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  • UNOOSA launches space4water portal to promote the use of space technology for sustainable water management Tue Dec 4 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) launched the space4water portal during the eighth edition of the PSIPW award ceremony hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The new portal will serve as a platform to gather information and strengthen partnerships related to space-based information for water...
  • Mocoa landslide in Colombia in 2017. Image: OCHA Colombia / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
    Colombia publishes risk atlas to support Sendai Framework implementation Thu Nov 29 2018
    The Colombian National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (Unidad Nacional de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, UNGRD) has recently published the “Colombia Risk Atlas: Revealing Latent Disasters”. The publication strengthens the understanding of disaster risks at the national and regional level, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The Atlas highlights different...
  • Participants at the training. Image: AOGEOSS.
    Asia-Oceania GEOSS network for capacity-building conducts joint training on Earth observation for urban, agriculture and disaster monitoring in the Mekong Basin Sat Nov 24 2018
    The National University of Laos (NUOL) and Deqing Academy of Satellite Applications (DASA) conducted a joint Asia-Oceania GEOSS (AOGEOSS) training workshop on Earth observation data for urban, agriculture and disaster monitoring in the Mekong Basin from 15 to 19 October 2018 at the Faculty of Engineering (FE) of the National University of Lao People’s Democratic Republic. The workshop was carried...
  • World Disasters Report 2018 launch at the United Nations Office in Vienna. Image: UNIS.
    2018 World Disasters Report warns about gaps in humanitarian response sector Fri Nov 23 2018
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Austrian Red Cross presented the 2018 World Disasters Report at the United Nations in Vienna on 12 November. The report addresses the need to fill the gaps in humanitarian assistance coverage to avoid the...
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    Europe launches its latest weather satellite into orbit Fri Nov 23 2018
    Europe’s newest weather satellite was launched into orbit on 7 November and is set to bring more accurate forecasts than ever. The rocket was carrying the 4083 kg MetOp-C towards its destination of polar orbit. About 60 minutes after take-off, Soyuz’s upper stage delivered the satellite into orbit and contact was established through the Yatharagga ground station in Australia. The new satellite is...
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    Morocco’s new satellite aims to prevent and manage natural disasters Thu Nov 22 2018
    Morocco launched a new satellite on 20 November which aims to assist with a range of tasks including the prevention and management of natural disasters, monitoring changes in the environment and desertification, as well as border and coastal surveillance. Mohammed VI-B, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite, was put into orbit via Arianespace’s Vega launcher which lifted off from Guiana ...
  • UN-SPIDER International Expert Meeting discusses use of big space data for disaster risk reduction and emergency reponse in Africa Sun Nov 11 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), conducted an International Expert Meeting on 12 November at the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany. “Towards Big (Space) Data in Support of Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response in Africa” aimed at contributing to an increased...
  • NASA-NOAA’s Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite captured an image of Cyclone Felleng in the Southern Indian Ocean in 2013. Image: NASA/CC BY 2.0
    China-France Oceanography Satellite to assist with disaster management Wed Nov 7 2018
    China and France launched a new joint Earth observation satellite on 29 October which aims to assist with a range of tasks including global marine monitoring, disaster management, and risk reduction as well as tracking the effects of climate change. The China-France Oceanography Satellite (CFOSat) was put into orbit via a Long March 2C rocket which lifted off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch...
  • Coseismic displacement field from InSAR and GPS data. Image: Remote Sens. 2018, 10(6), 899; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs10060899
    New methodology to create maps for decision-making support after earthquakes Mon Nov 5 2018
    Spanish and Ecuadorian researchers have developed a new methodology to estimate faults and volcanoes that can be activated in a region after an earthquake. The approach consist in evaluating changes of static stress on the surrounding faults and volcanoes and producing maps of potentially activated faults and volcanoes. The main goal of the study is to achieve an effective transfer of knowledge...
  • Panel at UN-SPIDER/CONCYT seminar.
    UN-SPIDER and National Council for Science and Technology of Guatemala co-organize seminar on 20th anniversary of Hurricane Mitch Wed Oct 31 2018
    The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) and the National Council for Science and Technology of Guatemala (CONCYT), through the National Secretariat for Science and Technology (SENACYT), co-organize a seminar in Guatemala from 30 to 31 October about the technological and institutional progress made in Guatemala in...
