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  • UN Campus, Bonn. Image: UNFCCC.
    UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference - Information for participants Wed Oct 30 2019
    Presentations Wedneday, 6 November 2019 Thursday, 7 November 2019 Friday, 8 November 2019 Photos Practical Information for Participants (PDF) Image: DLR (CC-BY 3.0) Wednesday, 6 November 2019 08:30 – 09:00(AAH entrance area) Registration 09:00 – 09:30 AAHLower-level Conference Room   Opening and Welcome Remarks Welcome RemarksReinhard Limbach, City of Bonn Welcome RemarksJuan Carlos...
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    Study report outlines next generation of data-based disaster management Sun Oct 20 2019
    The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) Working Group on Data and the International Science Council’s Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) have released a report on the next generation of disaster management systems. As disasters and the number affected by them increase due to climate change, disaster management needs to evolve as well. “Next Generation Disaster Data...
  • Preliminary flood map created by UN-SPIDER using Sentinel-1 radar imagery.
    UN-SPIDER supports response to floods in Far North of Cameroon Sat Oct 19 2019
    The 2019 rainy season in the Far North region of Cameroon has caused the Logone river to overflow and flood the Zina (Logone-et-Chari department), Maga and Kai-Kai districts (Mayo Dany) in the country's Far North region. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that at least 60 out of 110 villages in the Zina district - 19,359 people - are affected, while 15...
  • Rice paddies in Rwanda. Image: A'Melody Lee / World Bank.
    GEM Africa Risk Model provides insights to seismic hazard across the continent Mon Oct 14 2019
    Release earlier this year at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction 2019, the Africa Earthquake Model paints a complete picture of earthquake risk to the continent in terms of damage to buildings and direct human and economic losses. The model lays out the African portion of the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation global maps released in December 2018.  The model is a comprehensive...
  • Open Building Dataset over Musoma, Tanzania. Image: Bing Maps.
    AI-assisted building dataset created for Uganda and Tanzania Wed Oct 2 2019
    On 19 September, Bing announced that the United Republic of Tanzania and Uganda are the first African countries to have an open buildings dataset. As a result of a joint venture between Bing Maps, Microsoft Philanthropies and Humanitarian OpenStreetMaps (HOTOSM), 18 million building footprints have been established, of which 7 million in Uganda and 11 million in the United Republic of Tanzania....
  • Flood inundation map developed using Sentinel-1 satellite data, as part of the rapid mapping response under the SERVIR-HKH Initiative at ICIMOD. Map: Kabir Uddin/ICIMOD.
    ICIMOD maps floods during South Asian monsoon Wed Sep 25 2019
    In July 2019, Bangladesh, India and Nepal experienced floods and landslides during the South Asian monsoon season. On the night of the 17 July, the Jamuna river in Bangladesh broke through the embankment, inundating over 40 villages and displacing more than 200,000 people. Experts of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office,...
  • Les Cayes, southern Haiti, 5 October 2016 after Hurricane Matthew has struck the area. Image: Jethro J. Sérémé / American Red Cross / IFRC.
    IFRC says humanitarian need could double without urgent action on climate change Tue Sep 24 2019
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - the world's largest humanitarian organization - released a report estimating the growth of humanitarian need if current human activities continue. Published this month, "The Cost of Doing Nothing" paints a bleak picture of global need for humanitarian assistance doubling to 200 million. The price tag, the report...
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    New ESA satellite uses AI to make data delivery more efficient Mon Sep 23 2019
    The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the launch of a new satellite that will use artificial intelligence to filter images unsuitable for future use. The Phi Satellite (ɸ-Sat-1), presented at the ESA Phi-week from 9 to 12 September, will make data delivery more efficient by not sending back to Earth acquisitions with high cloud cover. Currently, the process of filtering images for cloud...
  • Participants at the UN-SPIDER Beijing conference.
    UN-SPIDER Beijing conference explores role of space technologies in disaster risk reduction strategies, marks ten-year anniversary Fri Sep 13 2019
    The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 recognizes the importance of a multi-hazard approach to disaster risk reduction and makes explicit reference to promoting real-time access to reliable data making use of space and in situ information under Priority for Action 1, “Understanding disaster risk”. Such access is key to developing an understanding of disaster risk in all its...
  • Participant during the training.
    UN-SPIDER co-organizes International Charter training in Beijing Thu Sep 12 2019
    On 10 September 2019, 60 participants of the ninth annual UN-SPIDER Beijing conference and officials from Chinese government organizations attended the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” project manager training. The training was co-organized by the UN-SPIDER Beijing office and the National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) and hosted at the facilities of NDRCC in Beijing...
  • International training at the Regional Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP) based at Beihang University, Beijing.
    Beijing international training programme focuses on use of space-based technologies for disaster risk assessments Thu Sep 12 2019
    In the run up to this year's UN-SPIDER Beijing conference on 11 and 12 September, 30 participants from around Asia attended the international training programme on space-based technologies for disaster risk assessment from 5 to 9 September, which was hosted at the Regional Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (RCSSTEAP) based at Beihang University, Beijing. The...
