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  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland. 28th July 2016
    Flood occuring around the Yangtze River, China Fri Jul 29 2016
    Several regions in the People's Republic of China (PRC) have experienced extreme floods in the last months. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), floods during the summer of 2016 are reaching or surpassing historical peaks.    A comparison of the satellite images of the Yangtze River – the third longest one in the world –taken on 27 March and on 28 July 2016 shows...
  •  Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Jesse Allen and Joshua Stevens, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Pola Lem.
    Fires in Siberia, Russia Thu Jul 28 2016
    In mid-July 2016, fires occurred in Siberia, in the tundra-taiga interface of the North West of the region. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on acquired pictures of the smokes on the 19th of July 2016. According to Bruce Forbes form the University of Lapland “there can be ancient peat...
  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Fuller Fire in Arizona, United-States Thu Jul 28 2016
    On the 16th of July 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) caught smoke images from space which are related to a fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The red spot on the picture show where the MODIS system detected unusual high temperatures. The fire was still burning on...
  • Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.
    Sand Fire in California leaves Burn Scar Thu Jul 28 2016
    On the 22nd of July 2016 a fire occurred in southern California, United States. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) acquired some images of the phenomenon during and after the burn. On July 25th the fire burned more than 33,100 acres displacing people from more than 10,000 homes. Dozens of...
  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Hurricane Darby and Tropical Storm Estelle in the Pacific Thu Jul 28 2016
    On the 17th of July 2016, the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured images of the Hurricane Darby and Tropical Storm Estelle. Those two natural phenomena follow previous ones which also occurred in the eastern Pacific Ocean named Agatha, Blas and Celia. If those different disasters did not...
  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response using Suomi NPP VIIRS data.
    Fires occurred in Colorado, Wyoming and California, United-States Thu Jul 28 2016
    On the 10th of July, a fire occurred in Colorado burning around 13,000 acres of land in the area. The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some images from space. This disaster named Hayden Pass Fire may threaten the life of a protected species – the cutthroat trout – according to the...
  • Image courtesy of NASA, Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Pola Lem.
    Dust occurring in Chile Wed Jul 27 2016
    On the beginning of July 2016, airborne dust reached the coast of Chile. This phenomenon hardly ever occurs in the west coast of South America, according to atmospheric researchers. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some natural-color images of the event on the 8 of July. The dust...
  • Training course in Santo Domingo on drought indices
    UN-SPIDER and the National Emergency Commission conduct a training course in Santo Domingo Tue Jul 26 2016
    The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic (NEC) joined forces to conduct a training course in the premises of the NEC from 20 to 22 July 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The training course focused on the generation of maps depicting the Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) and the Standard...
  • Mrs Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, and Mayor General Rafael De Luna Pichirilo, President of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic.
    UN-SPIDER Regional Expert Meeting in Santo Domingo Wed Jul 20 2016
    UN-SPIDER and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic conducted a regional expert meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the support of Secure World Foundation on the use of space-based information in early warning systems for sroughts. The meeting, which was conducted on 18 and 19 July 2016, brought together nearly 70 experts from Brazil, Colombia, Dominican...
  • Director of UNOOSA visits El Salvador
    Director of UNOOSA visits El Salvador Tue Jul 19 2016
    Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, carried out an official visit to El Salvador, which was arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Mission of El Salvador to the United Nations Office at Vienna as a follow-up to the recent incorporation of El Salvador as a member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.  He mission to El Salvador served to provide...
  • UN-SPIDER concludes Expert Mission to El Salvador
    UN-SPIDER concludes Expert Mission to El Salvador Tue Jul 19 2016
    UN-SPIDER conducted an expert mission to El Salvador from 12 to 15 July 2016.  The mission included an official visit by Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, to El Salvador.   This official visit was arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a follow-up to the recent incorporation of El Salvador as a member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.   The opportunity was...
  • UN-SPIDER conducting Expert Mission in Guatemala
    UN-SPIDER concludes its 2016 Expert Mission to Guatemala Tue Jul 19 2016
    UN-SPIDER conducted an expert mission to Guatemala from 6 to 11 July 2016 as a way to continue providing technical advisory support to this country.  The mission included a meeting with the Executive Director and with staff of Guatemala’s National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) and with representatives of various government organizations as a way to advance with the inter-...
