Satellite Imagery Crucial in Disaster Relief

Satellite magery of San Pedro Sula, Honduras after 2009 earthquake.
© NASA

The use of satellite images to monitor the after effects of natural disasters is seen as a crucial step in aiding long-term recovery efforts. Researchers at the University of Cambridge, partnering with Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd. and ImageCat Inc., have proposed a systematic process to monitor and evaluate Disaster-stricken areas through high-resolution images, according to an article published in the Disasters journal.

This method will aim at monitoring the rebuilding of infrastructure such as roads, buildings, and homes, as opposed to short-term recovery efforts that focus on looking for survivors and providing them with food and shelter. The satellite imagery will be able to closely monitor whether the reconstructing of the infrastructure is progressing in a timely manner. If it is not, policies can be amended to try and speed up the recovery process.

Read the entire article at www.earthzine.org/2011/08/03/satellite-imagery-crucial-in-disaster-relief/