Benefits of Space Application to Disaster Management: Presentation to the Vienna based Permanent Missions

Following an invitation by the Head of the German Permanent Mission to the UN, H.E. Ambassador Rüdiger Lüdeking, representatives of the Missions to the International Organizations in Vienna attended a presentation on “Benefits of Space-based Support to Disaster Management”, which was organized by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and held on the premises of the German Permanent Mission on 3 November. Welcomed by Ambassador Lüdeking, and Ms. Annette Froehlich of DLR, three presentations were given, introducing the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information of DLR (Stefan Voigt, DLR/German Remote Sensing Data Center), the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal (Robert Backhaus, UN-SPIDER), and the UN-SPIDER SpaceAid Framework (Juan-Carlos Villagran de Leon, UN-SPIDER). A lively discussion addressed mainly questions of coordination and standardization in the context of support to disaster response and relief measures. In recognition of the vivid interest expressed by the participants as well as further fruitful exchange regarding these issues, a follow-on meeting on “Enhancing Global Cooperation in Satellite-based Emergency Mapping” has been scheduled for 9 December.