  • Nepartak Typhoon. Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Pola Lem.
    Typhoon Nepartak affecting Taiwan (POC) Fri Jul 8 2016
    A super-typhoon called Nepartak made landfall in Taiwan (POC) in the morning of the 7th of July 2016. According to the Taiwan’s Central News Agency, at least 69 people were injured.  The cyclone is expected to lead to heavy rainfall across the island before heading to China.  The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Aqua...
  • UN-SPIDER conducted and Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Myanmar
    UN-SPIDER conducted and Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Myanmar Tue Jul 5 2016
    The UN-SPIDER team conducted an Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Myanmar from 27 June to 1 July 2016. The aim of the mission has been to identify Myanmar’s needs in disaster and risk management and is a follow-up to two missions conducted previously in March and November 2012.  Since 2012 great efforts were taken by Myanmar authorities to improve their use of space-based information...
  • Droughts affecting Latin America
    Dominican Republic Regional Expert Meeting Wed Jun 29 2016
    The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic will conduct a Regional Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems for Drought.  The expert meeting will be conducted in Santo Domingo on 18 and 19 July 2016, in the premises of the Centro de Exportación e...
  • Aerosol Index, Sahara dust. Image courtesy of Jesse Allen, NASA Earth Observatory, using Suomi NPP OMPS data provided courtesy of Colin Seftor (SSAI)
    Saharan Dust Wed Jun 29 2016
    In mid-June, plumes of dust, coming for northern Africa’s desert, reached the north of Europe. This phenomenon of dusty-wind has different impacts on other continents, helping fertilizing soils in Latin America, adding sand to the Caribbean beaches or affecting the air quality in Europe, The Suomi NPP satellite from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) caught a series of space...
  • Satellite image Erskine Fire. NASA Earth Observatory, image courtesy of Jesse Allen, using VIIRS day-night band data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership
    Erskine Fire Affecting California Wed Jun 29 2016
    A wildfire called Erskine started on 23 June 2016 in California due to an unknown cause. It burnt 18,368 hectares of forest and 250 structures in the southwest of the United-States, causing the death of two people. The space-based images have been captured by the Suomi NPP satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Thanks to the day-night band (DNB) of the Visible...
  • Floods in France. Image with courtesy of Philippe Derrien
    Floods affecting Europe and the United-States Mon Jun 13 2016
    Massive floods recently affected Europe and the United-States. In the case of the United States, the Integrated Multisatellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) system - using data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and from the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA) - recorded rainfalls triggered by tropical depression Bonnie.  Excessive rainfall affected different regions of Texas,...
  • Image courtesy of NASA, created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data provided by the joint Global Agricultural Monitoring Project between NASA, USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and the University of Maryland
    South-Asia Drought Monitoring System Mon Jun 13 2016
    Drought is a hazard which can affect the lives of millions of people around the world. This phenomena can seriously threaten the livelihoods based on subsistence agriculture. Tradiationally, meteorological offices or departments use rainfall data to assess the magnitude and geographical extent of droughts. In order to support efforts conducted in South-Asia related to droughts, a  South-Asia...
  • 59th session of COPUOS at UNOV
    COPUOS concluded its 59th annual session at UNOV Thu Jun 9 2016
    The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) concluded its 59th annual session in the premises of the United Nations Office at Vienna. The Committee was set up by the General Assembly in 1959. The Committee is the only committee of the General Assembly dealing exclusively with international cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space, and its role as a forum to monitor and...
  • 7th session of the UN-SPIDER RSOs
    UN-SPIDER conducts its 7th annual RSO meeting Mon Jun 6 2016
    The UN-SPIDER programme is conducting the 7th annual meeting of its Regional Support Offices (RSOs) in the premises of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). The meeting brings together representatives of thirteen of the twenty RSOs and additional supporters of the progamme. The network of RSOs is a very strong pillar to the programme, as RSOs contribute to UN-SPIDER activities in efforts...

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