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

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    18 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - W of Kahemba, Bandundu - Congo (Kinshasa)

    51 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Tshikapa, Kasa-Occidental - Congo (Kinshasa)

    52 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Lucapa, Lunda Norte - Angola

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    56 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (East of Skuppah Fire), Canada

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Utah County (Bennion Creek Fire), Utah, United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Carbon County (Crooked Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of Powell (Robertson Draw Fire), Wyoming - United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Helena (Deep Creek Fire), Montana - United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Graham County (Pinnacle Fire), Arizona, United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Moab (Pack Creek Fire), Utah - United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Pinal and Gila Counties (Telegraph Fire), Arizona, United States

    59 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - New Zealand

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Tulungagung Regency, East Java, Indonesia

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Phatthalung, Thailand

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Singapore

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Potential Tropical Cyclone - Three

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Cameroon

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Oaxaca, Mexico

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Denmark

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Latvia

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Poland

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Portugal

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tasmania, Australia

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Goias, Brazil

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Port-Vendres Commune, France

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    12 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 178 km SE of Hihifo, Tonga

    14 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Demopolis, AL Region, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mandeville--Covington, LA Region, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Nepal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bhutan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bekasi City, West Java, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sijunjung Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Lewotolo, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 72 km ESE of Amahai, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Somalia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northern Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - La Rioja, Spain

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western France

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern France

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Spain

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Uruguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - northern Qinghai, China

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme heat - Hong Kong

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Japan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nyiragongo, DR Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Bagana, Papua New Guinea

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Guinea

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    10 months ago WARNING

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

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    10 months ago WARNING

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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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