PDC and NASA provide training on use of Earth observing data for disaster management

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 164km WNW of Hihifo, Tonga

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    57 minutes ago WARNING

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Western, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Asosan, Japan

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - SW of Birao, Vakaga - Central African Republic

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Malakal, Upper Nile - South Sudan

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - N of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Esperance, Western Australia - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Grafton, New South Wales - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Katoomba, New South Wales - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NW of Batemans Bay, New South Wales - Australia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Chos Malal, Neuquén - Argentina

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Juan Jose Castelli, Chaco - Argentina

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 138km ENE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nishinoshima, Japan

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Belna

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Cyclone - Pawan

    5 hours ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 128km SSE of Pondaguitan, Philippines

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Tropical Cyclone - Ambali

    11 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - Western Indian-Antarctic Ridge

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 6.0 - 63km NNE of Isangel, Vanuatu

    15 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Tropical Depression - Kammuri

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfires - El Quisco, Chile

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Central New Zealand

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern New Zealand

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flooding - Northern Philippines

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern and Central South Korea

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Eastern South Korea

    18 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Storms - Sri Lanka

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Scotland, United Kingdom

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Northeastern France

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southeastern Italy

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Northern Germany

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Park, Canada

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Glacier National Park, Canada

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Alaska, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Gunnison and Aspen, Colorado, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Eastern New Mexico

    20 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Northern South Africa

    20 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - Western and Northern DR Congo

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Bududa, Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 171km E of Kurilsk, Russia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Nebraska City, NE Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - St. Joseph, MO--KS Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Richmond, MO Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Central City--Greenville, KY Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Charleston, MO Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Carmi, IL Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangeang Api, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Sironko, Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Cunene Province, Angola

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northwest Territories, Canada

    1 day ago WARNING

  • High Winds - Madiera, Portugal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Western Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia and Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Djibouti City, Djibouti

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - South India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Argentina

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Pakistan

    2 weeks ago ADVISORY

  • Dengue Outbreak - Philippines

    3 months ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo/Uganda

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Western Wyoming, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southeastern Idaho, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Northern Utah, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Dengue Fever Outbreak - Republic of the Sudan

    1 week ago ADVISORY

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August 20, 2019

NASA is a critical source of scientific data for disaster management decision makers around the world. It provides near real-time imagery and remote sensing products to help detect global precipitation, fires, potential landslides, and numerous other atmospheric, oceanic, land, and water events. To support various applications of this data in daily decision making, NASA provides an Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) to educate disaster managers, policymakers, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and other applied science professionals. This year’s training titled, “Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Assessment and Resilience,” took place on August 15, 2019 and was hosted in partnership with the Pacific Disaster Center (PDC). It marked the tenth anniversary of the NASA ARSET program, which has garnered close to 28,000 participants over its lifetime. The training focused on the use of Earth observational data in disaster risk assessment—including a key section developed by PDC on the operational applications of remote sensing for disaster management. PDC is a global applied science and technology center managed by the University of Hawaii that works with countries around the world at the national, subnational, and local level to reduce disaster risk, build resilience, and save lives.

“PDC relies heavily on current, timely, and reliable information provided by NASA’s remote Earth observations and models, as well as other scientific data sources. As a global organization that supports disaster response, planning, preparedness, and recovery worldwide, we were happy to be invited to share our scientific applications in disaster response operations,” said PDC’s Disaster Management Specialist and Response Lead Michael Chatman who co-chaired the presentation with PDC’s Director of Applied Science Dr. Joseph Green.

According to Dr. Green, who presented on PDC’s strategies for disaster risk reduction and risk assessment, “NASA’s remote sensing data is fully integrated into our risk assessment products and methodologies, as well as our DisasterAWARE decision support platform—a system used by more than 65 nations to support informed decision making, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief.” Dr. Green described how NASA’s near-global, past, present, and forecast hazard data is used in combination with PDC’s subnational risk and vulnerability data to provide more accurate disaster risk assessment. He illustrated how the combination of this type of data was used to assess, predict, and help contain the spread of the Zika Virus.

NASA’s Sean McCartney (Senior Scientific Analyst, SSAI) with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center described the benefit of combining local data with NASA’s satellite data saying, “A major factor in risk assessment is evaluating the vulnerability of lives and property to disasters. Environmental information about hazards, their spatial impact, socioeconomic impact, and their temporal evolution play an important role as well.”

The training was attended by more than 940 participants from over 100 countries. Participants came from more than 800 organizations across local, state, federal, regional, and international organizations. The entire four-part series is accessible to anyone online at: https://go.nasa.gov/2zgnYyV.

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