New NASA program will aid disaster relief efforts

NASA Earth Science Disasters Program has announced to harness satellite imageries with mapping to help communities and governments recover from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and more.

New NASA program will aid disaster relief efforts
New NASA program will aid disaster relief efforts

New NASA program will aid disaster relief efforts

 

Washington: Satellite imagery and mapping have proven to be critical technologies when it comes to disaster relief efforts. The NASA Earth Science Disasters Program has harnessed these technologies to help communities and governments recover from natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and more.

“[The goal of the program is to] try to prevent natural disasters or limit their impact and also help people recover from them more quickly,” Jeremy Kirkendall, senior GIS administrator for the NASA Disasters Program, told GPS World in an exclusive interview at the 2019 Esri User Conference in San Diego. “We provide the products free to anyone to use, and data is only available if there is a good satellite pass.”

When a natural disaster strikes, researchers at the NASA Disasters Program will take satellite imagery of the affected location and create a map to show what the area looks like from an aerial perspective. Authorities who request this information can then compare the disaster map with maps of what the area looked like before the disaster took place.

“We do take requests from agencies or governments for disasters if they need help if data is available,” Kirkendall said. “We’ll create the products that show where the earthquake damage happened, where the fire burned or where the flooding is, and then users take that — combined with their local information — to determine what needs to be checked.”