As part of Syslab's activities on promoting use of geospatial technologies in environmental and societal management, SMARG conducts at CEU open lectures by practitioners of geospatial practitioners and experts and offers their live broadcast and records online.
Space Technologies and Sustainable Development Goals
by Lorant Czaran (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs), October 24th 2015
This broadcast covers the Office's activities and mandates, assesses how many of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are dependent on space technologies, and discusses how UNOOSA supports states, NGOs, and other organizations in capacity building and providing access to space-based data and other technologies.
A Journey to the Map of the Future
by Ed Parsons (Google), March 9th 2017
In the last decade the use of mapping has exploded to the extent that maps are now part of our daily lives and have become almost invisible in their ubiquity. Ed Parsons is exploring how this development occurred, and will illustrate how place is still important in technological development by taking a virtual industrial archaeology tour of SIlicon Valley. Finally he poses the question will the map of the 21st-century be even be a map?
Drone Support in Disaster Response
by Kinga Perge (MAGOR NGO Association for Disaster Response), March 3rd 2017
MAGOR NGO Association for Disaster Response represents professional volunteers supporting disaster management activities. Besides preparedness activities, the organization also involved in disaster response with its Drone squad following international UN and EU standards.
Building Disaster Resilience by Harnessing the Data Revolution
by Dr. Douglas Cripe (GEO Secretariat), February 17th 2017
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO), a global partnership of governments and organizations, envisions a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefits of human kind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth Observations. In the domain of disaster risk management, GEO advocates the value of Earth observations, engages communities and delivers data and information in support of Disaster Resilience by increasing capacity to prepare, forecast, mitigate, manage and recover from disasters; in order to achieve a substantial reduction of risk and losses of life and property through an understanding of disaster risk brought by maintaining and strengthening in-situ and remotely-sensed Earth and climate observations while enhancing the access to, and the sharing and use of, data and information obtained through such observations.
If it is not Risk Informed it is not Sustainable
by Stanislav Kim (UNDP), February 3rd 2017
UNDP is the lead DRR player in the Europe and CIS (ECIS) region with big and relevant portfolio. This portfolio serves as a basis for promotion of risk informed development by creating the legislative, institutional, and technical basis for national and regional DRR system. UNDP works to integrate issues of climate, disaster risk and energy at a country level, and to focus on building resilience and ensuring that development remains risk-informed and sustainable.