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UNOOSA: Making use of space based data for disaster management and risk reduction

Friday, February 10, 2017, 3:30 pm

CEU Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and

In-Service ICT Training for Environmental Professionals (ISEPEI) project 

cordially invite you to the next talk in

CEU Open Lecture Series on Disaster Management by

Lorant Czaran

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

Making use of space based data for disaster management and risk reduction

FEBRUARY 10, 2017 / 15:30 / NADOR UTCA 13, ROOM 416

Satellite-based imagery, telecommunication and global navigation systems contribute to more effective disaster risk management and emergency response. There is a recognized need to ensure access to and use of such technologies during all phases of the disaster management cycle including prevention, preparedness, early warning, response, reconstruction and risk reduction. Lorant Czaran’s talk will overview some trends in applying space technologies in disaster management. The talk will also introduce the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER), which connects disaster management, risk management and space communities, and facilitates capacity-building and institutional strengthening, in particular in developing countries.

Lorant Czaran is a Programme Officer in the Space Applications Section of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs since 2012, supporting both the Programme on Space Applications and UN-SPIDER, and is well known across the UN community for his commitment towards innovative geospatial solutions in support of the UN system work. Since 1996 Mr. Czaran has worked at UNEP/GRID-Arendal in Norway, at the UN Headquarters (Cartographic Section) on UNGIWG coordination and Security Council affairs, and later at the Department for Peacekeeping Operations where he helped produce the first in-house digital satellite imagery-based topographic maps at large scale (for the UN Disengagement Observer Force in the Golan Heights, Syria) and worked on international boundary demarcation mapping projects (such as Cameroon-Nigeria or Eritrea-Ethiopia). Before joining UNOOSA in 2008 Mr. Czaran also served as the Map Centre Manager for ReliefWeb/UNOCHA. He was the Head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn Office where he was facilitating support with space technologies during the response to the major Haiti earthquake in 2010. Mr. Czaran is an acting representative of the United Nations in specialized international bodies such as the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). 

All students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend!

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