Space Application for Disaster Management: “What can be done with space technology, and how?”
The Space Application section contains information on available space-based products and services, on their application, sources and access options. It is worth noting that this information covers the full disaster management cycle, all earth-directed space technology, and all types of major natural or man-made hazards.
The Emergency Mechanisms section provides an overview of relevant organizational frameworks such the mechanism of the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters". The understanding of these frameworks, mechanisms, procedures and workflows is a prerequisite to bringing technological assets to bear on disaster management to the best possible effect.
In the Space Application Guides section, the user finds guidance on space applications and how disaster management can benefit from them. This information can be retrieved through the Space Application Matrix. Guides and case reports outlining the underlying principles, methodical workflows and best practices, advantages, restrictions, and accessibility of data and services are offered in order to inform the user and to support his decision making.
Background information on Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing are available as free e-books on the website of the University of Twente.
The team of the project "Mitigation of Georisk in Central America" published a Guidebook for Assessing Risk Exposure to Natural Hazards in Central America. It contains several examples of remote sensing applications for disaster risk management. The guidbook is available on preventionweb in English and Spanish.