Satellites to assist the Japanese authorities

Satellite images of Natori, Japan: before (left, 04/04/2010) and after (right, 12/03/2011)© GeoEye

Satellite images of Natori, Japan: before (left, 04/04/2010) and after (right, 12/03/2011) © GeoEye

When a natural disaster occurs, such as like the massive earthquake that struck off the north-east coast of Honshu followed by a strong Tsunami, it is urgent to know the areas affected by the disaster, the current condition of the access roads as well as to identify areas where the population can be relocated safely.

It is precisely in these areas where satellite images become extremely useful to support the post disaster decision making process.

Linking Space to Education

© UNESCO/ Pilar Chiang
2009 UNESCO Science Day

Space studies bring a new dimension to science education. They introduce new knowledge, values and perspectives to our understanding of planet Earth and enhance our understanding of the universe. Space studies, based on the rational arguments of physics and mathematics, improve the critical-thinking, participatory problem-solving and decision making skills of students, and these are central to quality education - the priority goal of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014).

IOC 50th Anniversary

© Fackler/NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
Kelp forest, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (USA)

The IOC celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010. Beginning with the International Indian Ocean Expedition in 1960 the IOC has worked to promote international co-operation in researching and protecting the ocean.


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