We're glad to share with you the May 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.
We would like to make use of this occasion to inform you that applications for the United Nations Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction - "A Policy Perspective" and Commemoration of 10 Years of the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office are now open. This 9th Annual UN-SPIDER Conference in Beijing will take place 11-12 September 2019.
Below the updates, you'll also find an events calendar with upcoming conferences, workshops and seminars organized by the community.
Enjoy the read!
UN-SPIDER at a glance
- Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference calls for strengthening early warning efforts to meet challenges posed by a changing climate23/05/2019
Held on 13 and 14 May in Geneva, the Second Multi-Hazard Early Warning Conference (MHEWC-II) called for further strengthening of multi-hazard early warning systems (MHEWS) as part of disaster risk reduction efforts worldwide. At the event, more than 320 participants from all regions of the world and affiliated to international, regional, national and… Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
- Registrations open for United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – A Policy Perspective13/05/2019
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has opened registrations for the 9th Annual UN-SPIDER Conference in Beijing “United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – ‘A Policy… Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
News from the community
- Review article discusses using remote sensing-based proxies to improve urban disaster risk management and resilience31/05/2019
Remote sensing, or obtaining information about the Earth’s surface from afar using satellites or high altitude aircraft, is an important tool for predicting, mitigating, and managing disasters. To obtain a more comprehensive view of the conditions on Earth, remote sensing analysts must often look beyond information that can be immediately extracted from satellite imagery, for example… Read more
- German Aerospace Centre and Leipniz Supercomputing Centre team up to improve Earth observation data analysis31/05/2019
The lowering or sinking of the ground’s surface, referred to as land subsidence, can cause serious damage to infrastructure and private property, and in turn, have an adverse impact on communities, individuals, and the economy. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Sentinel-1… Read moreSatellite(s) and sensor(s) used:
The Canadian Space Agency and the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation have released 36,500 RADARSAT-1 images, which are available at no cost on the Government of Canada’s Earth Observation Data Management System. Having aided… Read moreSatellite(s) and sensor(s) used:Country/Region mentioned:
Building upon a history of successful Earth observation satellite launches, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) sent its RISAT-2B radar imaging satellite into orbit on 22 May 2019. Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, the satellite has the capacity to benefit the… Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
A one-week-long event brought together scientists and users to present their latest findings on the Earth’s environment and climate derived from satellite data. Organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Living Planet Symposium also introduced ESA missions – such as the Sentinels, Earth Explorers and meteorological missions – as well as national missions in development.… Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
A new publication presents 30 innovation products and approaches for disaster risk reduction, ranging from GIS and remote sensing to community-based disaster risk reduction and indigenous DRR technology. “30 Innovations for DRR” has been published by a group of experts from Keio University, the University of Tokyo, the United Nations University, CWS Japan and IRIDeS of Tohoku… Read more
A new United Nations report calls for urgent action on disaster risk reduction to protect progress towards eradication of poverty and hunger, and action on climate change. The achievement of these and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) could be slowed down or even reversed if governments do not adopt appropriate strategies, the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk… Read more
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has recently released a new website, SpaceforUS, which intends to highlight how NASA has used its Earth observation data to better the living conditions of people in all 50 states of the United States of America.
SpaceforUS includes… Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
New satellite data from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) confirms that 2015 to 2018 were the four hottest years on record. The findings echo the results of recent reports by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) on NASA's Aqua satellite collected the data, which… Read moreSatellite(s) and sensor(s) used: