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In November 2016, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) will install its Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) at the International Space Station (ISS). The spectrometer will be used to monitor natural hazards such as fires, floods, and droughts through the scan of multiple bands of light. DESIS was developed in a partnership with La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia.
In November 2016, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) will install its Earth Sensing Imaging Spectrometer (DESIS) at the International Space Station (ISS). The spectrometer will be used to monitor natural hazards such as fires, floods, and droughts through the scan of multiple bands of
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Report: The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters 1995-2015

The recently launched report, “The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters 1995-2015” by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Belgian Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), identifies that during the last twenty years 90 per cent of major disasters have been caused by weather-related events such as floods, storms, heat waves, and droughts. Since 1995, the report indicates that there have been more than 600,000 deaths as a cause of weather-related disasters while 4.1 billion people have been injured, left homeless or in need of humanitarian aid. 
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On November 18, the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) and the National Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information Administration signed an agreement on data sharing in order to strengthen national capabilities in earthquake prevention and relief.
On November 18, the China Earthquake Administration (CEA) and the National Surveying, Mapping and Geo-information Administration signed an agreement on
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During a news conference in Geneva on 16 November 2015, the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr. Michel Jarraud, commented that the “Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and sub-tropical zones bear the hallmarks of this El Niño, which is the strongest for more than 15 years.” He further emphasized that “We are better prepared for this event than we have ever been in the past.”
During a news conference in Geneva on 16 November 2015, the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Mr. Michel Jarraud, commented that the “Severe droughts and devastating flooding being experienced throughout the tropics and sub-tropical zones bear the hallmarks of this
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According to the September – October 2015 edition of the “Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and Caribbean” which is published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.2 million people have been affected by disasters from January to October 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean. This figure is considerably larger than the one reported by OCHA for this region in 2014 (11.4 million people).
According to the September – October 2015 edition of the “Humanitarian Bulletin Latin America and Caribbean” which is published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 13.2 million people have been affected by disasters from January to October 2015 in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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On November 8, China launched the remote sensing satellite Yaogan 28 from the Taiyuan space center in the Shanxi Province, located in northern China. As the state-run Xinhua news agency reported, the government-owned satellite “will be used for experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster relief.”
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The Array for Real-time Geostrophic Oceanography (ARGO) is an international collaboration effort that has been established to collect temperature and salinity profiles data from the upper ocean to intermediate depths. The ocean data is collected using specially-built autonomous devices, drifting at sea. Since the year 2000, around 800 of these devices are installed each year. 
The Array for Real-time Geostrophic Oceanography (ARGO) is an international collaboration effort that has been established to collect
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The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based in Pasadena, California is developing a new network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with the private company Quadra Pi R2E, which is based in San Francisco, California. The new sensors are designed to improve the detection of wildfires.  FireSat is expected to be launched by June 2018.
The NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, based in Pasadena, California is developing a new network of space-based sensors called FireSat in collaboration with the private company Quadra Pi R2E, which is based in San Francisco, California. The new sensors are designed to improve the detection of wildfires.  FireSat is expected to be launched by June 2018.  
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In 2008, Landsat Earth observation images became available to all users free of charge. Since then, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) portal has provided roughly 30 million Landsat Earth observation images for users to download. Within the next years, downloads of satellite imagery are expected to increase further. 
 
In 2008, Landsat Earth observation images became available to all users free of charge. Since then, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) portal has provided roughly 30 million Landsat Earth observation images for users to download.
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The relationship of El Niño and drought

The article "Vegetation Greening and Climate Change Promote Multidecadal Rises of Global Land Evapotranspiration" by Professor John Kimball of the University of Montana addresses widespread increases in plant growth and evaporation due to recent global climate trends. Kimball’s research team conducted a long-term global satellite record of land evapotranspiration, using remote sensing satellite data for the period of 1982 and 2013. Their findings showed that an increase of evapotranspiration from soil and plants is increasing the risk of droughts. This development can be further exaggerated during periodic drought cycles in times of El Niño events. 
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On 10 November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2015, launching the 2015 UNESCO World Science Report. Every five years, the World Science Report highlights worldwide trends in science, technology and innovation.
On 10 November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated the World Science Day for Peace and Development 2015, launching the 2015 UNESCO World Science Report.
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The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated to provide satellite-based emergency maps to local authorities in charge of response operations after torrential rain and floods affected eastern Iraq on 5 November 2015. The request for activation was elevated to the Charter by USGS on behalf of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been further activated to provide satellite-based emergency maps to Brazilian local authorities in charge of response operations after a dam collapse in Bento Rodrigues on 5 November 2015. The dam failure triggered the spilling of liquid waste into the city of Bento Rodrigues in Minas Gerais State. The request for activation was elevated to the Charter by the Brazilian Disaster and Risk Management Agency.
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated to provide satellite-based
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United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response
Introduction

UN Platform for space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

UN-SPIDER aims at providing universal access to all types of space-based information and services relevant to disaster management by being a gateway to space information for disaster management support; serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management and space communities; and being a facilitator of capacity-building and institutional strengthening.

In its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006 the United Nations General Assembly agreed to establish the "United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response - UN-SPIDER" as a new United Nations programme, with the following mission statement: "Ensure that all countries and international and regional organizations have access to and develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full disaster management cycle". Whereas there have been a number of initiatives in recent years that have contributed to making space technologies available for humanitarian aid and emergency response UN-SPIDER is the first to focus on the need to ensure access to and use of such solutions during all phases of the disaster, including the risk reduction phase which will significantly contribute to a reduction in loss of lives and property.
 
The UN-SPIDER programme is achieving this by focusing on being a gateway to space information for disaster management support, by serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management and space communities and by being a facilitator of capacity-building and institutional strengthening, in particular for developing countries.
 
UN-SPIDER is being implemented as an open network of providers of space-based solutions to support disaster management activities. Besides Vienna (where UNOOSA is located), the programme also has an office in Bonn, Germany and an office in Beijing, China.

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