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    UN-SPIDER contributes to USGIF report on Geospatial Intelligence and Resilient Communities Wed Oct 31 2018
    The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has recently released a new report on “Building Resilient Communities Through Geospatial Intelligence”. The report highlights the importance of raising awareness about the value of space-based information for early warning systems and risk and disaster management. Moreover, it suggests the need for a better definition of GEOINT within...
  • Abdulla Nasser Lootah, Director General, FCSA, UAE, presents a silver falcon to Maya Tissafi, Ambassador of Switzerland to the UAE, as the host of the next World Data Forum. Image: IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth
    UN World Data Forum calls for funding mechanism to strengthen national statistics systems Wed Oct 31 2018
    A declaration adopted by a wide range of stakeholders at the second United Nations World Data, calls for an increase in financing for better data and statistics for sustainable development. The Dubai Declaration aims to establish a funding mechanism under the mandate of the United Nations Statistics Commission to raise resources to address the data needs for the full implementation of the 2030...
  • An image of a dust storm over the Arabian Peninsula captured by the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite in July 2018. Image: NASA Earth Observatory
    New United Arab Emirates satellite aims to assist disaster relief efforts Mon Oct 29 2018
    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a new satellite on 29 October which aims to assist with a range of tasks including aiding relief efforts after disasters. KhalifaSat, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite, was put into orbit via a H-2A rocket which lifted off from the the Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan. The satellite will spend five years in a Low Earth Orbit where it will...
  • Participants at the 8th UN-SPIDER conference in Beijing.
    Eighth UN-SPIDER Beijing conference discusses enhancing disaster preparedness for effective emergency response Wed Oct 24 2018
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through the United Nations Platform for Spaced-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), is conducting the eighth edition of the United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction from 24 to 26 October in Beijing, China. The event is organized together with...
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    New report highlights trends in economic and human losses caused by disasters Tue Oct 23 2018
    The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) have released a new report that highlights the global trends in disaster losses in the period between 1998 and 2017. “Economic Losses, Poverty & Disasters1998-2017” shows the significant increase of economic losses caused by climate-related disasters since 1970....
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    Delta State University joins network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices Tue Oct 23 2018
    Delta State University became the 23rd member of the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices (RSO) on 1 October. As an RSO, Delta State University will communicate and coordinate with UN-SPIDER on a regular basis, engage in outreach and capacity-building efforts, and contribute to the programme’s technical advisory support activities. Through its Geospatial Information Technologies Centre (...
  • Participants at the UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission in Ghana, October 2018.
    UN-SPIDER conducts Institutional Strengthening Mission to Ghana Mon Oct 15 2018
    The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) is conducting an institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Ghana from 15 to 19 October. The mission is carried out in cooperation with the Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and upon the invitation of the Government of Ghana. Thirty participants from more than...
  • Distribution of Disaster Relief in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 2016. Image: UN Photo/Logan Abassi.
    UN-SPIDER facilitates use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction Sat Oct 13 2018
    Disasters cause tremendous loss of lives and assets around the world. Over the last twenty years, more than 1.35 million people have died, while over 4 billion have been displaced, left homeless, injured or in need of emergency assistance as a result of disasters according to a new report by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of...
  • Global TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model. Image: DLR.
    German Aerospace Center releases 3D representation of Earth for free download Tue Oct 9 2018
    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has released a 90-metre resolution global elevation model from its TanDEM-X mission for scientific data use. The data is free to download via the new Earth Observation Center (EOC) download service. Digital Elevation Models (DEM) support disaster management efforts by allowing to map and modell natural hazards and risks that are influenced by topography such as...
  • SAOCOM 1A launching Credit: NASAspaceflight.com
    CONAE launches new SAOCOM 1 satellite for effective Earth observation and disaster management Tue Oct 9 2018
    The Argentina National Space Activities Commission (CONAE) launched a new Earth observation satellite that will support disaster management efforts. SAOCOM 1A is the first of a constellation of two radar satellites. The remote sensing mission aims to provide timely information for disaster management as well as monitoring services for agriculture, mining and ocean applications. The SAOCOM 1A uses...
  • Image of snow across northern Mongolia in January 2017 captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite. Image: Nasa Earth Observatory
    Satellite-based system to monitor droughts/dzuds handed over to Mongolia Tue Oct 2 2018
    A drought/dzud monitoring system known as “DroughtWatch-Mongolia” has been officially handed over to Mongolia on 17 September by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. DroughtWatch-Mongolia is a system based on satellite data which aims to provide real-...

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