Advancing the use of space-based technologies for disaster management

  • Wildfire - SW of Aweil, North Bahr-al-Ghazal - South Sudan

    30 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    33 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    40 minutes ago ADVISORY

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    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Telica, Nicaragua

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  • Volcano - Lewotolo, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

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  • Floods - Cilacap, Central Java, Indonesia

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  • Wildfire - E of Irvine (Bond Fire), California - United States

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  • Floods - Bojonegoro, East Java, Indonesia

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  • Floods - Medan City, North Sumatra, Indonesia

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  • Floods - Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Prabumulih, South Sumatra, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Nunavut, Canada

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  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

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  • Drought - South Korea

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  • Winter Storms - Southern Switzerland

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  • Avalanche - Southern Switzerland

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  • Wildfires - Olmue Commune (La Bodeguilla Fire), Chile

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  • Wildfires - Maria Pinto and Melipilla Communes (Mallarauco Fire), Chile

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  • Storms - Southern Brazil

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  • Floods - Bolivia

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Mid-Indian Ridge

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  • Storms - Southern India

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  • Wildfire - Queensland (Fraser Island Fire), Australia

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  • Wildfire - San Diego County (Willow Fire), California, United States

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  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 45 km NNW of San Antonio de los Cobres, Argentina

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Richmond, VA Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 75 km WSW of Masachapa, Nicaragua

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  • Earthquake - 5.5 - central East Pacific Rise

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Pacaya, Guatemala

    1 day ago WARNING

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  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

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  • Floods - Northern Colombia

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  • Floods - Tarija, Bolivia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tebing Tinggi, North Sumatra, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    4 days ago WARNING

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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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