UN-SPIDER participates in RESAP and Asia-Pacific Year meetings
Wed Dec 4 2013
From 26 to 27 November 2013, UN-SPIDER particiapated in the 17th Session of the Intergovernmental Consultative Committee (ICC) on the Regional Space Applications Programme for Sustainable Development (RESAP) in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting provided an overview of the work progress of RESAP during 2012-2013 and work plan for 2014-2015. It also discussed how to implement a Regional cooperative...
18th Governing Board meeting of CSSTEAP
Wed Dec 4 2013
On 21 November 2013, UN-SPIDER participated in 18th Governing Board meeting of the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP), affiliated to the United Nations, in Bangalore, India. The meeting approved the performance report and audit report of CSSTEAP for 2013, as well as its programme of work and budget for 2014. The governing board welcomed CSSTEAP's...
The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System calls for more coordination
Tue Dec 3 2013
From 12-13 November 2013, the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), a cooperation framework under the UN umbrella, met in Brussels to draw up benchmarks that regional crisis centres can use to improve coordination. There are eight regional crisis centres in the world and also two global crisis centres run by the UN, which compile, analyse and share information in the early days...
Earth Observation for Food and Agriculture: Ukraine RSO takes part in Workshop
Mon Dec 2 2013
Representatives of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Ukraine, hosted by SRI NASU-SSAU, took part in the International Meeting on Food Security, Earth Observations and Agricultural Monitoring. This workshop was held in Brussels on November 21, 2013 at the premise of the Secure World Foundation and was organized by Secure World Foundation (SWF), the European Commission (EC), and the Group of...
Ukraine RSO participates in UNOOSA Workshop on Space Technology Applications
Mon Dec 2 2013
Representatives of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in Ukraine (SRI NASU-SSAU) took part in the United Nations/Belarus Workshop on Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits. This workshop was jointly organized by UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of Belarus and took place from 11 to 15 November 2013, in Minsk (Belarus).
The workshop was hosted by...
Romania: Towards a Satellite-based Operational Emergency Service
Mon Dec 2 2013
UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Romania, hosted by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), is currently implementing an updated version of the National Emergency Service in the framework of the "Platform for Geoinformation in Support of Disaster Management (GEODIM)" project. The service provides value-added products for all the phases of a disaster, namely preparedness/prevention,...
The GPM satellite has arrived at its launch site in Japan
Mon Dec 2 2013
The GPM satellite, created to to measure the type and intensity of precipitation, has arrived at its launch site in Japan after a flight from NASA's Goddard Space flight Center in Maryland. The spacecraft's microwave imager and dual-frequency radar will measure the type and intensity of precipitation, peering inside clouds and studying everything from winter storms to hurricanes. The special...
5th Annual CrisisMappers Conference concluded
Fri Nov 29 2013
The 5th International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) took place from 18 to 22 November 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya bringing together practitioners, scholars, software developers and policymakers at the cutting edge of crisis mapping and humanitarian technology.
The Conference commenced with a Pre-Conference Technical Training Session to give more hands-on training and allow attendants to learn/...
China: successful launch of Yaogan XIX satellite
Thu Nov 28 2013
On 20 November 2013 China successfully launched the Yaogan XIX, a remote-sensing satellite. Yaogan XIX was sent into scheduled orbit on the back of a Long March 4C carrier rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province.
According to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, the satellite will be used to aid in preventing and reducing natural...
Relief efforts in Philippines: satellite data used for crowdsource mapping
Wed Nov 27 2013
More than 900 volunteers are helping in the recovery efforts in Philippines by collaborating on online maps, through the OpenStreetMap network. The method uses satellite technology and the knowledge of the public to develop those maps in order to help relief organizations. One week after Typhoon Haiyan hammered the islands, blocked roads, destroyed buildings and downed telecommunications systems...
India: disaster planning and early warning saved lives
Tue Nov 26 2013
In mid-October, effective disaster planning, government cooperation, preparedness at the community level and early warning communication contributed to a minimal death toll in the wake of the strongest cyclone to hit India in 14 years, Cyclone Phailin. Early warning alerts, disseminated four days before Phailin struck land in October 12, 2013 led to the evacuation of nearly 1.2 million people and...
Oman: International Charter activated due to flood
Mon Nov 25 2013
Due to floods on Oman, USGS on behalf of National Civil Defense and Ambulance General Authority of Oman requested the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters for 22 November 2013. Since 15 November 2013 Oman has been subject to heavy rain, resulting in flooding in the northern and central parts of the country. The citizens are suggested to avoid travelling to the worst...
Space-based information applied to tackle wildfires
Fri Nov 22 2013
Wildfires remain a serious problem, presenting often-dramatic impacts that can only be minimized through a smart combination of technology, political decision and willingness to accept changes.
Since 1970s satellite remote sensing of fires has become increasingly important, developing various sensors that have been used successfully to detect active fires. In that context, MODIS (Moderate...
Access to Sentinel satellite data will be free and open
Thu Nov 21 2013
With the entering into force of the European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy in the coming days, users will be provided free, full and open access of environmental data from the Copernicus programme, including data from the Sentinel satellites. “The free and open Sentinel data policy will be a breakthrough in the use of satellite data for specialised users, but also for...
Twitter helps emergency services during natural disasters
Wed Nov 20 2013
Emergency responders start benefiting from Twitter when natural disasters strike like typhoons and tornadoes. Recognizing the increasing number of victims that tweet their plight during major natural disasters, an initiative called Micromappers has enlisted digital humanitarian volunteers to sift through those tweets and help emergency services locate those in greater need.
This method has...
MEA: multi-product data exploitation system with global data coverage since 1978
Tue Nov 19 2013
The Multi-sensor Evolution Analysis (MEA) platform supports Earth Observation communities in loading, visualizing and analysing multi-dimensional datasets. Implemented in the framework of the European Space Agency ASIM project, MEA has been recently adopted in the European Commission EarthServer initiative as graphic user interface of the Climate Data Service. MEA is a multi-product satellite...
New interactive online map shows forest loss and gain from 2000-2012
Mon Nov 18 2013
A new high-resolution global map has been created as an interactive online tool that shows forest loss and gain from 2000 to 2012. "This is the first map of forest change that is globally consistent and locally relevant," said Prof Matthew Hansen of the University of Maryland, who led the project team which developed the map with the additional help of Google Earth.
Based on 650,000 satellite...
South Korea develops new GIS-based weather model to forecast disasters
Fri Nov 15 2013
Recognizing how important it is to find innovative solutions to save lives and reduce economic losses, researchers from the High Impact Weather Research Centre (HIWRC) at South Korea’s Gangneung-Wonju National University have developed a new device which could soon predict natural disasters before they even hit. Natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, earthquakes, drought and tsunamis have a...
Somalia affected by unusual tropical cyclone
Thu Nov 14 2013
Somalia experienced one of the deadliest tropical cyclones in its history when on November 10–11, 2013, Tropical Cyclone 3A moved over Puntland causing flash floods that according to news reports left more than 100 dead and destroyed hundreds of homes as well as thousands of livestock. It was estimated that Tropical Cyclone 3A would dump 100-200 millimeters (4-8 inches) of rain, with potentially...
ESA's GOCE satellite finishes successful career
Wed Nov 13 2013
On 11 November 2013, ESA’s GOCE satellite reentered Earth’s atmosphere on a descending orbit while most of it disintegrated, as expected, within the high atmosphere. The Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer – GOCE – was launched in March 2009 to map with precision variations in Earth’s gravity. A proof of the success of this mission is the most accurate shape of the ‘geoid...