UN-SPIDER / ZFL Regional Virtual Expert Meeting for Southern Africa

UN-SPIDER / ZFL Regional Virtual Expert Meeting for Southern Africa

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Through Its Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)

The Center for Remote Sensing of Land Surfaces of the University of Bonn (ZFL)

Tue, 13 Jul - Thu, 15 Jul 2021

Space-based Solutions for Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Response for Southern Africa

UN-SPIDER and ZFL are holding a regional virtual expert meeting for Southern Africa, a region vulnerable to hydrometeorological, geological, coastal and biological hazards and gravely impacted by droughts in recent years.

The objectives of this regional virtual expert meeting are:

  • To raise awareness regarding novel applications of satellite technologies in risk assessment, early warning systems, and disaster response operations;
  • To survey and examine efforts carried out by risk and disaster management institutions in Southern African countries on the use of space technologies and space-based information in disaster risk management, preparedness, response and recovery efforts;
  • To explore ways to enhance the use space technologies in disaster risk management and response and recovery applications in Southern Africa.

The regional virtual expert meeting for Southern Africa comprises of a total of 26 technical presentations. The details of these presentations are included in the Technical Background Document here.



Session 1: 13 July 2021

Morning Segment

UN-SPIDER and ZFL: SPEAR: A Joint Initiative by UN-SPIDER and ZFL of UniBonn

Dechlan L. Pillay, National Disaster Management Centre of South Africa (NDMC): Space Based Solutions for DRM and Emergency Response

Afternoon Segment — Technical Presentations

Haris Kontors, Alexia Tsouni, and Stella Girtsou, National Observatory of Athens — IAASARS — BEYOND Center of Excellence: The FloodHub and FireHub Systems for Early Warning and Crisis Management

Silvia Pardi Lacruz, Brazil Regional Support Office: UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices for Drought Monitoring and Flood Mapping

Session 2: 14 July 2021

Morning Segment

David Ongo, Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD): AfriGEO Initiative: Earth Observations for Africa

Andrie Jordan, Résilience Globale: Integrated Drought Risk Reduction and Management Plan for South Africa

Egline Tauya, Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC): Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction in Southern Africa: Integrating Space-Based and In Situ Data Including Local Knowledge

Fulvio Franchi, Syed Mustafa and Jean-Christophe Comte, Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST): Spatiotemporal Mapping of Floods and Droughts in the Limpopo River Basin: New Insights From Satellite and Sediments Data

Peter Salamon, Copernicus: Copernicus Emergency Management Service — Overview

Gina Schwendemann and Anne Schneibel, Georisks and Civil Security Department, German Aerospace Center (DLR): Demand Driven Data Services for Humanitarian Aid (Data4Human Project)

Afternoon Segment — Technical Presentations on Copernicus Services

Peter Salamon, Copernicus: Copernicus Emergency Management Service: Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS)

Paulo Barbosa, Drought Team, Copernicus: Droughts: European (EDO) and Global (GDO) Drought Observatories

Session 3: 15 July 2021

Norma Davila, National Autonomous University of Mexico: Multi-Temporal Radar Interferometry Analysis for Volcanic Activity Early Warning

Ciro Farinelli and Virginia Herrera, Airbus Defence and Space: Disaster Management Using Digital Elevation Model & Radar Weather Independent Earth Observation Data (SAR)

Jens Danzeglocke, Germany Space Agency (DLR): International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ – Satellite-Based Support for Disasters Worldwide

Godstime James, National Space Research and Development Agency of Nigeria (NARSDA): The UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office and Disaster Management in Nigeria

Alexandru Badea and Ion Nedelcu, Romanian Space Agency (ROSA): Space Data and Technology in Support of Disaster Management — Infrastructure SPERO

Kamel Tichouiti, Algerian Space Agency (ASAL): Forest Fire Extent Mapping

Kristopher Bedka and Margaret Glasscoe, NASA Applied Sciences Disasters Programme: Satellite-Based Assessment of Flooding, Rainfall and Severe Convection Within the NASA Applied Sciences Disasters Program

Andreas Rienow, Ruhr-University Bochum, and Robert Eckardt, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena: EO Connect — Zero Hunger MOOC: The Role of Earth Observation in Achieving Zero Hunger

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Information Note (207.66 KB) 207.66 KB
Agenda (358.4 KB) 358.4 KB
Technical Background Document (2.96 MB) 2.96 MB