UN-SPIDER Updates September 2019

Dear readers,

We're glad to share with you the September 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates.

In September, our UN-SPIDER Beijing office conducted its annual United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction and marked the office's tenth anniversary. For the occasion, we released an anniversary publication that highlights the work of the office over the past ten years. The publication is available online.

Last month, we also published two new step-by-step procedures for downloading, processing and mapping space-based information. These Recommended Practices explain how to use digital elevation data for storm surge coastal flood monitoring, and how to detect mudslides and associated floods using Sentinel-1 data.

A list of all our Recommended Practices is available here.

We would like to make use of this occasion to remind you that self-funded applicants can apply until 18 October to participate in our UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships”. The event will take place 6-8 November 2019. The deadline to apply for those seeking funding has elapsed on 30 August.

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

News from our Regional Support Offices

News from the community

  • 24/09/2019

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) - the world's largest humanitarian organization - released a report estimating the growth of humanitarian need if current human activities continue. Published this month, "The Cost of Doing Nothing" paints a bleak picture of global need for humanitarian assistance doubling to 200 million. The… Read more

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  • 23/09/2019

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the launch of a new satellite that will use artificial intelligence to filter images unsuitable for future use. The Phi Satellite (ɸ-Sat-1), presented at the ESA Phi-week from 9 to 12 September, will make data delivery more efficient by not sending back to Earth… Read more

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Title Organized by City Country Date
ARSET - Assessing the Impacts of Fires on Watershed Health

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Program 

06/06/2023 to 06/14/2023
GEO Symposium 2023

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

Geneva Switzerland 06/13/2023 to 06/14/2023
Open Data & Open Knowledge Workshop 2023

Group on Earth Observations (GEO)

Geneva Switzerland 06/15/2023 to 06/16/2023

Open Source Geoespatial Foundation

Free Libre Open Source Software Kosova

Prizren 06/26/2023 to 07/02/2023
Assessing the Impacts of Fires on Watershed Health

NASA's Applied Remote Sensing Training Programme (ARSET)

07/06/2023 to 07/13/2023
Wildfire Monitoring with Next Generation Satellites


07/11/2023 to 07/11/2023
Introduction to Geospatial Technologies for Achieving SDGs – Building Resilience

Central European University (CEU)

American University of Central Asia (AUCA)

Budapest Hungary 07/24/2023 to 07/28/2023
The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) 2023 Hybrid Annual Conference

The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) South Africa Chapter

Rhodes Univeristy

Stenden South Africa

Makhanda / Grahamstown South Africa 09/11/2023 to 09/15/2023
UN/Austria Symposium: Space for Climate Action: Space Applications and Technologies for Sustainability on Earth

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

Graz Austria 09/12/2023 to 09/14/2023
30th Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: "Challenges and Capacity-building Opportunities for Emerging Space Nations"

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

Baku Azerbaijan 09/29/2023 to 10/01/2023