Space Technology for Disaster Management Project Group 2018-02-01T05:02:34+00:00
Space Technology for Disaster Management Project Group

Project Sponsors and Team

Project Sponsors

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Project Leaders

Meshack Kinyua (Kenya)

Sinead OSullivan (UK)

Project Team

Natassa Antoniou (Greece)

Noemie Bernede (France)

Dragos Bratasanu (Romania)

Tamara Cottam (USA)

Sara Langston (USA)

Katrina Laygo (USA)

Tanay Sharma (India)

Enrique Urquijo (Spain)

Project Overview

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.

Project Leads

Meshack Kinyua (Kenya), is a graduate in space science from the University of Nairobi Kenya and is passionate about implementing space science and technology in disaster management for sustainable development. He has done additional courses in Disaster Management, Emission Trading Schemes and Safe Resilient Cities from the World Bank Institute. He is secretary to the African Leadership Congress on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development-Youth Forum (ALC-YF); a subsidiary of the ALC that offers advisory support to the African Union Commission on matters of Space Science. Currently, Meshack is working on Disaster Management projects at the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) under the SERVIR Africa project that is funded by NASA and USAID. He is also keen to undertake a masters course in small satellite technology for societal benefit; and advance space science in developing countries especially Africa.

Sinead OSullivan (UK), is an Aerospace Engineer working as a Research Assistant at the Georgia Institute of Technology, creating autonomous marine robotics. In addition to this, she is working with the FAA to create policy surrounding Unmanned Air Systems. Her background includes a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Queen’s University of Belfast, UK, as well as a certificate of Space Studies from the International Space University, France.

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!

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Online ResourcesRelated Links
 About STDMUN SPIDER Knowledge Portal
 MultimediaInternational Charter Space and Major Disasters
 STDM LibraryCrisis Mappers Net
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