Space agencies already organize the emergency response after disasters (International Charter), but have little or no coordination for the post-crisis part of the disaster management cycle.
The Recovery Observatory is a CEOS initiative, led by Working Group Disasters, in order to handle this post-crisis phase. This initiative is based on Lessons Learned by CNES from Kal-Haiti project (precursor of a Recovery Observatory) after 2010’s earthquake in Haiti.
The Recovery Observatory aims at demonstrating the value of using satellite Earth Observations to support Recovery from a major disaster:
- Assessment of damages on built and natural areas (detailed from response work)
- Change monitoring
- Reconstruction planning
- Reconstruction monitoring
In support to the Working Group Disasters, WGISS have developed a tool allowing supporting the Recovery Observatory’s activities.
The services provided by the Recovery Observatory are the following:
- A collaborative Web-based workspace, including
- A public Web portal
- User groups and communities collaborative tools (comments, posts, follow…)
- User upload of reports, publications, added-value products, in Situ data …
- A map display of full resolution geo-referenced images :
- optical imagery (all types)
- radar imagery (X, C, L-bands)
- airborne data
- License management
- And products search capability with
- multi-criteria search (including geographic and temporal)
- map-based search
Communication and Coordination
Please feel free to contact this Interest Group for more information:
Richard Moreno – French Space Agency (CNES)