Space Technology for Disaster Management (STDM)

Lead: Victor Hertel ([email protected])


Disasters occur when a hazard, either natural (such as an earthquake, landslide, or flood) or anthropogenic (such as a nuclear meltdown), has a notable impact on a community. Disaster management in particular encompasses all aspects of the management and organization of resources and responsibilities prior to, during, and following a disaster event. Space technologies, such as Remote Sensing (RS) and GNSS, sometimes in conjunction with AI, can assist in disaster preparedness and warning, as well as response and post-disaster monitoring. These remote technologies are vital especially post-disaster as they can provide actionable information which can be relayed to disaster management organizations over areas which may not be easily accessible via land. They also provide an overview of the entire affected region, so afford organizations with the ability to determine where help is most urgently required.