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

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    47 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of Chico, California - United States

    56 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Pinal County (Margo Fire), Arizona, United States

    56 minutes ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sinabung, Indonesia

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  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

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  • Wildfire - NW of Smolensk - Russia

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    4 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    5 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Soufrière St. Vincent, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - north of Ascension Island

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  • Volcano - Ebeko, Russia

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Aira, Japan

    7 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Louisiana, MO Region, United States

    9 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Central, United States

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - Halmahera, Indonesia

    10 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Port Arthur, TX Region, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.2 - southeast of the Loyalty Islands

    13 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - New South Wales, Australia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Switzerland

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Mexico

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Northern Mexico

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Avalanche - Southern Alaska, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Italy

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storms - Northeastern Italy

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Ponogoro, East Java, Indonesia

    15 hours ago INFORMATION

  • Floods - Paraguay

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bolivia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Raung, Indonesia

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Winter Storm - Alaska, United States

    15 hours ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.1 - 106 km N of Naze, Japan

    21 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Flood - Jefferson City, MO Region, United States

    21 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    1 day ago ADVISORY

  • Ebola - Guinea

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 days ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Pacaya, Guatemala

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Quilotoa, Ecuador

    3 days ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern Madagascar

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern Africa

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Micronesia

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    5 days ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Butembo, DRC

    1 month ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    8 months ago WARNING

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

    8 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    8 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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