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  • UN-SPIDER inaugurates it annual Beijing Conference Mon Sep 19 2016
    From 19 to 21 September UN-SPIDER is conducting the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – ‘Understanding Disaster Risk’”, in Beijing, China.  Co-organised with the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and in collaboration with the Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the...
  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Hurricane Hermine gets closer to Florida Sat Sep 3 2016
    On the 1 September 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration caught this image of Hurricane Hermine reaching Florida. The storm reached Florida coasts on the 2 of September with winds up to 120 kilometers announced the National Hurricane Center. 
  • Screenshot of the video from the NASA published on The Guardian website. Courtesy of Guardian News & Media Ltd.
    Pacific and Atlantic Hurricanes images caught by the ISS Fri Sep 2 2016
    Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured very interesting videos of hurricanes Lester and Madeline which are heading towards Hawaii; as well as of Hurricane Gaston above the Atlantic Ocean.  
  • Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership. Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Fires in Latin America Thu Sep 1 2016
    The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) caught images of smoke in Latin America.    Fires were reported on 25 August 2016 in Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. Those fires probably resulted from the land-clearing practices for crops or pastures. Bolivia declared a state of emergency as fires...
  • Image courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA) of a sandstorm over the Persian Gulf in 2008.
    United Nations/Islamic Republic of Iran Workshop on the Use of Space Technology for Dust Storm and Drought Monitoring in the Middle East Region Tue Aug 30 2016
    The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Space Agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran will organize a workshop focusing on the use of space technology for dust storm and drought monitoring in the Middle East region.    This workshop, to be conducted in Tehran from 5 to 9 November 2016, will be hosted by the Iranian Space Agency (ISA) on behalf of the Ministry of Information...
  • Image courtesy of the USGS, ShakeMap.
    Strong Earthquake in the Union of Myanmar Fri Aug 26 2016
    An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 occurs in central Myanmar, next to the archeological site of Bagan on the 24 of August 2016. 4 people died in the disaster and dozens of historical buildings including pagodas, temples, monasteries and other structures were destroyed, according to the BBC.  An aftershock of magnitude 7.0 is expected and could affect Thailand said Suwit Khosuwan on the 25 of August,...
  • Image courtesy of USGS, ShakeMap.
    Deadly Earthquake in Central Italy Thu Aug 25 2016
    In the early morning of the 24 August 2016 an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 occurred in the central area of the Italian Republic, affecting the regions of Lazio, Abruzzo and Umbria.   More than 4,300 rescuers have been called to come to the assistance of the population. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service has been activated. The Italian Civil Protection is operating at the moment while the...
  • First African Drought Conference in Namibia
    UN-SPIDER present at the First African Drought Conference in Namibia Thu Aug 25 2016
    The First African Drought Conference conducted in Windhoek, Namibia, from 14 to 18 August 2016 shed the spotlight on the necessity for Africa to incorporate high on its development agenda a “Strategic Framework for Drought Risk Management and Enhancing Resilience in Africa”. Such a framework would allow this continent to enhance its drought resilience and to be better prepared to confront such...
  • FOSS4G Conference Bonn 2016 - Side Event on the premises of UN-SPIDER
    UN-SPIDER hosts the FOSS4G side event on Collaborative Information Management for Emergency Response Thu Aug 25 2016
    UN-SPIDER is hosting a side event of the FOSS4G conference.  The side event, conducted in the UN Campus in Bonn, Germany, on 24 August 2016,  is part of the activities conducted by the International Working Group on Satellite Emergency Mapping IWG-SEM.   This side-event aims to bring together different stakeholders from the space-based information field who are members of IWG-SEM, as well as...
  • Image courtesy ofNASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption and image cropping by Adam Voiland.
    Brown sediments poured into Lake Pontchartrain, United-States Tue Aug 23 2016
    The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured a space image of sediments on 17 August 2016 in Lake Pontchartrain, located in the state of Louisiana, United-States.    Due to the heavy rainfall which affected Louisiana in August 2016, most of the rivers “crested at record-high levels” and some...
  • Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens, using data from the Land Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE). Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Fire occurs in California, United States of America Fri Aug 19 2016
    On the 16th of August 2016, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) detected smoke and warm surfaces affecting San Bernardino, California.   On the 17th, the fire had burned 30,000 acres and forced more than 82,000 people to abandon their houses.  "In my 40 years of fighting fire, I've never seen...
  • Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory map by Joshua Stevens, using IMERG data provided courtesy of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Science Team’s Precipitation Processing System (PPS). Caption by Kathryn Hansen.
    Heavy rainfall triggers extreme floods in Louisiana, United States Tue Aug 16 2016
    In August 2016, heavy rainfall occurred in Louisiana, United States, raising the level of the rivers leading to floods.   The Integrated Multi-Satellite Retrievals for GPM (IMERG) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gathered data 12 to 14 August.   The continuous precipitations during three days lead to record level heights of rivers. More than 20,000 people were rescued...
  • UNCCD Conference “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent” Tue Aug 16 2016
    The Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia, in collaboration with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) are conducting in Windhoek, Namibia, the conference entitled “Enhancing resilience to drought events on the African Continent”.  The conference is being conducted from 15 to 19 August 2016 and was opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia, Honorable Ms....
  • Republic of Portugal, image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland.
    Fire in the west coast of the Republic of Portugal and South of France Fri Aug 12 2016
    The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) detected and captured images of numerous fires occurring in the western region of Portugal on the 6th of August. Strong winds spread the flames on the west coast and hundreds of fires were then noticed on the 11th of August. Three people died in the city of...
  • Map image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory by Joshua Stevens, using IMERG data provided courtesy of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Science Team's Precipitation Processing System (PPS). Caption by Pola Lem.
    Heavy rainfall in the southeast of the United States of America Fri Aug 12 2016
    The Integrated Multi-satellite Retrievals for Global Precipitation Measurement (IMERG) of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) gathered data on heavy rainfall in the southeast part of the United-States of America. The downpour affected mostly the north of the Gulf of Mexico with precipitations between 500 and 900 millimeters over the Gulf of Mexico. With precipitations ranging...
  • Copernicus Emergency Management Service (© activation_2016 European Union), [EMSR174] Map Title: Delineation Map.
    Floods in Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Tue Aug 9 2016
    Skopje, the capital city of the Republic of Macedonia, was impacted by heavy rains on the 7th of August which led to floods in various parts of the city especially in the northern suburbs. The COPERNICUS programme of the European Union gathered some information about the floods and provided maps of the flooded area. Around 157 hectares of the city are flooded and the most affected areas are the...
  • Humid Dust Storm over Taklimakan Desert, People’s Republic of China. Sat Aug 6 2016
    On the 1st of August, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Terra satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured some images of large dust storm over the Taklimakan desert. The Chinese authorities as well as many specialists are concerned about the spreading of deserts in northern China. Indeed, “the combined effects of widespread...
  • Image courtesy of NASA by Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response, using VIIRS data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership satellite. Caption by Kathryn Hansen.
    Tropical Storm Earl in Central America Sat Aug 6 2016
    On the 2nd of August 2016 the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) captured an image of tropical storm Earl. This tropical storm in the Caribbean Sea already reached Belize, Central America, with winds up to 128km per hour and heavy rainfall. Most of the country was reported lacking electricity and...
  • Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce.
    Tropical Storm remains active in eastern Pacific Wed Aug 3 2016
    The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) family satellites from the National Weather Service (NWS) of the United-States captured some space-bases images of a tropical storm called Howard operating in the northeast part of the Pacific Ocean.  Appearing on the south-west coast of the United-States, this tropical storm is expected to create a tropical depression in the middle-...
  • Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Commerce
    Typhoon Nida is bringing heavy weather into Hong Kong, PRC Wed Aug 3 2016
    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United-States, a tropical cyclone named Nida reached Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China.  Winds of up to 145km per hours swept some parts of the city according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Many flights were canceled as well as public transportations were stopped due to the meteorological conditions. The storm is...
  • International Charter reaching a new milestone: 500th activation
    Charter reaches new milestone: 500th activation Wed Aug 3 2016
    The International Charter Space and Major Disasters, which was launched in the fall of th year 2000, has been activated on 01 August 2016 for the 500th time to support emergency relief efforts in Bangladesh due to extreme floods.  The request for activation was elevated by ADRC on behaf of SPARRSO of Bangladesh; and the Asian Institute of Technology has been designated as the project manager for...

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