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

  • Wildfire - SE of Monte Quemado, Santiago del Estero - Argentina

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - W of Tucurui, Par - Brazil

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Colinas, Maranho - Brazil

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

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  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 10 km WSW of Hafnarfjörður, Iceland

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  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Villarrica, Chile

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

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  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Alamagan region, Northern Mariana Islands

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  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 118 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

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  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

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  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 126 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

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  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

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  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 117 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

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  • Tropical Storm - Epsilon

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  • Wildfire - NW of Otavi, Otjozondjupa - Namibia

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Tete - Mozambique

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  • Tropical Storm - Saudel

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Boulder County (Calwood Fire), Colorado, United States

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  • Wildfire - SW of Sacramento, California - United States

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  • Wildfire - Yavapai County (Horse Fire), Arizona, United States

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  • Wildfires - Grand County (East Troublesome Fire), Colorado, United States

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  • Wildfire - Carbon County (Mullen Fire), Wyoming, United States

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  • Wildfire - NE of Arcata (Red Salmon Complex), California - United States

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  • Wildfire - E of Visalia (SQF Complex), California - United States

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  • Wildfire - E of Crescent City (Slater and Devil Fires), California - United States

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  • Wildfire - NE of Fresno (Creek Fire), California - United States

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  • Wildfire - SW of Anatuya, Santiago del Estero - Argentina

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Zamboanga del Notre and Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Basilan Province, Philippines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Tropical Depression - Twenty

    2 days ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - North Cotabato, Philippines

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Nigeria

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  • Extreme Heat - Antigua and Barbuda

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Paraguay

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  • Storms - Northern Argentina

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  • Floods - Togo

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern India

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  • Storms - Western Brazil

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  • Floods - Central Vietnam

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Thailand

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - West Java, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central Kalimantan, Indonesia

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  • Floods - Bangka Belitung, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Cambodia

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  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 48 km NNE of Pangai, Tonga

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Winter Storm - Upper Midwestern, United States

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  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

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  • Earthquake - 7.6 - 97 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

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  • Floods - Southern, United States

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  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 92 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 133 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

    3 days ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.8 - 115 km SSE of Sand Point, Alaska

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  • Landslide - Quang Tri Province, Vietnam

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Landslide - West Pokot, Kenya

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Floods - Telangana, India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Greece

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  • Floods - Scotland, United Kingdom

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  • Storms - Western Peru

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  • Floods - Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Slovakia

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  • Wildfire - Mendocino County (August Complex), California, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

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  • Earthquake - 5.7 - 92 km SE of Sand Point, Alaska

    3 days ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.6 - 191 km SW of Sungai Penuh, Indonesia

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 187 km SW of Sungai Penuh, Indonesia

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Pacaya, Guatemala

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Kadovar, Papua New Guinea

    4 days ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Kerinci, Indonesia

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    6 days ago ADVISORY

  • Chikungunya - Chad

    4 weeks ago WARNING

  • Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Madagascar

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Dominican Republic

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern United States

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

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  • Drought - Southern United States

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  • Drought - High Plains United States

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  • Drought - Southwestern United States

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  • Drought - Northwestern United States

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  • Drought - Micronesia

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    1 week ago WARNING

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

    2 months ago WARNING

  • Monkeypox - Democratic Republic of the Congo

    3 weeks 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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