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International Working Group on Satellite Emergency Mapping (IWG‐SEM)

The International Working Group on Satellite-based Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM) is a voluntary group of organizations involved in satellite-based emergency mapping. It was founded in order to improve cooperation, communication and professional standards among the global network of satellite-based emergency mapping providers. The chairperson of the group is nominated for a term of one year and is responsible for organizing the monthly telecons and bi-annual meetings. The current chair is from Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg Department of Geoinformatics Z_GIS / Spatial Services Ltd.  
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Vital view from space

Screenshot of the video from DW. Tomorrow today section. Courtesy of DW Germany’s Public international broadcaster.

Radar Satellite images offer precise 3D pictures of earth. The Crises Control Team of the German Aerospace Center puts together radar imagery on natural disasters like floods or earthquakes. This information is essential for emergency services to know where people are in danger or where help is required. To watch the complete video click here

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Registration now open: Delta State Workshop

The Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University (CIGIT), the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the Secure World Foundation, GITA, and the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) will host a workshop about application of geographic information systems (GPS) and remote sensing technologies to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

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IWG-SEM spring meeting 2015 (Bonn and web-based)

This is event is available for participation on an ongoing basis
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Participating Organizations: Bonn International Centre for Conversion (BICC), DigitalGlobe (DG), DG/Tomnod (via webconference), DIFD (via webconference) (UK), DLR (Germany), EC‐GROW Copernicus, EC‐JRC (via webconference), Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT/OSM), ImageCat, ITHACA (Italy), NDRCC (China), Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) (US), University of Bonn, UNOOSA/ UN-SPIDER, USGS (via webconference) (US)

 

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28/05/2015 to 29/05/2015

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Wed, 20/05/2015

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UN Campus Bonn

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Data application of the month: Emergency Response

When a disaster occurs, situational awareness is imperative in decision making for response and emergency support. Information is needed on the scale of damage in an area and the location of the affected population, along with logistical information such as the location of hospitals, undamaged roads and bridges and communication infrastructure.

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Turkey: Two thirds live in areas with earthquake risk

Three active fault zones run through Turkey making it very prone to earthquakes

According to the Turkish Prime Ministry's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), 50 million people in Turkey live in areas with earthquake risks. That is, two thirds of the country's population.

Of these 50 million people, 33 million live in regions with high earthquake risk; roughly 23 million people live in areas with a low earthquake risk. The assessment also revealed that 10 million buildings are situated in these high risk areas.

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Fri, 20/02/2015 - 14:12

Nepal: International Charter activated for landslides

SERVIR capturing flooding and landslides in India and Nepal on 26 June 2013

On 5 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated at the request of Asia Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) on behalf of UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). The reason of the activation is a landslide in the Sindhupalchowk District of Nepal which occurred on 2 August due to heavy rains.

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Siberia: Recovery of flood-hit areas has begun

Russian Ministry started recovery in flood-hit areas in Siberia

After four days of extreme rainfall in southern Siberia, the state of emergency has been declared on May 30th in the mountainous Republic of Altai, immediately followed by a large scale recovery operation including the deployment fire and rescue groups, medics and specialists and humanitarian supplies delivery schemes.

UN-SPIDER’s Regional Support Office in Russia, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) announced on 3 June that this “large-scale rescue operation” is currently underway and that reconstruction works have already started in the flood-hit areas.

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Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service

The Ghana National Fire and Rescue Service (GNFRS) is an agency under the Ghanaian Ministry of the Interior, constituting Ghana's nationwide fire service. It was established as the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS) by the GNFS Act of 1997 (Act 537) with a broad objective of prevention and management of undesired fires and other related matters.

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The Philippines: Government to complete flood hazard mapping in 2016

satellite image of floods in the Philippines

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines wants to finish up the mapping process of all flood prone zones in the country by 2016.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo reported that the department’s Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation Project is going well and 18 major river basins have been mapped already. The project aims to produce high-resolution 3D maps of flood prone areas with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

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