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ESCAP Activities of RS/GIS for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific. Shoji Matsubara Expert, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

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escap activities of rs gis for disaster risk reduction in the pacific
ESCAP Activities of RS/GIS for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Pacific

Shoji Matsubara

Expert, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Pacific Countries GIS/RS User Conference

29th November – 2nd December 2011

Suva, Fiji



United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place in Brazil on 4-6 June 2012,
  • to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and
  • assess the Progress and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits


(1) Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication;

(2)Institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) has expanded since the watershed Rio Conference, but still the lack of coordination to hold back the full potential

united nations economic and social commissions for asia and the pacific escap
United Nations - Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
  • ESCAP is the largestregional economic and social cooperation arm of the UN in Asia and the Pacific.
  • ESCAP is pursuing environmentally SustainableEconomic and Social Development including Economic and Social Connectivityby using multi-sectoral approach.
  • Economic and Social Connectivityhas also rapidly improved by the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Space Applications, the awareness rising/preparation of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Transportation.
key vulnerability in pacific
Key Vulnerability in Pacific
  • Dispersed and least connected
  • ‘Pacific Ring of fires’ where about 90% of the world's earthquakes
  • Pacific Typhoon tracks and increasing incidence of Climate Change and Sea level rise
  • Incidence of high frequency and low impact disasters such as storm surge,coastal erosion
  • Small economies with extreme hazards need resilience building through enhanced preparedness and risk reduction strategies



Sharing (Web)

Sentinel Asia : Sentinel Asia is the collaboration between space agencies and disaster management agencies.



Communication Satellite

Space Agency

Disaster Management


Earth Observation Satellite

User Expansion





(ADRC members)




End User

Disaster Information

Human Network

Capacity Building・ Outreach


Sentinel Asia

THEOS (Thailand)

WINDS (Japan)

IRS (India)


(Taiwan, China)

ALOS (Japan)



Joint Project Team Member: Australia, Brunei, Fiji, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, SOPAC, etc.






ADRC also requested the activation to the International Charter – Space and Major Disasters, and AIT has worked as the Project Manager to product the flood images in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Mynmar since Oct 2011






Request ID(To be filled ADRC by )Please fill the form and send it to ADRC

+81-78-262-5546 (Fax) or (E-mail)



Emergency Observation after Great East Japan Earthquake (M-9.0) in 2011 by AVNIR-2 onboard "Daichi" (ALOS), JAXA

multi global navigation satellite system multi gnss
multi - Global Navigation Satellite System (multi - GNSS)

Pointing, Navigation and Timing (PNT) satellite technology has a big potential to be applied for socio-economic development as well as disaster risk reduction in the Pacific,


・ GPS, U.S.A.

・ GLONASS, Russia

・ Compass satellite constellation, China

・ Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), Japan

・ Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), India

call for application jaxa s multi gnss joint experiment 2011 and next year
Call for Application:JAXA’s Multi-GNSS Joint Experiment 2011 and next year
  • Ten joint experiment will be selected to
  • Demonstrate the improvement of the availability and accuracy by using Multi-GNSS including QZSS
  • 2) Explore new GNSS application in various application field such as Disaster mitigaion, Machine control, Surveying, Mapping and others by using more satellite positioning service.

regional cooperative mechanism on disaster monitoring and early warning particularly drought
Aims: Provide space-based technical tools,

focused on drought, and eventually incorporate other types of disasters, beginning with floods.

Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Disaster Monitoring and Early Warning, Particularly Drought

Priority Cooperation Areas:

  • Establishing the Standards and Procedures for data sharing and integration
  • Harmonizing modeling systems for drought monitoring, including integration of multi-satellite and platform data
  • Creating a regional drought vulnerability database as part of the National Drought Profiles
  • Continuing capacity building activities, especially to make use of available satellite resources for monitoring and early warning

Sub-regional intergovernmental bodies:

/Association of Southeast Asian

Nations (ASEAN) DRR Portal

/Mekong River Commission/Pacific Islands Applied GeoScience Commission (SOPAC) /Pacific Disaster Net/South Asian Association For Regional Cooperation (SAARC)/South Asian Disaster Knowledge Network

  • Tools
  • Search/sort: policies, legislation, frameworks, strategies and national plans in the region
  • Select a country/subregion/sector or issue and view an ever expanding collection of relevant publications, studies and initiatives
  • Information of DRR, socio-economic and others
  • Get updates on events/news through feeds and email
  • Networking and online writing
  • Build a network of similar minded experts.
  • View information on regional networks and intergovernmental mechanisms.
  • Contribute to the disaster risk reduction discussion by moderating and participating in online collaborative writing.

Thank you for your kind attention.

For further information, please visit our website at:


satellite imagery training for building disaster resilience in pacific
Satellite Imagery Training for building Disaster Resilience in Pacific

Needs: Disaster preparedness andrisk reduction management, using the satellite imagery in the specific vulnerability in the Pacific countries.

Measure:National training in each country

Missions: Country-specific training engaging key stakeholders in the following countries,

  • Koror, Palau (3- 5 Aug 2011) – 14
  • Port Moresby, PNG (8-10 Aug 2011) – 21
  • Funafuti, Tuvalu (2- 6 Sept 2011) – 28
  • Suva, Fiji (7- 9 Sept 2011) – 26


  • Disaster Image Download/Familiarization
  • Sentinel Asia (Emergency Observation Request, Image Download, GIS mapping)
  • International Disaster Charter (Product Download)
  • Lecture

Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)

Sea Surface Temperature (NOAA website)

Costal Erorison and Extention

Disater Management (Japan’s Institution, Regulation, Measures and recent Dsiaster)


sentinel asia project
Sentinel Asia Project
  • ESCAP is supporting the Sentinel Asia project which is a voluntary basis initiative led by the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) to support disaster management activities in Asia and the Pacific by applying WEB-GIS and Remote Sensing technology.
  • Since September 2011, Sentinel Asia has been providing flood images and products to the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar (
  • Cooperation with the International Disaster Charter (
satellite imagery training for building disaster resilience in pacific1
Satellite Imagery Training for building Disaster Resilience in Pacific

Further Needs and Intent of support:

  • National emergency communications systems(4 countries)

2. Building national baseline information and imagery databasesuch as hazard monitoring, climate induced hazard monitoring, development planning (4)

3. Real time provision of post-disaster imagery(4)

4. Specialized training such as thecoastal zone managementCase studies on satellite imagery usages such as land planning, public works, energy/electricity, health, agricultural, and infrastructure including Information and Communication Technology (4)

5. Regional advisory service for sustainable land use development planning (1)

6.E-government applications for Disaster Risk Reduction (1)