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Satellite Analysis and Applied Research
Satellite Analysis and Applied Research

Satellite Analysis and Applied Research

Optimizing the use of technology new technology, including geospatial technologies for evidence-based decision-making.

  • 16

  • 470

    Total beneficiaries
  • 16

    Learning events
  • 470

  • 269

  • 1,136

    Mapping products

Key SDG alignment


The digital nature of Remote Sensing allowed our mapping services to carry out activities as usual, despite the pandemic. Our activities kept on growing as we delivered 1,136 products and services based on over 300 analyses to partners in 59 countries, predominantly located on Sub-Saharan and Northern Africa & Western and South-Eastern Asia.

Much of the data produced was used to assess exposure to and impact of hazards, but also to generate potential flood scenarios, for refugee camp planning, assess damages caused by crisis, conduct sectoral analyses and more. The mapping activities covered therefore several themes of the 2030 Agenda, in particular Innovation, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action and Peace.

For example, we supported emergency planning and response activities following the oil spill off the coast of Mauritius in August and in Vietnam after Tropical Cyclone MOLDAVE made landfall in October.

We also delivered trainings to enhance government officials’ capacities on GIT applications for DRR in Mozambique and Uganda, both countries that had requested the activation of UNOSAT’s emergency mapping service the year before.

2020 also marked the introduction of the UNOSAT Flood AI model into our operations, thereby accelerating and automating our mapping efforts for the benefit of national disaster management authorities.

We designed and implemented several capacity development activities, increasing use of distance learning solutions with exclusively online and blended delivery methods. All our trainings delivered online included live webinars and workshops to encourage participants’ engagement and ensure the highest impact and quality of delivery.

The beneficiaries were trained on Geospatial Information Technology (GIT) applications for a wide range of themes, such as Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), risk financing, climate resilience, emergency response, agriculture, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), peace and security, investigations & respect of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) monitoring. These activities improved the capacities of beneficiaries to use geospatial tools and data, and support decision making with satellite imagery-derived evidence.

George Baragamu - Solomon Islands

“The [UNOSAT] officer supporting us from the project is a local, so the context of the country is well understood.”

George Baragamu

Solomon Islands

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