United Nations for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China
The UN-SPIDER Beijing Office is pleased to announce the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - "Disaster risk identification and response" from 23-25 October 2013. The International Training Programme “Flood Risk Mapping, Modelling and Assessment using Space technology” will be organised for 25 participants of the conference.
The UN-SPIDER Beijing Office has organised two successful conferences since 2011. Previous conferences covered the themes of “Best Practices for Risk Reduction and Rapid Response mapping” in 2011 and “Risk Assessment in the context of global climate change” in 2012. These conferences offered a forum for disaster management communities and experts to strengthen their capabilities in using space based information to identify, assess, monitor and respond to disaster risks and integrate space technology into long-term disaster risk management efforts.
Despite technological advances in the earth observation and the existance of ground-based systems for disaster prediction and monitoring, several countries face challenges to assess and reduce disaster risks. These challenges can be addressed by setting up a mechanism for identifying, assessing, monitoring and responding to disaster risks. With advances in the earth observation technology and increasing access to the space based information, several opportunities are available for disaster managers to use space technology effectively for disaster management. The conference is an opportunity to share information on latest methods, approaches and models used for identifying, assessing and reducing disaster risks. The conference will also focus on how to operationalize technological developments to address challenges at the national level by the national disaster management authorities. The sole purpose of this conference is to bring together the technologists and end users on a single platform to ensure that space-based information is effectively employed in decision making that saves life and prevents economic losses.
The United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2011 (GAR 2011) confirms the countries with weak governance are likely to find it difficult to address the underlying risk drivers. The effects of climate extremes and variations pose additional challenge making these countries more susceptible to greater potential losses. Although several countries are able to use space technology to monitor and respond to floods and droughts, recent examples of floods in Pakistan (2010 and 2011), floods in Thailand (2011) and drought in Horn of Africa (2011) have proven the need of thinking beyond response efforts. The victims and economic losses from these disasters are enormous. The main opportunity for governments to control these potential losses lies in reducing vulnerability. Precise mapping of hazards combined with vulnerability provides correct understanding of disaster risk.
The earth observation technology is advancing in terms of offering satellite images of varying resolution that provides local to global coverage. As scientific organisations are making these products available on web portals, access to these value added products is improving constantly. These changing dynamics offer opportunities to strengthen disaster risk management (DRM) by making effective use of space based information, especially to understand underlying risks. The challenge is to transfer approaches, models and methodologies used in developing these products to the end users and operationalize the research outcomes to contribute in decision making.
In this context, the conference will cover the following topics:
- Operational initiatives/programmes/projects on disaster risk identification, assessment and monitoring
This session will discuss proven and operational work from various countries in disaster risk identification and prevention using space-based information. The disaster managers and experts from member countries will be invited to share practical work carried out at the national and regional level focusing on the mechanisms, methods and national programmes of disaster identification and prevention with focus on space-based information.
- Advanced research and development in use of space based information in Disaster risk assessment
This session will focus on latest research and development to improve on-going disaster risk identification and assessment practices. The experts from centres of excellence will be invited to share research outcomes and advanced knowledge to benefit the national disaster management programmes. The focus will be on new models, methods, approaches and data integration from multiple sources (including space based information) for disaster risk identification and assessment.
- Preparing for effective disaster response and rapid mapping by knowing risks
This session will provide insight into latest practices and opportunities to monitor risks and prepare for effective disaster response. Several new tools and technologies related to gathering disaster risk and response related information will be discussed, such as crowd sourcing, space information based products with open access and integration of such information ensure public safety from potential risks.
- Cooperation mechanism for improving disaster risk management
This session will discuss existing opportunities, mechanisms and provide elements to plan cooperation programmes to improve disaster risk management at national and regional level. The session will also offer opportunities to discuss programmes to be planned jointly with the UN-SPIDER and partner organisations in 2014, such as technical advisory missions, capacity building programmes and outreach events.
- Special session on Drought Risk Assessment
In collaboration with the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organisation (APSCO), a special session “Drought Risk Assessment using Space Technology” will be organised for the benefit of APSCO member countries.
The conference will organise side meetings to discuss the cooperation related to rapid response mapping, information sharing and cooperation project on drought assessment for Africa.
International training programme
The training programme "Capacity Building Programme on Space technology for Flood & Drought Risk Mapping & Assessment" is organised back to back with the “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management - Disaster Risk Identification, Assessment and Monitoring” from 27 to 31 October 2013. 25 selected participants of the conference will continue to attend the training programme organised jointly by the APSCO, NDRCC and UN-SPIDER.
The objective of the training is to strengthen the capacity of the national agencies to use geospatial technologies for flood and drought management. It will provide an insight on the use of satellite images and spatial information in flood & drought risk management by providing hands-on training on using spatial data for risk mapping, flood modelling and rapid mapping (damage assessment). Thus, the training will demonstrate use of space based information in entire cycle of flood management. The participants will benefit from the experience sharing by experts from the centres of excellence, demonstration of the best practices in various countries and practical sessions on the software tools.
The complete concept note for the training programme is available for download here. (148 KB)
Target audience for the conference
Disaster managers, policy makers, providers of space technology solutions/tools/applications from Government, academia, researchers, NGO and corporate sector.
