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

  • Storms - Rwanda

    14 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Stoeng Treng, Stng Trng - Cambodia

    1 hour ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Maridi, West Equatoria - South Sudan

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Idah, Kogi - Nigeria

    2 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Central Java, Indonesia

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 6.2 - 225 km WNW of Pangai, Tonga

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Tornado - Indramayu Regency, West Java, Indonesia

    3 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Tasikmalaya City, West Java, Indonesia

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Sidoarjo Regency, East Java, Indonesia

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Storms - Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Jember Regency, East Java, Indonesia

    4 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 151 km N of Tobelo, Indonesia

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tornado - Pesawaran Regency, Lampung, Indonesia

    7 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    7 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Eight

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Oil Spill - Peru

    9 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 65 km NNW of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 43 km NNW of Nuku‘alofa, Tonga

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Fiji region

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 year ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern Africa

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Madagascar

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southeastern Africa

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Flood - Western Uganda

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Queensland, Australia

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Monterey County (Colorado Fire), California, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Canada

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Brazil

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Brazil

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Paraguay

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Philippines

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Israel

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - American Samoa

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Brazil

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storm - New South Wales, Autralia

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Storm - Victoria, Autralia

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Central Canada

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SW of Tarbes, Midi-Pyrnes - France

    20 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Greece

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 5 km E of Anse-à-Veau, Haiti

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 4 km S of Anse-à-Veau, Haiti

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Cusco Region, Peru

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Landslide - Lemba District, Sao Tome and Principe

    1 day ago INFORMATION

  • Winter Storm - Northwestern Syria

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Huanuco, Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Serbia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western Peru

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - New South Wales, Australia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kutai Kertanegara Regency, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northern Pakistan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - US Virgin Islands

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Pacific Islands

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    6 days ago WARNING

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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