Sentinel Asia is a voluntary initiative led by the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) and was established in 2005 as a collaboration amongst space and disaster management agencies under the APRSAF initiative. It supports disaster management efforts in the Asia-Pacific region through the provision of and imagery derived from earth observation satellites. A Joint Project Team (JPT) supports the implementation of Sentinel Asia. A step-by-step procedure has been adopted for the implementation of Sentinel Asia since 2006. Step 1 focused on the implementation of the data dissemination system as a pilot project (2006-2007). Step 2 targeted the expansion of the dissemination backbone through new satellite communication systems (2008-2012), and Step 3 comprises the provision of space-based information that covers all phases of the disaster management cycle - enhanced collaboration, as well as capacity building efforts (2013 onwards).
Eligible requestors for Sentinel Asia are Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC) member organizations and representative organizations of the JPT. Membership of the JPT is open to all APRSAF member countries, disaster prevention organizations, and regional/international organizations prepared to contribute their experience and technical capabilities. They are also encouraged to participate in disaster information sharing activities.
Conditions for Activation
Upon request, Sentinel Asia is able to provide geo-spatial information derived from earth observation satellites in case of major disasters; in addition to wildfire, flood and glacier lake outburst flood monitoring.
Request/Point of Contact
Eligible requestors can request the activation of the mechanism via email (z-sentinel.asia [at] jaxa.jp) or telephone (+81-50-3362-7838).