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Bhutan - Institutional Strengthening Mission

From 17 to 21 August, 2015 UN-SPIDER, UNDP and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) (Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs) conducted follow-up activities and a training workshop after the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan, offered in June 2014. The workshop was on the role of space based information in landslide hazard mapping and risk and assessment.

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Mon, 17/08/2015 to Fri, 21/08/2015

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Bhutan Department of Disaster Management (DDM)

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The UN-SPIDER, the UNDP and the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) (Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs) conducted follow up activities and training workshop as a next step after the UN-SPIDER Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) to Bhutan, offered in June 2014. The activities were executed from 17 to 21 August, 2015.

Soon after the TAM was conducted, the UN Resident Coordinator secured funding to implement the recommendations of the TAM through the UN joint project titled “Recovery Preparedness and Resilience-building in Bhutan”. Through this funding, 19 officials from Bhutan visited the UN Affiliated Centre for Space Science Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific in India to attend one week training programme titled “Response and recovery preparedness” in April 2015. This training provided general understanding on the role of space based information in managing various hazards in Bhutan.

With joint funding from UN-SPIDER and UNDP, the second follow up activity was organized from 17-20 August 2015 with specific focus on landslide, which is one of the most prominent hazards in Bhutan. This follow up activity helped to strengthen DDM mandate on coordinating hazard mapping in Bhutan. As per Disaster Management Act 2013, the DDM, as a secretariat to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), should facilitate approval of NDMA to all hazard and maps to be used in DRR planning. This follow up visit included two important activities:

·         Establishment of Technical Working Group (TWG) on Landslide

·         Training workshop on landslide hazard mapping, risk and assessment

The TWG on landslide was proposed during the coordination meetings with all the stakeholder agencies. It focuses on plans and programmes of all agencies related to landslide mitigation and offer a platform to discuss issues such as availability of landslide hazards map, mapping needs, procedures, methodology, sharing of landslide hazard/risk/vulnerability maps, coordination for avoiding duplication, among others. The detailed terms of references of the TWG were formulated through the series of coordination meetings. The TWG will work as one of the Working Groups under the inter-ministerial task force formed as per the Disaster Management Act 2013.

The training workshop on landslide hazard mapping, risk and vulnerability assessment conducted with hands-on sessions. One of the topics covered by the experts during the training was: “Understanding landslides, its causes and principles mitigation”. Pierre Pluto, UNDP consultant, analyzed the Phuentsholing landslides in Bhutan, as a concrete example. A hands-on session and discussions on landslide hazard mapping were conducted by Deo Raj from ICIMOD, in Nepal. Finally, another practical session and discussions on landslide risk and vulnerability analysis were led by Stefan Kienberger from the Salzburg University, in Austria.

13 participants from important stakeholder organisations attended the training and the discussions on formulating the TWG on landslide. The programme was led by Shirish Ravan, Head of UN-SPIDER Beijing Office.

5th World Landslide Forum

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WLF logo. Image: WFL
The International Consortium on Landslides and the Global Promotion Committee of International Programme on Landslides will organize the Fifth World Landslide Forum (WLF5) on 2-6 November 2021 in Kyoto, Japan. The aim of this Forum is to promote and share knowledge and best practices about landslide risk mitigation, monitoring and early warning.
 
The forum will discuss the following topics:
  • Sendai Landslide Partnerships and Kyoto Landslide Commitment
  • Hazard and vulnerability mapping and zonation

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02/11/2021 to 06/11/2021

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Sat, 31/07/2021

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Kyoto

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  • Japan

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International Consortium on Landslides, Global Promotion Committee of International Programme on Landslides (IPL-GPC)

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Rapid Landslide Detection with Sentinel-1

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RUS Webinar – Rapid Landslide Detection with Sentinel-1. Image: RUS

During this webinar, participants will employ RUS to learn how to detect rapid landslides, by analysing the Fagraskógarfjall landslide that occurred in western Iceland in July 2018. 

Participants will use Sentinel-1 products to detect and map the extent of the landslide. They will be shown how to access the RUS Service and how to download, process, analyse and visualize the free data acquired by the Copernicus satellites.

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31/03/2020

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Tue, 31/03/2020

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RUS

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Advanced Webinar: SAR for Disasters and Hydrological Applications

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03/12/2019 to 05/12/2019

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Thu, 05/12/2019

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NASA ARSET

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Satellite and airborne InSAR data to investigate landslides transition from stable to unstable motion

Air photo of the Mud Creek landslide, taken on May 27, 2017.

While several studies have already highlighted how global warming and its consequences are predicted to increase the frequency and magnitude of geohazards such as landslides, the relation between ongoing climate shifts and landslide behaviour is still difficult to assess, especially due to uncertainties in both models. In a new research paper, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and collaborating institutions have now documented the transition of a stable, slow-moving landslide into catastrophic collapse for the first time.

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Wed, 20/02/2019 - 09:40

UN-SPIDER Updates June 2018

NASA Earth Science Disasters Program

The NASA Disasters Program promotes the use of Earth observations to improve the prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters. By sponsoring application science, the Program advances the readiness of results to enable disaster management practices, advance damage reduction, and build resilience. The Program targets a spectrum of disasters, including floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides as well as combined hazards and cascading impacts.

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Integrated Land and Water Information System (ILWIS)

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The Integrated Land and Water Information System (ILWIS) is an open-source Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing software that was developed by the Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC). ILWIS was originally designed in 1985 for land use zoning and watershed management, primarily focusing on developing countries. The software was then released in late 1988 but only became free and open-source in 2007.

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Benefits of Satellite Information to Forecast Landslides

Geohazard TEP video screenshot. Courtesy of ESA

Satellite archives information combined with a new cloud computing platform offer early warning of landslides. An example of this is Carmenes del Mar resort, in the south coast of Spain, that suffered from landslides leaving homes destructed. Combining radar images from various satellites, a team of Spanish researches from the group Analisis del Relieve y Procesos Activos (ARPA) could detect motion of less than a centimeter per year.

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Tue, 29/11/2016 - 07:20

Benefits of Space Early Warning to Forecast Landslides

Landslide affected area in Spain. Image: ESA

Satellite archives combined with new cloud computing platform offer early warning of landslides. An example of this is Carmenes del Mar resort, in the south coast of Spain. Combining radar images from various satellites, a team of Spanish researches from the group Analisis del Relieve y Procesos Activos (ARPA) could detect motion of less than a centimeter per year.

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Tue, 29/11/2016 - 07:15

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