A hazard caused by long-lived, meso- to macro-scale atmospheric processes ranging from intra-seasonal to multi-decadal climate variability.

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  • EUMETSAT and the African Development Bank (AfDB) will hold a webinar on the topic of "Earth Observation in Africa: Satellite data support for weather, hydrological and climate services" on 24 September 2020.

    Since 2016, the SAWIDRA project implemented by the African Development Bank has helped local communities in Africa reduce the risk from natural disasters using satellite data. In this webinar, EUMETSAT and the AfDB hear from representatives from five Regional Climate Centres in Africa about the benefits Earth observation has brought to their areas, and discuss the future prospects for monitoring the climate, agriculture and water resources in a meteorologically uncertain future.

  • According to the latest issue of an annual disaster statistics report, floods were the deadliest type of disasters in 2019, followed by extreme temperature, while storms affected the highest number of people. Published by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), “Natural disasters 2019 - Now is the time to not give up” draws on data recorded in the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT), which saw the addition of 396 disasters that affected a total of 95 million and caused $103 billion in economic losses around the world. 

    Accounting for 40 per cent of disaster events, Asia suffered the highest impact with 45 per cent of deaths and 74 per cent of total affected. India, which saw cyclone Fani cause destruction in 2019, was the country most…

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  • La gestión del riesgo de desastres suele contar con el apoyo de las tecnologías de teledetección durante las diferentes etapas de un desastre. Estas tecnologías junto con los datos geoespaciales encuentran su aplicación sobre todo durante la evaluación de riesgos, la elaboración de modelos de escenarios o la alerta temprana, a pesar de que las medidas preventivas también pueden apoyarse en estas innovaciones. Esta Práctica Recomendada de UN-SPIDER se centra en las medidas preventivas que pueden adoptarse de antemano, utilizando los datos de teledetección sobre las inundaciones y los datos…
  • Remote sensing technologies can support all stages of the disaster management cycle. In the prevention and preparedness phases, they often find their application in risk assessments, scenario modelling and early warning. This UN-SPIDER Recommended Practice explains how remote sensing data about recurring floods, information about infrastructure and socio-economic data can be integrated using free and open source software to support prevention and preparedness efforts. It makes use, among others, of the InaSAFE plug-in for the desktop GIS software QGIS to estimate the number of people and…
  • World Congress on Disaster Management (WCDM) is a unique initiative of DMICS to bring researchers, policy makers and practitioners from around the world in the same platform to discuss various challenging issues of disaster risk management. The mission of WCDM is to promote interaction of science, policy and practices to enhance understanding of risks and advance actions for reducing risks and building resilience to disasters.

    The Conference will discuss various topics, including:

    • Remote Sensing, GIS and Drones for Disaster Risk Management
    • Early Warning of Hydro-Meteorological Disasters: Tasks Ahead
    • Early Warning of Earthquakes: How Far, How Near
    • Operationalising Early Warning of Landslides
    • Application of Artificial Intelligence for Managing Risks of Disasters
    • Emerging Technologies for Climate & Disaster Resistant Agriculture
    The Conference will provide in-depth…
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  • The major thrives of this congress will be discuss and develop an integrated Climate Resilience Ecosystem that will address Future Disaster Risk Reduction and Capacity Development of Vulnerable Communities for Sustainable & Inclusive Growth and Subsequently publish a White Paper that will be submitted to the Government of India and the State Government.
    The Conference will discuss different topics, including:
    • Application of GIS & Remote Sensing for Integrated Disaster Risk Reduction
    • Costal Vulnerability and Adaption strategies
    • Water Security and Risk Management
    • Management of Solid Waste for Sustainable Development
    • Climate and Carbon Financing
    • Sustainability and Inclusive Growth
    • Extreme weather Events
    • Global Warming and Coastal Risks
    • Multi hazard Early Warning Systems
    • Water Resource Sustainability and Security
    • Application of GIS& RS for Integrated…
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  • GeoEarth-2020 welcomes colleagues from all branches of Geosciences and from many countries in the world to participate to the second edition of thw 'World Congress on Geology and Earth Science'. The Conference will enable the sharing of best practices in Geoscience as well as exploring the role of remote sensing in monitoring Earth processes and dynamics.

    The topics of the Conference include:

    • Environmental Geology, 
    • GIS, Remote Sensing and Geospatial Sciences, 
    • Marine Geosciences and Oceanography,
    • Groundwater and Hydrology: Surface Hydrology/Surface Water,
    • Rock Deformation and Structural Geology,
    • Volcanology and Plate Tectonics,
    • Earth, Ecology and Ecosystems,
    • Soil Science and Conservation of Soil Biodiversity.
  • The 2020 United Nations/Austria Symposium "Space Applications for Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action" organized by UNOOSA will take place from 1-3 September. It will discuss how space technologies support climate action.

    Climate action is one of the most pressing priorities for action within the Sustainable Development Goals framework. The last 5 years were the hottest on record and 14 of the 15 hottest years have occurred since 2000. Average sea levels have risen by 23 cm since 1880 and by 9 cm in the last 25 years. Earth observation is an essential tool to monitor these changes: out of the 50 essential climate change variables, 26 can only be measured from space. Space technologies can contribute significantly to global efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This becomes evident when mapping contributions of space-based technologies to the SDGs: out of the 169 SDG targets, 65 are reliant on geolocation or Earth observation.

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  • Climate Scale offers an easy to access, current climate variability and future climate projections, building on the consolidated experience of Vortex technology to physically downscale climate data to the resolution for local applications
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