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  • Image: UNISDR and CRED.
    New report highlights trends in economic and human losses caused by natural disasters Tue Oct 23 2018
    The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) have released a new report that highlights the global trends in disaster losses in the period between 1998 and 2017. “Economic Losses, Poverty & Disasters1998-2017” shows the significant increase of economic losses caused by climate-related disasters since 1970....
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    Delta State University joins network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices Tue Oct 23 2018
    Delta State University became the 23rd member of the network of UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices (RSO) on 1 October. As an RSO, Delta State University will communicate and coordinate with UN-SPIDER on a regular basis, engage in outreach and capacity-building efforts, and contribute to the programme’s technical advisory support activities. Through its Geospatial Information Technologies Centre (...
  • Participants at the UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission in Ghana, October 2018.
    UN-SPIDER conducts Institutional Strengthening Mission to Ghana Mon Oct 15 2018
    The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) is conducting an institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Ghana from 15 to 19 October. The mission is carried out in cooperation with the Ghana National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) and upon the invitation of the Government of Ghana. Thirty participants from more than...
  • Distribution of Disaster Relief in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 2016. Image: UN Photo/Logan Abassi.
    UN-SPIDER facilitates use of space-based information for disaster risk reduction Sat Oct 13 2018
    Disasters cause tremendous loss of lives and assets around the world. Over the last twenty years, more than 1.35 million people have died, while over 4 billion have been displaced, left homeless, injured or in need of emergency assistance as a result of disasters according to a new report by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of...
  • Global TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Model. Image: DLR.
    German Aerospace Center releases 3D representation of Earth for free download Tue Oct 9 2018
    The German Aerospace Center (DLR) has released a 90-metre resolution global elevation model from its TanDEM-X mission for scientific data use. The data is free to download via the new Earth Observation Center (EOC) download service. Digital Elevation Models (DEM) support disaster management efforts by allowing to map and modell natural hazards and risks that are influenced by topography such as...
  • SAOCOM 1A launching Credit: NASAspaceflight.com
    CONAE launches new SAOCOM 1 satellite for effective Earth observation and disaster management Tue Oct 9 2018
    The Argentina National Space Activities Commission (CONAE) launched a new Earth observation satellite that will support disaster management efforts. SAOCOM 1A is the first of a constellation of two radar satellites. The remote sensing mission aims to provide timely information for disaster management as well as monitoring services for agriculture, mining and ocean applications. The SAOCOM 1A uses...
  • Image of snow across northern Mongolia in January 2017 captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite. Image: Nasa Earth Observatory
    Satellite-based system to monitor droughts/dzuds handed over to Mongolia Tue Oct 2 2018
    A drought/dzud monitoring system known as “DroughtWatch-Mongolia” has been officially handed over to Mongolia on 17 September by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. DroughtWatch-Mongolia is a system based on satellite data which aims to provide real-...
  • Copernicus Emergency Management Service (© 2018 European Union), [EMSR317] Palu - Indonesia, Grading Map.
    Emergency mechanisms provide mapping products for Indonesia earthquake and tsunami Mon Oct 1 2018
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” and the Copernicus Emergency Management Service Mapping have been activated on 29 September after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the central Indonesian Island of Sulawesi. At least 844 people have been killed and 64,000 displaced according to reports. The cities of Palu and Donggala are the worst affected areas by the earthquake and a tsunami...
  • Children outside a UNICEF-supported water point in a drought-affected region in Ethiopia. Image: UNICEF Ethiopia/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Famine Action Mechanism uses data including satellite imagery to predict worsening food security Mon Oct 1 2018
    The United Nations, the World Bank, the International Committee of the Red Cross and prominent technology companies have jointly launched the new Famine Action Mechanism (FAM). The Mechanism uses a range of data including satellite imagery to predict famines, ultimately aiming to prevent them. Launched on 23 September, the FAM is a still-evolving algorithm that will use analytics to identify...
  • UNISPACE NANO SATELLITE ASSEMBLY & TRAINING BY ISRO, Image Credits: ISRO
    ISRO launches programme offering training opportunities in nanosatellite development Wed Sep 26 2018
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched a new programme to offer educational training in space technology to engineering and science graduates. The application period for the first round of the UNispace Nanosatellite Assembly & Training (UNNATI) will close on 30 September. Further rounds are foreseen in 2019 and 2020. The selected candidates will acquire knowledge about...
  • An image of Niamey from a drone. Image: Drone Africa Services.
