Using Satellite Data for Disaster Management – Community Inputs


Session Goals:

  1. Explore the challenges and strategies for using satellite data in disasters management and risk reduction
  2. Seek community feedback to help identify best practices, gaps in service, and recommendations for the use of satellite data for disasters management; Collect and discuss the user requirements for using satellite data in operational systems
  3. Discuss the role of Space Policy in considering the needs of the environmental data and applied research user community in the mission design process


The GEOSS Architecture for Disasters project, sponsored by the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS), is describing a notional architecture for disasters management in order to identify recommendations to the member satellite agencies to advance the use of satellites for the GEOSS Disasters Societal Benefit Area. This session provides a forum to raise awareness of this activity, and interact with current and future users of disasters-related satellite products to identify strategies to improve their usefulness. This session also plans a panel discussion on the role of space policy to increase the value of future Earth observations missions to the needs of the applied research community. 




Using Satellite Data for Disaster Management – Community Inputs            Jan 10 2013


·       Use of satellite information. Data sharing policies and methodologies. Interaction between people and institutions. What processes are developed? Areas of improvements.

·       37 agencies providing data for free.

·       Total of 12 case studies. Discussed here: Earthquakes, Namibia Sensor Web Flood Pilot.

·       Opportunities.

·       Importance of metadata. Different users need different data. High resolution, low latency/quick updated data.

·       Steps: event detection, situational awareness, data acquisition, modeling, analysis, dissemination.

·       Drilling down to the user level: gaps appear in the system. Dependence on user/user requirements.

·       Importance of understanding user requirements.

·       Authorize the user? International charter terminology: allows the right person to initiate/trigger the disaster management.

Panel discussion

·       Emergency operations in Maryland. Main message: “make it simple”. User friendly products. Understandable.

·       NY2100: Sandy’s experience. Preparing for 2100 taking a look at the damages and zones recently affected by Sandy.

·       Data interpretation is key! People don’t understand in general the scientific products.

·       EMA: Emergency Management Agency.

·       Tools for sharing datasets, visualization, analysis in real time.

·       Emergency management is highly focused on weather time-scale.

·       Traffic (people displacement) under emergencies is a really important issue. Getting out of the disaster zone. Where to move them?




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Moe, K.; Using Satellite Data for Disaster Management – Community Inputs; Winter Meeting 2013. ESIP Commons , October 2012