Global Partnership on Space Technology Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP STAR) is a global partnership that was launched at the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in 2015. It is committed to fostering better and more integrated use of space-based technologies in disaster risk reduction efforts around the world. The partnership conducted its first meeting in Bonn, Germany from 25 to 28 May 2015.

The International Expert Meeting in December 2016 built upon the efforts carried out to contribute to the implementation of the Sendai framework. It provided decision-makers from... read more

Note: The call for Submissions will close on 21th of March! You can submit a presentation, a scientific paper, a poster, a map or a workshop (see below and  conference website).

FOSS4G represents the global gathering of the Open Source Geospatial community with a deep focus on free and open source geospatial solutions under the auspices of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation - OSGeo. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, policy- and decision-makers, business representatives from a broad... read more

Note: Deadline for abstract submission has been extended. New deadline is 15th February 2016.

You can submit your abstract here: If ou would like to be considered for the session organized by UN-SPIDER, make sure to check "Disaster management" as the applicaion field in your submission. The session will focus on... read more

Over 80% of economic disaster losses are attributed to weather-related events. Given that... read more

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)


Meeting Summary

The 2015 spring meeting was the... read more


2015 will be a decisive year for the international community paving the way for sustainable development worldwide. Three important processes led by the United Nations are underway leading to three agreements expected for 2015: the Post 2015 Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction (March 2015), the Sustainable Development Goals (September 2015), and the new... read more

The 36th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE), will take place on May 11-15, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. This 36th Symposium will represent a major event in the long series of internationally recognised ISRSE meetings.

The overall theme of the symposium is the use of Earth observation systems and related remote sensing techniques for understanding and managing the Earth environment and resources.

ISRSE-36 takes place at a significant moment: The process to define the UN global development agenda post 2015 with its Sustainability Development Goals will be finalised in 2015.... read more

Joint workshop of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the UNFCCC Secretariat, on 'Enhancing Observations to Support... read more

This international interdisciplinary CODATA workshop on Risk Information Management, Risk Models, and Applications will enable sharing of best practices as well as giving space for discussing methodological problems in risk modeling from the information systems point of view for all phases of the disaster cycle.

The following areas will be of central interest for the workshop:

risk information management, risk information models; risk databases, risk information interoperability,standards development; risk information processes modelling and applications, services and service composition; natural,technical, chemical risks from local to international level; risk information system structure, components; risk-related databases; risk and multi-risk cartographic... read more

Satellite observations are a key element in an integrated and sustained climate observing system and have been critically important for monitoring and understanding the Earth’s climate system during the past several decades. The expected completion of the IPCC Fifth Assessment (AR5) in 2013-2014 makes it timely to discuss these achievements, to assess future opportunities and challenges with satellite derived climate information, and to provide guidance on future priorities.

The symposium will be an important step towards defining requirements, and the further development of an efficient and sustained international space-based . This symposium is intended to bring together the international experts in climate observations, research, analysis and modelling to present and discuss results from... read more

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2015 will be held in the famous “Residenz München”, Germany March 24 - 26, 2015. It has been established as the European and International conference with global impact featuring invited high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments dealing with the directions of satellite navigation now and in the future.

The Summit starts on March 24, 2015 with the Exhibition Opening and Champagne Reception at 16.30 hrs. The technical programme of the conference starts with the Opening Plenary Panel at 17.15 hrs. Afterwards the Bavarian State Reception in the famous ”Residenz München” is giving opportunities for networking.

The technical program of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit includes plenary... read more

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