Airbus Imagery to Help Vanuatu in Wake of Cyclone

March 20, 2015  - By 0 Comments
Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, viewed by Pléiades satellites, before Cyclone Pam.

Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, viewed by Pléiades satellites, before Cyclone Pam.

Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, viewed by Pléiades satellites after the passage of Cyclone Pam.

Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu, viewed by Pléiades satellites after the passage of Cyclone Pam.

Following Cyclone Pam, Airbus Defence and Space has acquired Pléiades and SPOT 6 and 7 imagery over the island nation of Vanuatu to support the International Charter and Copernicus Emergency Management Service.

The data acquired will assist in assessing the damage and help rescue organizations in the delivery of humanitarian aid.

The before and after Pléiades images over Port Vila, that can be downloaded here, show the devastation caused by the cyclone. The “before” Pléiades image was acquired on April 9, 2014, and the “after” Pléiades image was acquired on March 16, three days after the Cyclone hit Port Vila.

Tracy Cozzens

About the Author:

Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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