New technologies have the potential to accelerate a country's development, but a global technology gap remains.
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ZKI — run by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) — acquires, processes and analyses satellite data to provide information on natural disasters and help guide relief activities. It publishes maps on potential building damage, population density and affected areas for all sorts of disasters including earthquakes, fires, landslides and floods.
ZKI also runs a fire service for Europe and North Africa, based on MODIS sensors.
Earthscan publishes books and journals on climate change, sustainable development and environmental technology. It offers a free one-hour webcast on relevant topics every month through its website, and these are archived and stored in downloadable formats. It also publishes a blog that includes opinions, news and events, and feeds from other social media — 'tweets' and links to the Earthscan YouTube channel. The website contains a searchable database of publications and an ordering service.
EIFL works with libraries and other partners around the world to increase access to knowledge for research and sustainable community development. One of the programmes run by the organisation, the Public Library Innovation Programme, gives small grants to public libraries in developing countries to implement community development services using information and communication technology (ICT). The programme supports 37 services in 22 countries, as well as studies to evaluate their impact. Projects include using mobile phones to deliver health messages to communities, and providing farmers with access to libraries' online resources on market prices and farm technology. The website publishes news, information on grants, events, case studies and information about the impacts of projects.
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide centre providing expertise in public health, medicine, social science, management, and other disciplines to promote evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.
HHI's aim is to advance the science and practice of humanitarian action worldwide so as to reduce the impacts of disasters.
Its Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning examines the use of information communications technologies in conflict and disaster settings. Research focuses on identifying patterns in humanitarian emergencies to improve warning and response. Specifically, HHI undertakes extensive examination of the use of crisis mapping, geospatial and crowd sourcing technologies to prepare, mitigate, and respond to emergencies.
The website showcases the initiative's work, as well as making a number of programme publications and working papers available.
The ICT4Peace foundation aims to facilitate communication about conflict resolution using information and communications technology (ICT). It also examines the role of ICT in the management of and response to natural disasters.
The provides free access to reports and presentations on issues including the use of mobile phones, mapping technology and social networking in humanitarian response, including specific incidents such as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as end-of-year reports. The website also publishes a list of relevant events and updates on the organisation's projects.
This free-access information portal, managed by India's Centre for Science and Environment, publishes news, features, opinion articles and blogs about environmental issues that apply specifically to India. The website publishes collections of articles on a range of subjects from science and technology to climate change, biodiversity, food safety and mining. It makes available links to reports, slide-show presentations, data, and a directory of Indian organisations and institutes listed by sector.
The JTWC public reference website links to data, government departments, organisations and services relevant to tropical cyclones across the world. This includes linking to weather forecasts and bulletins, satellite data, sea surface temperature products and radar imagery. The centre also links to principal news services covering extreme weather and meteorological agencies serving different parts of the world. A selection of training guides and materials is available on topics such as forecasting, satellite image interpretation and disaster preparation among others.
The Meridian Institute publishes daily summaries of news stories on nanotechnology for development, reporting on key innovations and technological applications, policy issues, risk-related information and technology transfer. While these stories cover a wide spectrum of disciplines — from health to materials to environment to agriculture — the institute also offers a compilation of water-related nanotech news summaries for those interested in the applications and implications of using nanotechnology for clean water.
The institute also runs projects and holds workshops on key issues — including the use of nanotechnology in water treatment — and publishes relevant background papers, presentations and case studies.
This online magazine publishes news and commentary on a range of nanotech applications from nanomedicine to nanotech for clean water. It also advertises jobs, book releases, events and links to nano art. In addition, Nano hosts an archive of country profiles outlining the state of nanotechnology including laws, advances and relevant companies.
This is NanoChina's news page, with latest and archived news relating to nanotechnology developments in China and East Asia. NanoChina was launched in February 2006 by the U.K. based Institute of Nanotechnology.
Nanowerk is a clearing house for information about nanotechnology and nanoscience. It publishes regular news on key developments and a daily feature article — written in cooperation with scientists — looking at new findings, reviewing current research or exploring interesting applications such as water treatment.
Nanowerk also hosts a database of more than 1,900 nanomaterials and links to key events, reports, documents, magazines, organisations and blogs relevant to nanotechnology. Its video library links to dozens of animations and videos about nanotech research, speeches and lectures.
NASA's 'hurricane resource page' provides the latest storm images and data available from NASA together with a tropical weather outlook for the Atlantic Basin. NASA has also published educational tools, including posters and classroom activities that are free for anyone to use. The website includes background information on hurricanes such as fact sheets, lists of satellite instruments used for hurricane monitoring and explanations of how hurricanes form and develop.
RSS publish near-real-time (6–36 hours from time of data collection) maps of sea surface temperatures for cyclone forecasting research. Maps and tracks are available for individual regions and include forecasted paths and wind speeds for tropical storms. Data from two satellites are used to create the maps, which are updated every three hours. An archive of data, including wind speed and track, sea surface temperatures, and rainfall intensity is available for all tropical cyclones since 1999.
SAFENANO publishes information on the health and environmental risks of nanoparticles, including the risks of waterborne nanoparticles. Its website provides daily news updates and feature articles as well as discussion boards and blogs for users to join in the debate. Background papers and guidelines are also available on key issues including risk management approaches.
SERVIR is a regional environmental imaging and monitoring system — operating in Africa and Latin America — built on satellite and geospatial data. It can monitor and forecast ecological changes and natural hazards. The website publishes interactive maps including near real-time satellite feeds of regional weather and ecological conditions, and real time updates on fires, floods, red tides and weather conditions. It also provides access to 3D imaging software.