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GEO 2017-2019 Work Programmme

 

Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Management

Activity ID: 87

Overview

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 includes two articles with explicit references to satellite Earth observation and several articles that refer to topics for which satellite observations are needed (e.g., geospatial information or risk maps). This activity aims at improving disaster risk management and reduction by providing timely risk information relevant to the full cycle of disaster management (mitigation, preparedness, warning, response and recovery) and will be used directly by the end user community including the decision makers that have to take appropriate resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures.  Through this activity, the delivery of risk information will be improved through the consolidation of the delivery process for the data (from EO providers) and information (from practitioners), for four Pilots – Floods, Seismic Hazards, Volcanoes, and Landslides.  These Pilots, which were successfully started under the GEO 2012-2015 Work Plan and will continue through 2017, have produced several risk products and been used in the scope of the Geohazards Supersites Natural Laboratories (GSNL).  This activity will further implement the current strategies to better contribute to all phases of DRM in response to the needs of the user community while also exploring the possibility of partnership with other DRM stakeholders, enlarging the concept of the Pilots (single and multi-hazard, limited geographical areas, etc.) and also considering other potential Pilots.

Activities for the period

  • Improve disaster risk management and reduction by providing timely remotely sensed and in situ information relevant to the full cycle of disaster management (mitigation, preparedness, warning, response, and recovery);
  • Work in parallel with International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, Sentinel Asia, Copernicus Emergency Management Services, and SERVIR;
  • Implement the current strategy from the CEOS Agencies to better contribute to all phases of disaster risk management (DRM), in response to the needs of the user community;
  • Promote timely and reliable access to in situ data required in emergency events;
  • Coordinate efforts towards a more timely dissemination of information from globally coordinated systems for monitoring, predicting, risk assessment, early warning, mitigating, and responding to hazards at local, national, regional, and global levels;
  • Demonstrate the validity of regional end-to-end systems through multi-actions single hazard pilot demonstrators with an initial focus on Floods, Seismic Hazards, Volcanoes and Landslides with direct involvement of the user community;  explore the possibility of enlarging the concept of the Pilots (single and multi-hazard, unlimited geographical areas, etc.) and assess feasibility of developing other Pilots;
  • Demonstrate the validity of multi-hazard Pilots such as the Recovery Observatory (multi-year activity which aims to analyze recovery of severely damaged areas after the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters data provision period ends;
  • Improve the quality of risk information generated by the Pilots by combining space data with relevant in situ data;
  • Following the publication on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030[1], CEOS has proposed a new initiative GEO-DARMA end 2015. After the approval of the GEO 2016 Work Plan by the 2015 GEO Plenary and the positive review of the GEO-DARMA proposal by the GEO Programme Board in 2016, the European Space Agency  as current GEO-DARMA Lead (on behalf of CEOS) has further consolidated the GEO–DARMA implementation plan and set up a contract to get an initial two-year support from Industry to kick-off GEO-DARMA in the last quarter of 2016 and to foster the execution of the related activities.

Future Plans

Continuation of current activities.

Resources

In-kind contributions.

Leadership

Contributors

Members: Canada, China, Germany, EC (JRC), France, Italy, Japan, USA.

Participating Organizations: CEOS, ESA, IEEE, UNEP, UNITAR, UNOOSA.

Linkages across Work Programme:

Initiatives: GEO-DARMA, GSNL.

Leadership & Contributors (this list is being populated)

Role

Name

Member/PO

Implementing Entity

Email

Lead

Ivan Petiteville

CEOS

ESA

ivan.petiteville@esa.int

Lead

Kerry Sawyer

CEOS

NOAA

kerry.sawyer@noaa.gov

 

 

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