Advancing the use of space-based technologies for disaster management

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  • Flood - Parana Basin, Paraguay and Cuiaba Rivers, Brazil and Bolivia

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  • Flood - SE of Mahakam Basin, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Zhu Basin, China, Hong Kong and Macao

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  • Volcano - Cotopaxi, Ecuador

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  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Uruguay

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  • Floods - Central Peru

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  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

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  • Storms - Brazil

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  • Blizzard - Arviat, Nunavut, Canada

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  • Flood - Limpopo Basin, Southern Africa and Eastern Africa

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  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 97 km NE of Cabatuan, Philippines

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  • Flood - N of Rosario, Entre Ríos and Santa Fe, Argentina

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  • Flood - New Amsterdam, Mahaica-Berbice, Guyana

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  • Flood - Ca Mau, Cà Mau, Vietnam

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  • Flood - NW of Merauke, Papua, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Chamdo, Qinghai, Xizang and Yunnan, China

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  • Flood - Alto Rio Sanguer, Chubut, Argentina

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  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, China, India and Myanmar

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  • Flood - SE of Cauvery Basin, Sri Lanka

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  • Flood - E of Abadan, Khuzestan, Iran

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  • Flood - Nile Basin, Egypt

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  • Snowfall - NE of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 151 km ENE of Georgetown, Saint Helena

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

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  • Landslides - Central Vietnam

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  • Drought - Eastern Africa

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  • Flood - Congo Basin, Middle Africa and Eastern Africa

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  • Highwind - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

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  • Storms - Singapore

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  • Avalanche - Colorado, United States

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - South Sandwich Islands region

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  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

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  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

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  • Flood - E of Daan, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Nei Mongol, China

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  • Flood - Yancheng, East China

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  • Flood - SE of Viseu, Pará, Brazil

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  • Wildfire - NE of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina

    1 day ago INFORMATION

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    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - Caucasus region, Russia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Nile Basin, Eastern Africa, Middle Africa and Northern Africa

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  • Flood - Yenisey Basin, S of Selenga River, Russia and Mongolia

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  • Flood - Senegal Basin, Western Africa

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  • Flood - Magdalena Basin, SW of Magdalena River, Colombia

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  • Flood - Yaqui Basin, E of Yaqui River, Mexico

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  • Flood - NW of Karachi, Baluchistan and Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - Limpopo Basin, NW of Limpopo River, Botswana and South Africa

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  • Flood - S of Tecuala, Nayarit, Mexico

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  • Flood - Balancan, Tabasco, Mexico

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  • Flood - SE of San Carlos, Río San Juan, Nicaragua

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  • Flood - E of Tucupita, Delta Amacuro, Venezuela

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  • Flood - Orinoco Basin, Orinoco and Apure Rivers, Colombia and Venezuela

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  • Flood - Cuyuni Basin, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana

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  • Flood - S of Guayaramerin, El Beni, Bolivia

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  • Flood - W of Mabaruma, Barima-Waini, Guyana

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  • Flood - Raba, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

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  • Flood - W of Parnaiba, Piauí, Brazil

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  • Flood - Tarakan, Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Orange Basin, E of Fish River, Botswana and South Africa

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  • Flood - Kapuas Basin, Kapuas and Mahakam Rivers, Indonesia and Malaysia

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  • Flood - SE of Pekanbaru, Jambi, Riau and Sumatera Barat, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Murray Basin, Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee Rivers, Australia

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  • Flood - E of Zhosaly, Qyzylorda, Kazakhstan

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  • Flood - Indus Basin, India and Pakistan

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  • Flood - Yellow River Basin, China

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, Bangladesh and Myanmar

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  • Flood - Chao Phraya Basin, Thailand

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  • Flood - E of Baoding, North China

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  • Flood - Brahmaputra Basin, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and South-eastern Asia

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  • Flood - Yalu River Basin, China, South Korea and North Korea

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  • Flood - Mekong Basin, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam

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  • Flood - SE of Karachi, Sind, Pakistan

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  • Flood - Yangtze Basin, NE of Yangtze River, China

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Niger and Bani Rivers, Burkina Faso and Mali

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  • Flood - Chennai, Eastern India

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  • Flood - Ogooue Basin, Middle Africa

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  • Flood - Vam Co Basin, N of Vam Co River, Cambodia and Vietnam

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  • Flood - Ganges Basin, India and Bangladesh

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  • Flood - Irrawaddy Basin, NE of Irrawaddy River, Myanmar and Thailand

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  • Flood - Shatt Al Arab Basin, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia

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  • Flood - Hingol Basin, NW of Hingol River, Iran and Pakistan

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Middle Africa and Western Africa

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  • Flood - Lake Turkana Basin, Ethiopia and Kenya

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  • Flood - S of Tamale, Northern, Ghana

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  • Flood - N of Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis, Mauritania

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  • Flood - Bolama, Bolama, Guinea-Bissau

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  • Flood - Niger Basin, Nigeria

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  • Flood - Congo Basin, Tanzania

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  • Flood - Chad Basin, Chad

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  • Flood - NE of Adigrat, Tigray, Ethiopia

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  • Flood - Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt

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  • Flood - NW of Bandar Lampung, Lampung, Indonesia

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  • Flood - N of Lamu, Lamu, Kenya

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  • Flood - Amur Basin, China, Russia and Mongolia

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  • Flood - Zambezi Basin, Mozambique and Zimbabwe

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  • Extreme Heat - Southern Vietnam

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  • Storms - Vietnam

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  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

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  • Extreme Heat - Queensland, Australia

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  • Extreme Heat - Northern Territory, Australia

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  • Extreme Heat - Western Australia

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  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - San Miguel, El Salvador

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Drought - Northwestern United States

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  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

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  • Drought - Federated States of Micronesia

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  • Drinking Water - SE of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada

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  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Mauna Loa, United States

    5 days ago ADVISORY

  • Drought - Tuvalu

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  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - South Korea

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  • Cholera - Haiti

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

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October 9, 2014

Despite advances in hazard monitoring and early warning and systems, disasters still cause significant disruptions to social, economic, and environmental systems, and recovery can take many years. The 2014 United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Management provided an opportunity for stakeholders to learn more about using space-based information to identify, assess, monitor, and respond to hazard risks in ways that could potentially lessen their impacts and shorten recovery periods.

Conference participants also explored using multi-hazard disaster risk assessment to better understand risks, mitigate impacts, and prepare for hazards by effectively integrating space-based technology into long-term disaster management and planning processes. As a valued partner of the UN system, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) was invited to chair a plenary session focusing on space-based information resources for hazard identification and risk assessment. PDC Deputy Executive Director Chris Chiesa provided participants with a presentation featuring PDC’s DisasterAWARE platform, which was identified by the Head of the UN-SPIDER Beijing Office Shirish Ravan as one of the “Best Practices” for disaster risk monitoring and assessment. Chiesa also shared experiences and insights from deploying the platform in the Asia-Pacific region.

This was the fourth annual conference, co-organized by the UN-Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) under the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), and the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People’s Republic of China. The event was held September 15-17 in Beijing, China and brought together over 110 participants from 36 countries representing 56 organizations.

For more information on this event:
• Visit the event’s conference page and view presentations,
• Take a look at the conference booklet,
• View an event summary by UN-SPIDER, and

• Read an article by the China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

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