  • UN-SPIDER mission team at the Ethiopian Space Science and Technology Institute (ESSTI).
    UN-SPIDER strengthens use of space data for drought early warning in Ethiopia Wed Aug 28 2019
    Timely and reliable information about precipitation, soil moisture and vegetation health provide essential insights for early detection of drought. Space-based information, which helps monitor these parameters, is a central data source for effective drought early warning systems. Upon the request of the Government of Ethiopia, UN-SPIDER is carrying out a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Addis...
  • Cover of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019.
    Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019 highlights role of big data in meeting new climate reality Mon Aug 26 2019
    A new report warns that the Asia-Pacific region is not sufficiently prepared for a new climate reality marked by an intensification and changing geography of disaster risks that are becoming harder to predict. The “Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2019”, a biennial publication by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), finds that slow-onset disasters –...
  • Dengue fever forecasting system makes use of Earth observation data Tue Aug 20 2019
    Dengue fever is a viral infection transmitted by mosquitoes. “Today the disease is endemic in 141 countries, affecting 390 million people and with a global annual cost estimated at almost US$9 billion. Since 2000, there has been an increase of over 100% in the number of cases of dengue fever in Vietnam, and there is currently no system for forecasting future dengue outbreaks.” according to a...
  • A photo of Mt. Etna erupting on 30 October 2002, taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Image: NASA Earth Observatory/Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory at Johnson Space Center.
    German research team uses satellites and AI technology to monitor volcanoes Tue Aug 6 2019
    “More than half of the world’s active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally,” according to GFZ Helmholtz Centre Potsdam. Yet eruptions occur quite frequently, with up to 85 of the 1500 active volcanoes erupting each year, and can cause significant damage. For example, the 2018 volcanic eruptions at Fuego (Guatemala) and Anak Krakatau (Indonesia) resulted in 430 dead and missing persons. This...
  • This map shows the ground motion during the six months following the earthquake that struck the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi on 28 September 2018, and was obtained by processing Copernicus Sentinel-1 images acquired between October 2018 and April 2019. Image: ESA/contains Copernicus Sentinel data (2018–19), processed by Planetek Rheticus Service.
    European Space Agency and Asian Development Bank help Indonesia with rebuilding efforts after 2018 earthquake Tue Aug 6 2019
    In September 2018, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was hit by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake. The impact, combined with the tsunami, landslides, and soil liquefaction that followed, “... claimed well over 2000 lives, destroyed homes, buildings, infrastructure and farmland in several districts,” according to the European Space Agency (ESA).  Ten months later, response efforts are now moving into the...
  • A Sentinel-2 false colour image showing active fires in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Image: DLR/ZKI.
    DLR supports efforts to fight forest fires in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Thu Jul 25 2019
    Satellite technology became an integral part of efforts to detect and contain forest fires in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Germany at the end of June and early July. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) used satellite information, along with images captured by the Modular Aerial Camera System (MACS), to create maps, which provided emergency services with up-to-date information about areas affected...
  • Mission team with the director and staff of the Department of Civil Protection and other organizations. Image: DPC.
    Space-based data in emergency response at centre of UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission to Cameroon Tue Jul 23 2019
    Upon the request of the Ministry of Territorial Administration (MINAT), Government of Cameroon, UN-SPIDER carried out a week-long Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Yaoundé from 15 to 19 July. The mission aimed to strengthen the capacities of the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) of Cameroon in using space-based information in all phases of the disaster management cycle. It was the...
  • The above map shows the distribution of women of reproductive age (ages 18-49) spread across Tanzania, drawn from a combination of census data and satellite imagery. Image: Facebook.
    Facebook expands its population density maps to the Asia-Pacific region Tue Jul 16 2019
    Facebook has published new population density maps covering most of the African continent and countries of the Asia-Pacific region in June 2019. Using artificial intelligence (AI), these maps help organizations to respond to natural disasters, and scientists to assess the impact of climate change and urbanization on people’s lives. As soon as almost the entire world population is covered by the...
  • Damage from Hurricane Maria, which struck the island country of Dominica in 2017. Image: Tanya Holden/UK Department for International Development (DFID).
    IMF releases report on building disaster resilience in small and low-income countries Fri Jul 12 2019
    Small and low-income countries can be disproportionately affected by natural disasters. For example, the top ten natural disasters between 1980 and 2017, in terms of greatest damage as a percentage of GDP, occurred in small and low-income countries, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its June 2019 policy paper, “Building Resilience in Developing Countries Vulnerable to Large...
  • A satellite view of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy prior to its collapse in August 2018. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Google.
    Study discusses use of space technology for detecting infrastructure instability Mon Jul 8 2019
    Evaluating the safety and integrity of infrastructure such as bridges, which is often done through hands-on inspections, may soon be possible with the help of information captured several kilometers above the Earth’s surface. According to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) news article, scientists from NASA, the University of Bath, and the Italian Space Agency used historical...

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