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Cyclone Debbie hits Australia, International charter has been activated

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A powerful cyclone has hit the north-eastern coast of Australia. It made landfall in Queensland on 28 March 2017. With winds up to 263km/h, it was first assessed as a category 4 storm, and then it was downgraded to category 2 when moving inland. On 29 March, the authorities warned that a 1,300 kilometer stretch of the north-eastern coast is at dangerous risk of flooding.
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Charter activated for floods in Australia

Storm in Australia 2015.  Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory

On 26 September 2016 the International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated due to floods in Australia. The request for activation was due to heavy rainfall throughout the month of September causing flash flooding along the Lachlan River in Australia.

The flooding at Forbes is one of the worst over the last twenty years in this area and is expected to worsen over the next week as more rain is forecast.

The activation of the Charter was requested by Geoscience Australia, which has also been nominated as Project Manager. 

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Geoscience Australia to develop a satellite system for bushfire monitoring

Satellite image of blazing bushfires in Victoria, Australia (Source: NASA)

Geoscience Australia is working on a real-time satellite system for bushfire monitoring that would send images to

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IAG launches the Global Risk Map

The Global Risk Map shows information on countries highly exposed to natural hazards

Insurance Australia Group (IAG) launched a new natural disaster management instrument at the Global Insurance Forum in New York, the Global Risk Map. This interactive map shows the social and economic impact of cyclones, floods, earthquakes and related disasters during the past 115 years.

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Agreement between Australia and Europe on Earth Observation research

Great Barrier Reef in Australia seen from space (Image: USGS/ESA)

An agreement has been signed between the Australian CSIRO research institute and the European Space Agency (ESA) which will allow Australia to get access to European satellite data, while ESA would benefit from Australia’s research expertise during joint projects on space technology and applications.

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IGAC: Preparing for the 2015 International Geomatic Week

International Geomatic Week 2015 will particularly focus on "Geospatial information for building peace"

IGAC, the Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Colombia, as part of the celebration of its 80 year anniversary, is presenting the sixth edition of the International Geomatics Week. This time the event will take place between 10 and 14 August of 2015 at the Wyndham Hotel Bogota, Colombia.

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Satellite-based research shows greener Earth despite deforestation

Vegetation in savannas and shrublands helps to offset global deforestation (Image: CT Cooper)

A recent satellite-based study published in Nature Climate Change shows the world is becoming greener despite the high deforestation of some regions.

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Australia: Satellite imagery project to identify and track algae blooms

Satellite-based imagery will detect blue-green algae blooms

A new satellite-based early detection project for blue-green algae identification was initiated in Australia.

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New on the Knowledge Portal: Recommended Practices

Recommended Practices on Flood Mapping.

When using Space technologies for disaster risk management and

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Australia: Government launches National Map for geospatial data

The web application allows users to overlay different geospatial datasets

The federal government of Australia has launched the National Map, an online platform visualizing a number of the data sets released by the government.

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