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

  • Highsurf - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    49 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Watch (Hawaiian Islands)

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 6.4 - 29 km WSW of Pocito, Argentina

    16 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 hour ago WATCH

  • Wildfire - SW of Dembi Dolo, Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    2 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Fresno, California - United States

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southwestern, United States

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of Kissidougou, Faranah - Guinea

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Diapaga, Tapoa - Burkina Faso

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SE of Rumbek, Lakes - South Sudan

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - S of Ndele, Bamingui-Bangoran - Central African Republic

    5 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Myrtle Beach--Socastee, SC--NC Region, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Highwind - Advisory (Hawaiian Islands)

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Highsurf - Warning (Hawaiian Islands)

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Klyuchevskoy, Russia

    8 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - 24 km WSW of Pocito, Argentina

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Eloise

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.0 - 27 km SSW of Nueve de Julio, Argentina

    16 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - 140 km NNW of Dili, Timor Leste

    14 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tsunami (Hawaiian Islands) - San Juan Argentina - 6.6

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tsunami (AK/BC/US West Coast) - in Mendoza Province, Argentina - 6.6

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tsunami (Pacific Ocean) - San Juan Argentina - 6.6

    17 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Tropical Cyclone - Joshua

    18 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Flood - Lufkin, TX Region, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Port Arthur, TX Region, United States

    18 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Kinston, NC Region, United States

    19 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.3 - south of the Kermadec Islands

    22 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Tropical Cyclone - Kimi

    23 hours ago WATCH

  • Floods - South Kalimantan, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 50 km NE of Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Riverside County (Bonita Fire), California, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Pakistan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - England, United Kingdom

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Central Switzerland

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Southern Italy

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northern Greece

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northeastern France

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Mexico

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - British Columbia, Canada

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Yukon, Canada

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Paraguay

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brazil

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Spain

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Floods - Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Randall County (East Fire Fire), Texas, United States

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Southern Quebec, Canada

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Austria

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southwestern Greece

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northwestern India

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northern Japan

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Tome (Cerro Estanque Fire), Chile

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southwestern Peru

    3 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Madagascar

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - South Africa

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Kenya

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Central Asia

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - La Soufriere, St Vincent and the Grenadines

    1 week ago WARNING

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

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    5 months ago WARNING

  • Floods - Madeira, Portugal

    3 weeks ago WARNING

  • Chikungunya - Chad

    3 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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