Number of expected participants: 120
Zhongmin Plaza, 7, Baiguang Road, Xicheng District, Beijing 100053, China
Financial Support to the participants
Due to funding constraints, the organisers will be able to offer support to limited number of participants countries engaged in developing long-term partnership with the UN-SPIDER. The support will defray the cost of travel (round-trip ticket – most economic fare – between the airport of international departure in their country of residence and Beijing) and/or room and board expenses during the duration of the event.
Point of Contact
Technical matters / Registration: Mr. Shirish Ravan Email: shirish [dot] ravanunoosa [dot] org Telephone: (+86) (10) 6353 3527
|Final conference report (A/AC.105/1061)||Download|
|Key note presentation|
|Shirish Ravan, UN-SPIDER: Role of Space-based Information in light of the post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction||Download|
|Day 1 - Plenary Session 1|
|Siquan Yang, NDRCC: Operational System for DR in NDRCC||Download|
|Godstime James, NSDA: An evaluation of the success of the UN-SPIDER TAMs||Download|
|Denis Macharia, RCMRD: RCMRD Role in Disaster Risk Reduction in Member States||Download|
|Maqbool Ahmad, APSCO: APSCO activities||Download|
|Gaston Moonen, INTOSAI: Geospatial information for auditing disaster management||Download|
|Day 1 - Plenary Session 2|
|Jianping Yan, UNDP: Integrating Disaster Information: Key Issues and Possible Solutions||Download|
|Giriraj Amarnath, IWMI: IMWI's Flood Risk Assessment and Modeling Research in Asia and Africa||Download|
|Derren Yong, Digital Globe: The Value of DigitalGlobe High Resolution Imagery in Disaster Risk Management||Download|
|Aing-yan Meng, CNSA: Cloud Service RS Application System for Disaster Emergency Based on High Resolution Project||Download|
|James Durana, RapidEye: Earth Observation Satellite (EOS) Data for Disaster Risk Identification and Assessment||Download|
|Haigang Sui, Wuham University: Remote sensing image real-time processing for rapid disaster emergency response||Download|
|Kayode Adepoju, ARCSSTE-E: Modelling Flood Regulation as an Ecosystem Service using Artificial Intelligence||Download|
|Esteban Pacha, IMSO: Satellite technology to prevent and respond in cases of maritime accidents||Download|
|Day 2 - Plenary Session 3|
|Suju Li, NDRCC: Synergy Using the Space Collaborative Initiatives for Better Disaster Emergency Support||Download|
|Fang Chen, RADI: CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Management||Download|
|Baoming Li, Space Star Technology: BeiDou/GNSS Disaster Risk Reduction||Download|
|Mahamadou Keita, RECTAS: Application of Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management in West Africa||Download|
|Manuela Muianga, UNDP: Investment in Disaster Risk Reduction, The Case of Mozambique||Download|
|Day 2 - Plenary Session 4|
|Nana Yan, RADI: Agricultural Drought Monitoring from Global to Field||Download|
|Yongpin Zhao, UNAMID: The Application of 3D GIS Models in Support of UNAMID Mission’s Camp Risks Analysis and Management||Download|
|Suwarsono, LAPAN: Space-based Activities for Disaster Emergency Response in Indonesa||Download|
|Jiahong Wen, Shanghai Normal University: National Disaster Observatory||Download|
|Deo Raj Gurung, ICIMOD: ICIMOD activities in Disaster Risk Reduction||Download|
|Day 2 - Working Group 1|
|Jianjun Wu, Beijing Normal University: The Integrated Surface Drought Index (ISDI)||Download|
|Valerian Micheni, NDMA: Community and Technology inter-linkages for Drought Risk Assessment and Monitoring in Kenya||Download|
|Filippo Pongelli, WFP: Remote Sensing and GIS Integration HOA Case Study||Download|
|Day 3 - Plenary Session 5|
|Jing Li, Beijing Normal University: Space-based information service for flood mapping, Case study of Malaysia||Download|
|Edoh Yao Kiatchey, NADMO: Emergeny Responses, Ghana's Perspective||Download|
|Amna A. Hamid, NCR: Sudan 2013 floods, From satellite images perspective, Case study: Eastern Nile Locality, Khartoum State||Download|
|Benjamin Kofi Nyarko, GODT: Operationalizing Disaster Management Training Programmes in Developing Countries Universities||Download|
|Muhammad Naseem Baig, NUST: NUST’s Role in Building Nation’s Resilience against Disasters||Download|
|Zafar Iqbal, SUPARCO: Utilization of Space-based Information for Disaster Monitoring in Pakistan||Download|
|Netai Chandra Dey Sarker, DDM: Disaster Management in Bangladesh and Follow-up of UN-SPIDER TAM||Download|
|Xuhui Shen, NEI: Ten-years progress and development in seismic remote sensing monitoring technology||Download|
|Shifeng Huang, CIWRGR: Application of Remote Sensing and GIS on Flood Monitoring and Assessment in China||Download|
|UN-SPIDER International Conference in Beijing - Agenda (161.06 KB)||161.06 KB|
|UN-SPIDER International Conference in Beijing - Information for Participants (666.54 KB)||666.54 KB|
|UN-SPIDER International Conference in Beijing - Concept Note (555.6 KB)||555.6 KB|
|Capacity Building Programme Beijing (148.82 KB)||148.82 KB|