    World Bank project maps and models flood risk in Niger Wed Sep 26 2018
    The government of Niger, in partnership with the World Bank and a team of local volunteers, steps up the gathering of data on Niamey’s exposure to floods using drone and open source data to support disaster preparedness. The initiative started with a team of volunteers, students and young professionals who used an open source mobile application to build a database on exposed people and assets in...
  • Image: Screenshot from EO college SAR Turorial
    EO College publishes new SAR Tomography tutorial Fri Sep 21 2018
    A new online SAR tutorial offered by EO College, a joint education initiative for Radar Remote Sensing by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, provides insights into 3D Synthethic Aparture Radar (SAR) analysis. The value added of 3D SAR analysis lies in the combination of images taken from different viewing angles and the possibility to combine these images to...
  • PSLV-C42 launching platform. Image: ISRO.
    ISRO launches two UK radar satellites for disaster management Fri Sep 21 2018
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched two Earth observation satellites on 16 September from Sriharikota where the Satish Dhawan Space Center is located. NovaSAR S1-4, which were developed in and will be operated from the United Kingdom, will provide Earth observation data, including for disaster and risk management. The satellites were constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology...
  • SINI launch ceremony.
    National Emergency Commission of Dominican Republic launches Geospatial Information Portal Thu Sep 20 2018
    The National Emergency Commission (CNE) of the Dominican Republic has launched a National Integrated Information System (SINI) to support decision-making in disaster risk reduction and emergency response. SINI - an inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary geospatial information portal - was developed with the support of the Ministry of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic. The need for such a...
  • Screenshot of "The state of food security and nutrition in the world" by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
    Climate risk monitoring and early warning systems to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate variability Thu Sep 20 2018
    “The state of food security and nutrition in the world”, a 2018 global report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations(FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and World Health Organization (WHO),  highlights the negative impacts of climate variability and extremes on food security and...
  • Screenshot of the Australian Monitoring System web portal
    New Australian online mapping tool to help detect flammable vegetation Thu Sep 20 2018
    The Australian Flammability Monitoring System is a new vegetation condition and flammability online mapping tool that is expected to support fire and land managers in Australia. The mapping tool uses satellite data to collect information on moisture content in highly flammable vegetation such as fallen bark, leaf litter and grass. It then displays this information on an interactive map, which...
  • Logo of the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”
    International Charter activated for Typhoon Mangkhut in Philippines Wed Sep 19 2018
    The International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” has been activated on 18 September after Typhoon Manghut hit the northern coast of Luzon in the Philippines with winds of up to 180mph. This has made Manghut one of the strongest storms in decades. The high winds also churned rough seas as it moved across Luzon, producing 30 feet-high waves, damaging forest, dragging electricity supplies and...
  • China launches new satellite to forecast and monitor marine disasters Wed Sep 12 2018
    China launched a new satellite on 7 September which aims to assist in the forecasting and monitoring of marine disasters.  The HY-1C satellite was put into orbit via a Long March-2C rocket which lifted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern China. The satellite’s overall aim is to improve understanding of marine waters by monitoring ocean colour and water temperatures, providing...
  • ESA’s Earth Explorer Aeolus satellite lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 22 August. Image: ESA
    Aeolus launched and produces its first data for improving weather forecasting for disaster management Tue Aug 28 2018
    The European Space Agency (ESA) launched the much-awaited Aeolus satellite into orbit on 22 August. It will provide data expected to improve weather forecasting and contribute to better disaster management. Aeolus - the “Keeper of Winds” in Greek mythology - aims to track and profile global wind better. Aeolus uses the Active Doppler Wind Lidar (DLR) method, which has the potential to provide...
  • Flooding in Japan during July 2018 captured by PlanetScope. Image courtesy of Planet Labs, Inc CC-NC-BY
    Planet joins International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” as approved data contributor Fri Aug 24 2018
    In May 2018, Planet joined the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters” as an approved data contributor, providing the Charter with 3.7 million Planetscope data from the largest fleet of miniature Earth imagery satellites operated by Planet. Planet's constellation of microsatellites will add to the Charter's ability to respond effectively to calls after major disasters worldwide. Planet...
  • UN-SPIDER conducts Technical Advisory Mission follow-up in Viet Nam Wed Aug 29 2018
    UN-SPIDER is working with the Viet Nam Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA) and the Disaster Management Policy and Technology Center (DMPTC) to promote the use of space-based information in disaster management. From 13 to 17 August 2018, a team of experts led by UN-SPIDER visited Viet Nam upon invitation from VNDMA and conducted...

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