Space Application Matrix

Earth-directed space application, i.e. application of space-based information and services, comprises Earth observation by satellite remote sensing (EO), satellite communication (SatCom), and satellite positioning and navigation (SatNav). Application of these space techniques to disaster management benefits from guides and case reports outlining the underlying principles, methodical workflows and best practices, advantages and restrictions, and accessibility of data and services. Given the complexity of the physical field of disasters and the organizational field of disaster management, guiding information on how to apply a specific technique has to be likewise specific regarding the type of disaster and the disaster management cycle phase (mitigation, preparedness, relief and response, recovery and reconstruction). Under more general aspects of disaster management operations, guiding information on the application of a given space technique may also refer to operational aspects like health, critical infrastructure, humanitarian aid and security, e.g. in case of complex emergency situations not attributable to a specific disaster type.

Space Application Matrix

Enter the Space Application Matrix

Using the Space Application Matrix allows you to interactively explore the possibilities of integrating space technology within disaster management.

It is a user-friendly and efficient information retrieval tool for navigating through the Space Application Guides and receiving customized information. These Guides are comprised of case studies, authored by experts and practitioners with regard to applications of space-based information and services targeting the four phases of disaster management, namely mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. They outline experiences from the application of space-related technology, and address benefits, lessons learned, and further potential, as the case may be.

Just choose the disaster type and phase in combination with the appropriate space technology and this Matrix will make it easy for you to find the proper information!

  1. The Continuously Operating Caribbean Observational Network (COCONet) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the aim of developing a large-scale geodetic and atmospheric infrastructure in the Caribbean that will form the...
  2. Moderator:       Douglas PATTIE (UNISDR-PPEW) Background The development and usability of early warning systems contributes to the socio-economic development by reducing the impact of hazards and increasing the...
  3. SECOND UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL UN-SPIDER BONN WORKSHOP: “DISASTER MANAGEMENT AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY - BRIDGING THE GAP”; BONN, GERMANY, 13–15 OCTOBER 2008 Moderator:       Robert BACKHAUS (UN-SPIDER) Background The...