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

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    49 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Malanje - Angola

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - E of Malanje - Angola

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - NE of Pine Creek, Northern Territory - Australia

    1 hour ago INFORMATION

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  • Flood - Waterloo, IA Region, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 22 km WSW of Toyoshina, Japan

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  • Floods - Southeastern, United States

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

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  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

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  • Flood - Roanoke Rapids, NC Region, United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 1957 km SW of Lajes das Flores, Portugal

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  • Earthquake - 5.4 - 1965 km SW of Lajes das Flores, Portugal

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  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 193 km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Chicago, IL--IN Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - New London, WI Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Wilton, IA Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

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

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Flood - Pecan Acres, TX Region, United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ligonier, IN Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Dallas--Fort Worth--Arlington, TX Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

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

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Ozark, AR Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Miami, OK Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Natchitoches, LA Region, United States

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Hutchinson, KS Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Camden, AR Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Osceola, AR Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    9 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Landslide - Gamo, Ethiopia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Pakistan

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northwestern Argentina

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Kenya

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ethiopia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - India

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  • Floods - Northeastern India

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Honduras

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - New Brunswick, Canada

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Vietnam

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 734 km NE of Whitianga, New Zealand

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 72 km WNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

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

    11 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sheveluch, Russia

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 84 km WNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    17 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Missoula, MT Region, United States

    17 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Evansville, IN--KY Region, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Grand Rapids, MI Region, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Huron, SD Region, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Spencer, IA Region, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 121 km SE of ‘Ohonua, Tonga

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 79 km NW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Flood - Paris, TN Region, United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 702 km S of ‘Ohonua, Tonga

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 92 km NNW of Port-Vila, Vanuatu

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 1149 km S of Edinburgh of the Seven Seas, Saint Helena

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 29 km WNW of Foxton, New Zealand

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 107 km SW of La Esperanza (El Zapotal), Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.1 - 171 km ESE of La Playa, Mexico

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 641 km NNE of Port Mathurin, Mauritius

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Floods - Bangui, Central African Republic

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern Africa

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Uganda

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Somalia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - DR Congo

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Guatemala

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Mariana Islands

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Marshall Islands

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Yellow Fever - Nigeria

    5 months ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Measles Outbreak - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    4 months ago INFORMATION

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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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