International Charter on 'Space & Major Diasters' completes 5 years

The International Charter on ‘Space and Major Disasters’, a
cooperation initiative created between the European Space Agency (ESA),
the National Centre on Space Studies of France (CNES) and the Canadian
Space Agency (CSA) has completed five years.
To mark the completion of five years,
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be conducting a Special
Session with ISRO Chairman Dr G Madhavan Nair presiding over. ISRO
Secretary DOS Mr Jean-Luc Bessis of CNES deliver Keynote address on
‘Disaster Management. Charter functionaries from CNES, CONAE, CSA, ESA,
ISRO, JAXA, NOAA and USGS will be participating in the two-day
proceedings. Representatives from UN and DMC will also participate.
The participants will deliberate on the impact of the Charter, its
performance, capabilities of Remote Sensing for disaster Management,
the response to recent disasters etc.
The Charter Executive Secretariat and Board will hold its meeting on October Six and Seven.
The Charter has been providing access to
value added earth observation satellite data from all parties to
countries whose populations are exposed to risk or have been affected
by a natural or technological disaster. Since November 2000, the
Charter has been activated more than 80 times to assist in emergencies
such as floods, fires, landslides, typhoons, violence eruptions, oil
spills, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and civil accidents which
have occurred all around the globe.
With a low response time of 38-48 hours and by facilitating high
reliability data, the Charter has proved the effectiveness of space
information for emergency management.
During December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami
disaster in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Thailand no less than 200
sensor images received from satellites owned or operated by the Charter
members were distributed. The Charter also provided space information
in the Hurricane Katrina during which levees were breached and flood
waters submerged the City of New Orleans on August 29-2005.
Author: EARSC

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