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Disaster Response

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January 21, 2016

Mining Social Media Can Help Improve Disaster Response Efforts

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Leveraging publicly available social media posts could help disaster response agencies quickly identify impacted areas in need of assistance, according to a Penn State-led team of researchers. By analyzing the September 2013 Colorado floods, researchers showed that a combination of remote sensing, Twitter and Flickr data could be used to identify flooded areas.

May 13, 2015

Emergency Route Planner for Nepal

To support the rescue efforts in Nepal after the devastating earthquake, geoinformatic scientists from Heidelberg University have set up an emergency route planner on the Internet. Resuce workers can check the local infrastructure conditions and locate the best route around blocked roads and regions. They can also obtain information on key points of contact such

April 29, 2015

Disaster Relief – DLR Provides Aerial Images of Kathmandu

The German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (Zentrum für satellitengestützte Kriseninformation; ZKI) is providing relief organisations in Nepal with reference maps of the Kathmandu region. These originate from high-resolution aerial image data from the DLR Institute of Optical Sensor Systems. In the meantime, the International Charter 'Space and Major

April 29, 2015

Kathmandu, Viewed by Pléiades Satellites, Before and After the Earthquake

Following Nepal's devastating magnitude-7.8 earthquake on Saturday, Airbus Defence and Space has acquired Pléiades satellites imagery to support the International Charter and Copernicus Emergency Management Service. The data acquired will assist in assessing the damage and help rescue organisations in the delivery of humanitarian aid. The before and after Pléiades images over Kathmandu (full image

February 2, 2015

Intergraph Unveils Damage Assessment Solution

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Feb. 2, 2015—Utilities can better manage restoration activities following storms with Intergraph®’s new Damage Assessment solution. The solution optimizes storm management by automating the collection of storm-related damage to utility assets and enabling utilities to make immediate, informed decisions on a restoration plan. Intergraph’s Damage Assessment automates restoration workflows, making after-storm management more

January 20, 2015

Japan Discusses a Disposable Satellite for Emergency Response

The Japanese government’s Committee on National Space Policy included a discussion of an “operationally responsive small satellite” in its Basic Plan on Space Policy. The discussion will occur during planning for the next fiscal year.

October 23, 2014

Mapping Risk Areas to Reduce the Impact of Natural Disasters

BRUSSELS, Belgium, Oct. 23, 2014—Forewarned is forearmed for the FP7 funded INCREO project, which seeks to mitigate and prepare for disasters through risk and vulnerability mapping. Emergency services and those charged with civil protection and disaster management will find their jobs easier thanks to the work being done by the EU’s INCREO (‘Increasing Resilience through Earth Observation’) project. The impact

October 4, 2012

Global Population Mapping Tool Sets the Standard

Disaster Response When tsunamis struck the Indonesian coast in December 2004, the destruction left relief agencies scrambling to locate thousands of stranded people in need of assistance. LandScan Global (LandScan), a worldwide population database developed by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the Department of Defense, was a critical part of