Dear readers, We're glad to share with you the July 2019 UN-SPIDER Monthly Updates. We would like to make use of this occasion to inform you about two upcoming UN-SPIDER events:
- The UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference “Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management in Africa: Challenges, Applications, Partnerships” will take place 6-8 November 2019. Application close 30 August for those seeking funding and 18 October for self-funded applicants.
- The India International Training Course on Space-based Information System for Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction (Eco-DRR), jointly organized with the Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM), Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India, will take place 25-29 November 2019. The deadline for applications is 31 August 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
- Space-based data in emergency response at centre of UN-SPIDER Institutional Strengthening Mission to Cameroon22/07/2019Regional Support Offices involved: Nigeria Regional Support Office
Upon the request of the Ministry of Territorial Administration (MINAT), Government of Cameroon, UN-SPIDER carried out a week-long Institutional Strengthening Mission (ISM) to Yaoundé from 15 to 19 July. The mission aimed to strengthen the capacities of the Department of Civil Protection (DPC) of Cameroon in using space-based information in all phases of the disaster management cycle. It was... Read moreSatellite(s) and sensor(s) used:Country/Region mentioned:
News from the community
Satellite technology became an integral part of efforts to detect and contain forest fires in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Germany at the end of June and early July. The German Aerospace Center (DLR) used satellite information, along with images captured by the Modular... Read more
Facebook has published new population density maps covering most of the African continent and countries of the Asia-Pacific region in June 2019. Using artificial intelligence (AI), these maps help organizations to respond to natural disasters, and scientists to assess the impact of climate change and urbanization on people’s lives. As soon as almost the entire world population... Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
Small and low-income countries can be disproportionately affected by natural disasters. For example, the top ten natural disasters between 1980 and 2017, in terms of greatest damage as a percentage of GDP, occurred in small and low-income countries, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its June 2019 policy paper, “... Read more
Evaluating the safety and integrity of infrastructure such as bridges, which is often done through hands-on inspections, may soon be possible with the help of information captured several kilometers above the Earth’s surface. According to a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) news article, scientists... Read moreSatellite(s) and sensor(s) used:
- Tropical Cyclones stalling along the North Atlantic coast lead to more rain in the confined location04/07/2019
According to a new study by scientists from NASA and NOAA, tropical cyclones stall more frequently and stay longer near the coastline. This potentially leads to more precipitation over confined locations and thus an aggravation of tropical cyclone hazards for coastal populations.
In the new study, scientists Hall and Kossin examined all tropical cyclones from 1944-... Read more
A recent study, published in the Water Resource Research journal, presents a new method for a spatially realistic national flood risk assessment.
Researchers expanded an existing statistical model, based on U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) river flow data, to... Read moreCountry/Region mentioned:
In the past year, “there were 315 natural disaster events recorded with 11,804 deaths, over 68 million people affected, and US$131.7 billion in economic losses around the world.” This is according to the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in its recently released 2018 Natural Disasters Report.
While... Read more