Data application of the month: Free satellite data
Free satellite data obtained from earth observation satellites is useful for monitoring a wide range of hazards including floods, drought, fires, storms, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and has the added bonus in that it is freely accessible to anyone who wishes to use the data. This ease of access of free satellite data makes it a valuable tool to use for all phases of the disaster management cycle.
The National Commission for Space Activities (CONAE), UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Argentina, presented an extensive satellite-based map of the province of Tucumán, Argentina. This is a unique effort assembling satellite images and topographic cartography in 1:100.000 scales.