Official launch of AfriGEOSS at AfricaGIS2013/GSDI14

During the AfricaGIS2013/GSDI14, held this week in Addis Abeba, AfriGEOSS was launched on 5 November 2013. AfriGEOSS is an initiative by the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) aimed at building infrastructural capacities in Africa to benefit from geospatial data for sustainable development.

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Wed, 06/11/2013 - 09:59

USA: New strategy for civil earth observation

Nighttime photograph of the eastern coast of the United States seen from ISS.

On 19 April 2013, the US government's National Science and Technology Council released a National Strategy for Civil Earth Observations—a framework for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of using earth observation data for civil use.

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Mon, 22/04/2013 - 09:31

Canadian Space Agency supports Caribbean Satellite Disaster Pilot

The Canadian Space Agency, in close cooperation with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), continues to be a major contributor to the Caribbean Satellite Disaster Pilot (CSDP), which is GEO (Group on Earth Observations) project (GEO task DI-01-C5_1). During the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season RADARSAT-2 has captured some 70 high-resolution images to-date for rapid damage assessments over areas affected by hurricanes and severe tropical storms.


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Wed, 17/10/2012 - 08:37

Mapping Data for European Disaster and Crisis Response

Emergency services working in the immediate aftermath of disasters will benefit from fast access to pan-European mapping created from interoperable, geospatial data thanks to an agreement between EuroGeographics and the European Environment Agency (EEA).


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Thu, 17/11/2011 - 14:20

January 2011

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Mon, 07/02/2011


  • Version 1.0 of the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal released
  • Meeting at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN in Vienna: Enhancing global cooperation in satellite-based emergency mapping
  • UN-SPIDER at ENHANS International Workshop “Extreme Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk in Africa”
  • 3D-UDOP Geo-viewer to enhance situational awareness concerning seismic risk in Guatemala
  • UN-SPIDER contributes to the 17th GEO UIC Meeting

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From Preparation to Response: Coastal Decision Support during the Caribbean Hurricane Season 2010 with RADARSAT-2

By Aube et al., posted on December 28th, 2010 in earthzine, Disasters, Earth Observation, Featured Article

Guy Aubé, Dirk Werle, Stu Frye, Nicole Alleyne, J-F Saulnier, Guy Séguin, Mathieu Benoît, Claire Gosselin and Andy Welch

Developing Disaster Management Capacity with Earth Observation

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Tue, 25/01/2011 - 12:52

Referenced UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office: 

17th GEO User Interface Committee meeting, Vienna, 25-27 January 2011


17th GEO User Interface Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria.

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25/01/2011 to 27/01/2011

GEO Ministerial Summit and GEO VII Plenary, Beijing, 3-5 November 2010


Based on The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) 17th Executive Committee and the 6th Plenary Session were held from November 16 to 18 in Washington, America, China officially declared to undertake the 2010 GEO Ministerial Summit and the 7th Session of GEO. In the future, China will take part in the global observation activities more actively, use the global various observation methods and earth observation data to provide the services of disaster reduction and tackling climate change.





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