Advancing the use of space-based technologies for disaster management

  • Wildfire - SE of Faranah - Guinea

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Yakossi, Mbomou - Central African Republic

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Yei, Central Equatoria - South Sudan

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NW of Lokoja, Kogi - Nigeria

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Cooma, New South Wales - Australia

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - Galvarino Commune, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.3 - 105km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.7 - 9km NNE of Doganyol, Turkey

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Shelton, WA Region, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    6 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Columbia, SC Region, United States

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  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

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  • Floods - Central, United States

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  • Flood - Jesup, GA Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 57km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Charleston, MO Region, United States

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  • Flood - Lake Charles, LA Region, United States

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  • Flood - Beardstown, IL Region, United States

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  • Flood - Carlyle, IL Region, United States

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  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 61km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    11 hours ago WATCH

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - 65 miles SE of Amchitka, Alaska - 5.5

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Diane

    13 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Esami

    14 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 15km E of Kirkagac, Turkey

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 33km W of Villazon, Bolivia

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Southwest Indian Ridge

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Kuchinoerabujima, Japan

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Twelve

    20 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 48km W of Amatignak Island, Alaska

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus – China

    1 week ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Taal, Philippines

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    1 month ago ADVISORY

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    2 weeks ago INFORMATION

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    7 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Avalanche - Montana, United States

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  • Floods - Huanuco, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Arequipa, Peru

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  • Extreme Heat - Eastern Bolivia

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  • Floods - Northern Madagascar

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  • Storms - Mexico

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  • Winter Storms - Yukon, Canada

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  • Avalanche - Northwestern United States

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  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

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  • Storms - Peru

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  • Storms - Northern Thailand

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kerinci, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Avalanche - Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tanzania, Zambia, DR Congo

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Zimbabwe and Mozambique

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Floods - Northwestern Angola

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.4 - 8km S of Indios, Puerto Rico

    2 weeks ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Guatemala

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mitchell, SD Region, United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 weeks ago INFORMATION

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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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