Group on Space Technologies For
Disaster Management (STDM)
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Space technologies are becoming increasingly vital to modern day disaster management activities. Earth observation (EO) satellites provide images at various wavelengths that assist rapid-mapping in all phases of the disaster management cycle: mitigation of potential risks in a given area, preparedness for eventual disasters, immediate response to a disaster event, and the recovery/reconstruction efforts following it. Global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) assist all the phases by providing precise location and navigation data, helping manage land and infrastructures, and aiding rescue crews coordinate their search efforts. Finally, communications via satellites (SATCOM) allow the transfer of data (voice, images/maps, video) when usual communications infrastructures are disabled by the disaster event. The emergency communications carried out using semi-mobile terminals and handheld satellite phones are particularly useful during immediate response activities, including damage assessment, search and rescue efforts, news reporting, aid coordination, and telemedicine activities. Read more about our project at About STDM.
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of the Group on Space Technologies for Disaster Management (STDM) is to address this gap and promote awareness of how space technologies contribute throughout the disaster management cycle.Despite the importance of space technologies in disaster management, and the involvement of several national and international organizations in facilitating the use of space for disaster management, it is still a relatively unknown field. Members of academia, industry, governments, and the general public can benefit from addressing this gap, and increasing knowledge of how space is used in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster events.
The main objectives of the STDM group are, to inform general public about how space-derived information are valuable in disaster management,to provide channel for new perspectives for research efforts used in space disaster management and an interdisciplinary forum to those who have an interest in disaster management and space activities, and their impact on society. Check out our introduction presentation!
Conferences Attended in 2013
- UN-Spider Technical Advisory Mission (TAM), Ghana
- Space Science and Technology Congress (Cicyta), Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
- IAC, Beijing
- Space Generation Congress, Beijing
- SpaceUp, Paris
- UN-SPIDER Bonn, Germany
- SGFF (Fusion Forum), Colorado Springs, USA
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|Online Resources||Related Links|
|About STDM||UN SPIDER Knowledge Portal|
|Get Involved||UNOOSA SPIDER|
|Multimedia||International Charter Space and Major Disasters|
|STDM Library||Crisis Mappers Net|