The UN-SPIDER programme aims at providing universal access to all countries and all relevant international and regional organizations to all types of space-based information and services relevant to disaster risk management and emergency response to support the full disaster management cycle. In the framework of this mandate, UN-SPIDER also supports and conducts research projects that look at specific elements of the use of space-based information for risk and disaster management.

The RIVAF project: Understanding Poverty Assessment through Disaster Impacts

The UNOOSA RIVAF project "Understanding Poverty Assessment through Disaster Impacts" has the objective of pointing out the recent Global Economic Crisis (GEC) effects on relationships between livelihood, poverty, and to natural disasters. It furthermore aims at understanding how natural disaster impacts are potential indicators of GEC impacts on the poor and vulnerable. The Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF) is part of the Global Pulse Initiative, which was launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in 2009. Under the umbrella of RIVAF, a series of studies and research projects were undertaken by different UN agencies, looking at how the Global Economic Crisis has affected a variety of different sectors across the globe.

The Value of Geo-Information for Disaster and Risk Management (VALID)

The aim of this project is to produce a publication to give evidence of the economic, humanitarian and organizational benefits which can be realized by applying geoinformation to disaster management, based on analyses of representative cases, and on an expert stakeholder assessment. It continues the efforts of the 2009 publication "Geoinformation for Disaster and Risk Management – Examples and Best Practices" that was jointly produced by the Joint Board of Geospatial Information Societies (JBGIS) and UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER. The second publication would further help to raise awareness in the political and programmatic environment and to set priorities in research and development.


I have been deeply involved with disaster telemedicine, situational awareness, assessment data gathering and other critical satellite-based communications endeavors in international disaster for 16 years, taking me to over 30 countries and providing similar consulting services to government and NGOs (please see bio at: ).  I am willing and interested in sharing a rather significant level of boots-on-the-ground knowledge and experience as well as collaborating with others to bring these life-saving and suffering-reducing capabilities to more locations. Please contact me if interested.


For the greater good,


Randy Roberson


Randy Roberson

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