UN-SPIDER Updates September 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the September 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

In September, our UN-SPIDER Beijing office conducted its annual United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction and marked the office's tenth anniversary. For the occasion, we released an anniversary publication that highlights the work of the office over the past ten years. The publication is available online.

Last month, we also published two new step-by-step procedures for downloading, processing and mapping space-based information. These Recommended Practices explain how to use digital elevation data for storm surge coastal flood monitoring, and how to detect mudslides and associated floods using Sentinel-1 data.

A list of all our Recommended Practices is available here.

We would like to make use of this occasion to remind you that self-funded applicants can apply until 18 October to participate in our UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships”. The event will take place 6-8 November 2019. The deadline to apply for those seeking funding has elapsed on 30 August.

Below the updates, you'll also find an events calendar with upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the community.

Enjoy the read!

UN-SPIDER at a glance

News from our Regional Support Offices

News from the community

  • 24/09/2019

    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… Read more

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  • 23/09/2019

    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… Read more

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Title Organized by City Country Date
8th IFIP WG5.15 Conference on Information Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction

International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)

Tokyo Japan 12/04/2023 to 12/06/2023
3rd International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development 2023

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Bangkok Thailand 12/07/2023 to 12/08/2023
61st session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Vienna Austria 01/29/2024 to 02/09/2024
UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference on Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management - "Early Warnings for All"

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)

Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surface (ZFL), University of Bonn 

Bonn Germany 03/12/2024 to 03/14/2024
63rd session of the Legal Subcommittee (LSC) of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Vienna Austria 04/15/2024 to 04/26/2024
UN/Costa Rica/PSIPW Sixth conference on the use of space technology for water management

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Government of Costa Rica

Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW)

San José Costa Rica 05/07/2024 to 05/10/2024
67th Session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS)

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Vienna Austria 06/19/2024 to 06/28/2024