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  • Anak Krakatau captured by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 on 13 April 2020. Image: NASA.
    New studies use ground-based, satellite and AI technologies to improve volcanic eruption forecasting Tue Jun 2 2020
    Most of the volcanic activities are rapidly evolving phenomena, and thus, hard for volcanologists and disaster management agencies to monitor and predict. In the last four decades, however, due to the proliferation of new and innovative instruments and techniques, scientists have made progress in forecasting the timing of many volcanic eruptions. New studies have shown that combining ground-based...
  • United Nations High-Level Event on "Youth 2030". Image: UN Photo/Mark Garten.
    Space4Youth Competition 2020 launched Tue May 26 2020
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) have launched the second edition of their Space4Youth competition. Under the title Space4Climate, this year's focus is on SDG 13, Climate Action. In order to participate, students and young professionals from any Member State of the United Nations are invited to submit an essay on the topic...
  • Sentinel-2 imagery of the area on 4 May. Image: CSSTEAP.
    CSSTEAP analyses Sardoba dam failure Tue May 19 2020
    Using space-based information, the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) affiliated to the United Nations has analysed the recent failure of a dam around the Sardoba Reservoir in Uzbekistan. Following a week of heavy rain in the region, the wall of the dam broke on 1 May and flooded surroundings in Uzbekistan as well as Kazakhstan to the north....
  • Global monthly primary productivity. Image: ESA
    New research investigates global carbon cycle from phytoplankton satellite imagery Mon May 11 2020
    A recent study has produced a 20-year time series of primary production by marine phytoplankton, one of the largest fluxes of carbon on our planet. Studying phytoplankton primary production is important because it provides useful information about ocean biology, climate, and global carbon cycle. Observing primary production over long-time scales or quantifying its small variations can help the...
  • Water Resource Map. Image: IWMI
    IWMI and DEA partner to support water management in Africa Mon May 11 2020
    The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and Digital Earth Africa (DEA) have partnered to develop tools and applications that will support water resource management and water security in Africa. The applications will use remote-sensing and machine learning technologies and will produce measurements that can improve the understanding of Africa’s changing landscape and provide African...
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    UNOOSA hosts webinar on Space4Health Fri May 8 2020
    On 14 May, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) hosted two sessions of a webinar on space applications to support global health, including to fight coronavirus.  During the 90-minute sessions, experts from UNOOSA, as well as from other international organisations, governments and private sector companies operating in the space sector discussed how space applications can...
  • Earth Observation Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Communities logo. Image: GEO
    GEO and UN-Habitat open call for expressions of interest to support sustainable urban development Wed Apr 22 2020
    The Group of Earth Observations (GEO) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) have opened a call for expression of interest for the “Earth Observation Toolkit for Sustainable Cities and Communities” programme. This programme aims to support UN Member States in sustainable urban development by creating a customizable and continually updated toolkit that will integrate Earth...
  • Sentinel-2 image of fire. Image: ESA
    Copernicus Emergency Management Service monitors wildfires in Ukraine Tue Apr 21 2020
    A series of wildfires have been destroying forests and agricultural land near the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. Due to concerns about the spread of these fires and the potential dispersion of smoke plumes and radioactive chemicals to nearby inhabited areas, the European Union’s Emergency Response Coordinating Centre (ERCC) requested the activation of the Copernicus Emergency...
  • The TIROS-1 satellite. Image: NASA
    World’s first weather satellite launched 60 years ago Thu Apr 16 2020
    On 1 April 1960, NASA sent the Television Infrared Observation Satellite (TIROS-1) into space. TIROS-1 was developed during the 1950s and, after years of experimental programmes and attempts, became the world’s first weather satellite. Since weather satellites were a new technology at that time, the mission also tested various design issues for spacecraft, such as instruments, data, and...
  • JAXA Climate Rainfall Watch. Image: JAXA.
    New JAXA website provides hourly global measurements of precipitation Wed Apr 15 2020
    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released the JAXA Climate Rainfall Watch website to monitor extreme weather and climate over the world. The website provides hourly global measurements of precipitation as well as forecasts about heavy rainfall and drought in different temporal scales (daily, pentad, weekly, 10-days and monthly). The satellite-based global rainfall maps produce...
  • Egyptian Space Agency signs cooperation protocol with French Space Agency. Image: EgSA.
    Egypt and France sign space science and technology cooperation agreement Tue Apr 14 2020
    The Egyptian Space Agency (EgSA) and France’s Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) have signed a space cooperation agreement. The agreement provides a framework for both countries to collaborate on different topics, including satellite developments, exploration of outer space, space applications, R&T, nanosatellites development and training, and the Space Climate Observatory (SCO)...
  • Custom Script Contest - COVID-19 edition logo. Image: Sentinel Hub
    ESA launches COVID-19 custom script contest Fri Apr 3 2020
    The European Space Agency (ESA), in coordination with the European Commission, is launching a special edition of the Custom Script Contest, focused on the support of space assets during the COVID-19 crisis, managed by Euro Data Cube group. The contest is looking for remote sensing experts, machine learning scientists and interested public to make proposals on how satellite data can help with...
  • NDVI Anomaly. Image: NASA
    SERVIR produces maps to support efforts against locust outbreak in Eastern Africa Fri Apr 3 2020
    SERVIR, a joint program between NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has partnered with relief organizations and the United Nations, including the Desert Locust Information System of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), to produce maps that could explain locust behavior. The maps provide useful information on environmental conditions, such as soil moisture...
  • GEO-KOMPSAT-2. Image: KARI
    Global satellite constellation to monitor air pollution hourly Mon 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 Mon 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 Tue 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 Thu 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 Mon Feb 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 Thu Feb 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 Wed Feb 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 Mon Feb 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...

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