Applications are open for UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference 2019.
Natural and man-made disasters cause tremendous damage to societies around the world. They lead to loss of lives and property, displace people from their homes and destroy livelihoods. Further, they also disrupt sustainable development efforts worldwide. Convinced that space technologies can play a vital role in supporting disaster management, UNGA established UN-SPIDER in 2006. UNOOSA implements the UN-SPIDER program. The General Assembly mandated UN-SPIDER to provide universal access to all countries and all relevant international and regional organizations to all types of space-based information and services relevant to disaster management to support the full disaster management cycle.
In recent years, the quality of satellite sensors, access to and use of satellite imagery and Earth observation services has significantly improved, with more and more space agencies embracing open data policies that facilitate access to archived and up-to-date imagery. Such remotely-sensed data can be combined with in-situ information from a variety of sensors and with other data sources such as crowdsourced geotagged images to generate relevant information. Through Big Data approaches, diverse data sources can be used synergistically to create insights that would not be possible through the exploitation of a single source. The increasing presence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) techniques in remote sensing, such as deep learning, helps mine the massive amounts of big space data more efficiently, for instance, to quickly determine whether a road is still passable or not following a disaster.
UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference will address the present issues. Further, it will continue identifying challenges, highlight solutions and encourage partnerships for using space technologies for disaster management in Africa.
The UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference aims to contribute to increased use of big space data approaches and satellite-based application in African countries to respond to challenges posed by natural hazards. More specifically, the event aims to:
Due to funding constraints, the organizers will be able to offer support to only a limited number of participants. The support will defray the cost of travel and/or room and board expenses during the duration of the event.
Moreover, the applicants may register for a place at the conference via online portal available at the website.
Application for UN-SPIDER Bonn International Conference is open until September 13, 2019. However, the deadline for applicants seeking funding is 30 August 2019.