements of the continent-sized glacier. The study found that decade averages for ice melt has...
  • 3D visualization of the Australian smoke plumes. Image: NASA.
    NASA releases interactive 3D visualization of Australian smoke plumes Lun Fév 3 2020
    When analysing wildfires and their impacts, remote sensing instruments provide frequent, broad coverage at minimal incremental cost and at no risk, compared with traditional in situ monitoring. Over the past 20 years, the research community has developed tools and techniques to capture key aspects of fire behavior and impacts, with data from spaceborne instruments such as the Multiangle Imaging...
  • Aftermath of Cyclone Idai in Mozambique in March 2019. Image: Denis Onyodi/IFRC/DRK/Climate Centre.
    Extreme weather events, major disasters among top five in Global Risks Report 2020 Jeu Jan 16 2020
    A new report lists extreme weather events and major natural disasters among the top five risks in terms of likelihood over the next decade. The Global Risks Report 2020, published by the World Economic Forum, is based on a survey of 750 global experts and decision-makers who ranked their concerns in terms of likelihood and impact. Climate action failure, biodiversity loss and human-made...
  • CSSTEAP announces 2020/2021 postgraduate programmes Jeu Jan 16 2020
    The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), which is affiliated to the United Nations, has announced its 2020/2021 postgraduate courses in Remote Sensing and GIS, Satellite Meteorology and Global Climate, and Space and Atmospheric Science. The Remote Sensing and GIS course will be held from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 at the Indian Institute of Remote...
  • Satellite data saves precious minutes and millions of dollars during disasters, NASA study finds Mar Déc 17 2019
    A first of its kind study by researchers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, calculated the Value of Information (VOI) for the near real-time satellite data available during a disaster. The team used MODIS data and QGIS to create water extent maps for a 2011 flood in Thailand. The results allowed researchers to analyze paths from ambulance houses and fire stations to...
  • Participants at the 8th African Space Leadership Conference. Image: ESSTI.
    8th African Space Leadership Conference focusses on space science and technology for sustainable development Jeu Déc 12 2019
    As the African space sector is growing rapidly, with Ethiopia being the latest country from the region to launch its first satellite, the number of initiatives to make use of space technologies in sustainable development is increasing. In November 2019, for instance, Egypt launched the African Development Satellite Project at a meeting with heads of space agencies from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya,...
  • Image: UNOOSA.
    Regional workshop addresses role of Earth observation in multi-hazard disaster risk assessment and Sendai framework monitoring Jeu Déc 12 2019
    In order for South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Member States to be able to incorporate the routine use of space technology-based solutions, there is a need to increase awareness, build national capacity and develop solutions that are customized to their needs. The regional workshop and capacity-building programme on the "Role of Earth Observation in Multi-Hazard Disaster...
  • Call for scholarships: Copernicus Master in Digital Earth Sam Nov 30 2019
    Geospatial technologies have the ability to confront global problems in a way never seen before; and the demand for qualified professionals to address these problems grows as well. With this in mind, the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Programme - in conjunction with the EU’s Copernicus programme - is calling for applications to the Copernicus Master in Digital Earth....
  • Participants at the training. Image: UNOOSA.
    UN-SPIDER hosts International Charter project manager training in Bonn Ven Nov 29 2019
    The UN-SPIDER Bonn office hosted a training session for Project Managers of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" on the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, on 5 November 2019. The training was organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) and German Aerospace Center (DLR). It took place prior to the UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in...
  • Training participants flying an UAV. Image: UNOOSA.
    UN-SPIDER training course focuses on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction Jeu Nov 28 2019
    The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction recognises the importance of ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (Eco-DRR). In the last two decades, Asia has experienced numerous disasters caused by geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards impacting human settlements, both rural and urban. Gradual recognition of Eco-DRR as an efficient risk reduction tool is bringing the development focus...
  • Sentinel Hub launches second custom script contest Mar Nov 19 2019
    Sentinel Hub’s Earth Observation (EO) browser is hosting its second round of contests for custom scripts to better visualize and analyze the Earth’s surface. EO Browser, developed by Sinergise in close cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), brings together petabytes of data from many satellite platforms - from ESA’s Copernicus programme to NASA’s Landsat missions. The competition is...
  • New NASA sensor to support drought and wildfire prediction Jeu Nov 14 2019
    Major disasters such as droughts and wildfires are driven by the dryness of vegetation. To enhance the monitoring of plant water stress, NASA launched and installed a new sensor on the International Space Station. ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) allows identifying loss of water in leaves- even before they show visible signs of trouble. The image to...
  • Image: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences.
    New research investigates early warning signals of Anak Krakatau volcano collapse Mer Nov 13 2019
    On 22 December 2018 a large chunk of the Anak Krakatau volcanic island collapsed into the ocean, causing a tsunami that swept across Indonesia’s Sunda Strait. Because tsunami early warning systems are exclusively equipped to detect tsunamis that are generated by earthquakes, this volcanic collapse-caused tsunami took place without a warning. In the coastal regions of Java and Sumatra, where...
  • UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference. Image: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)
    Participants discuss space technologies for disaster management in Africa at UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference Ven Nov 8 2019
    Over 100 participants from more than 20 countries discussed the use of space technologies in meeting the challenges posed by floods, droughts and other disasters across Africa at an international conference that took place from 6 to 8 November in Bonn, Germany. The UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference "Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications,...

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