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UN-SPIDER 2010 Updates

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Research on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal as a human-technology network
Mr. Florian Neisser, Geographer at the University of Bonn, has finalized his research on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal as “An Interactive Platf…
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NASA Administrator launches SERVIR-Himalaya Programme with ICIMOD in Kathmandu
The SERVIR-Himalaya system is being launched today, 5th October, by Mr. Charles F. Bolden Jr., NASA Administrator, and Mr. Michael Yates, Senior Deput…
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Satellite to provide images of disasters
Satellite to provide images of disasters KATHMANDU: A team of Japanese scientists has installed a receiver that will directly provide real time satel…
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High Level Conference “Space for the African Citizen” in Brussels
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER Senior Expert Jörg Szarzynski participated in the High Level Conference “Space for the African Citizen” in Brussels….
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Application of earth-observation satellites to disaster monitoring
The small satellite constellation for environment and disaster monitoring and forecasting (SSCEDMF) is an important component of China’s earth-obser…
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ESCAP launches Asia-Pacific mechanism on drought monitoring and early warning
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), launched in to service a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Droug…
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DMCii-led project exploits satellites to strengthen UK disaster response
The project is being run by a consortium of five organisations: DMCii takes the lead role, with Infoterra Ltd supporting the Earth observation compo…
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Flood mapping for Pakistan by the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development
ICIMOD has taken up rapid response mapping for the flood affected areas in three provinces with the support from Sentinel-Asia partners and the reques…
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China launches “Mapping Satellite-I”
China successfully launched a new mapping satellite, “Mapping Satellite-I”, from the northwestern Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center at 3:10 p….
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International Telecommunication Union Aids Pakistan
Geneva – ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun Touré has issued a global appeal for contributions to assist the flood-affected victims in Pakistan. IT…
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SPOT 4 Availability in Russia Extended
ScanEx Research & Development Center (Russia) and French Spot Image (France) have signed an agreement, entitling ScanEx with exclusive rights star…
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ISRO Launches Gagan Satellite Navigation System
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched the GPS-supported Geo Augmented Navigation (Gagan) satellite navigation system to aid India…
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FAO Launches Real Time Fire Monitoring Website
Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launched a new online portal on fire information and real time monitoring to help count…
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Remote Sensing of the Forests of Belize
CATHALAC and NASA in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Belize have completed a remote sensing-based assessme…
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NASA Instrument Tracks Pollution from Russian Fires
Drought and the worst heat wave Russia has seen in 130 years have sparked a devastating outbreak of wildfires across the nation this summer, primarily…
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Satellites Help Measure Earth’s Water
Scientists say they’ve used satellite data to measure for the first time the amount of water that rises and falls in the Amazon River floodplain each …
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New Maps of Central America for Risk Management
Germany: GfK GeoMarketing released new maps for Central America offering comprehensive coverage from Mexico to Panama. These digital administrative an…
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First output of the project to assess coastal vulnerability_
Australia: Department of Planning/Department of Transport, Australia, has delivered the first outputs of the project to assess coastal vulnerability a…
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TanDEM-X delivers first 3D images
On 22 July 2010, researchers at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) facility in Oberpfaffenhofen publish…
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UNSW to develop satellite surveying technology
University of New South Wales (UNSW) researchers will develop satellite surveying technologies that will allow flooding, bushfires, deforestation and …
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Newsletter publication is also accessible at UN SPIDER

1. High Level Conference “Space for the African Citizen” in Brussels
2. UN-SPIDER strengthening ties with Crisis Mappers at ICCM 2010 in Boston
3. SpaceAid supporting response to floods in Senegal
4. Research on the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal as a human technology network
5. Read our latest Newsletter and follow UN-SPIDER on Facebook and Twitter
6. Sentinel Asia covering volcano eruption in Indonesia and flash flood in India
7. International Charter Space and Major Disasters activated nine times in September
8. SAFER activated for fires in France
9. NASA Administrator launches SERVIR-Himalaya Programme with ICIMOD in Kathmandu
10. MapAction reviews challenges of gathering and managing spatial data sets in humanitarian emergencies
11. Satellite to provide images of disasters
12. ESCAP launches Asia-Pacific mechanism on drought monitoring and early warning
13. DMCii-LED project exploits satellites to strengthen UK disaster response

Conferences and Workshops
-4th United Nations International UN-SPIDER Bonn Workshop on Disaster Management and Space Technology: “The 4C – Challenge: Communication – Coordination – Cooperation – Capacity Development”, Bonn, 12-14 October 2010
-The 4th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction: Incorporating space-based information and technologies into DRR and CCA; Incheon, Korea, 25-28 October 2010
-8th International Conference of the African Association o Remote Sensing and the Environment; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 25-29 October 2010
-Pacific GIS and RS User Conference; Suva, Fiji, 23-26 November 2010
-34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment: “The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring”, Sydney, 10-15 April 2011
-Gi4DM 2011 – GeoInformation for Disaster Management; Antalya, Turkey, 3-8 May 2011