Space Application

Space Application for Disaster Management: “What can be done with space technology and how?”

The Space Application section contains information on those space-based mechanisms established by space agencies of various countries 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.

Emergency Mechanisms

The Emergency Mechanisms section provides an overview of the most relevant mechanisms such as the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters". The understanding of these mechanisms, their procedures and workflows is a prerequisite to ensure rapid access to the products and other relevant information generated by these mechanisms.

Space Application Matrix

In the Space Application Matrix, the user finds guidance on space applications and how disaster management can benefit from their use.  Scientific and technical articles, guides and case studies outline the underlying principles, methodical workflows and best practices, advantages, restrictions, and accessibility of data and services are offered 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.

A free Field Guide to Humanitarian Mapping by MapAction is available in a low resolution version and in a high resolution version.

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 guide book is available on preventionweb in English and Spanish.