TAG: natural disasters

NASA program aids with disaster relief efforts

July 25, 2019By
Researchers at the NASA Disasters Program use satellite imagery to create maps to show where damage from a natural disaster has taken place. (Photo: Allison Barwacz)

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... read more

OGC hosts disaster preparedness workshop

June 11, 2018By

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is hosting the second Disasters Concept Development Study Workshop July 24-25 at the NOAA Auditorium in Silver Spring, Maryland. Organized by OGC, the workshop is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Geographic Data Committee, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other government agencies. The workshop is part of the OGC’s Disaster Concept... read more

Airbus Releases Satellite Imagery of Nepal Earthquake

April 28, 2015By

Following Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake on Saturday, Airbus Defence and Space has acquired Pléiades satellites imagery 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 Kathmandu (full image can be downloaded here) show... read more

President’s 2016 Budget Proposes $1.2 Billion for USGS

February 2, 2015By

The U.S. president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is $1.2 billion, an increase of nearly $150 million above the FY 2015 enacted level. According to a statement from the USGS, the FY16 budget “reflects the vital role the USGS plays in advancing the president’s ongoing commitment to scientific discovery and innovation to support a... read more

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CoreLogic Natural Hazard Risk Summary Covers 2014 Disasters

January 2, 2015By

CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, has released its annual Natural Hazard Risk Summary and Analysis detailing the most significant natural disasters of 2014 and providing projections for 2015. The report provides a look at the year’s hurricanes, floods, hailstorms, tornados, wildfires, sinkholes, earthquakes, tropical cyclones and typhoon events in the U.S. as well as an international snapshot... read more

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CoreLogic Releases Natural Catastrophe Platform and Risk Models

July 3, 2014By
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CoreLogic, a  global property information, analytics and data-enabled services provider, has released a new version of its EQECAT natural catastrophe modeling platform, which contains three new proprietary risk models that quantify and analyze the potential financial impact of catastrophic natural hazards in peak exposure regions across the globe. The expansion of natural catastrophe risk analysis includes modeling for earthquake and... read more

AT&T Ready For Hurricane Season as Part of Disaster Recovery Program

June 2, 2014By

AT&T’s Network Disaster Recovery (NDR) program, as the first private company certified by the Department of Homeland Security for private-company voluntary disaster preparedness, is committed to maintaining and restoring the AT&T global network when natural disasters strike, the company said. Despite predictions, no one is certain when the next tropical storm or hurricane will ravage the coastline. With $600 million... read more

Presenting Now — the Whole Earth!

May 29, 2014By

I’m stepping in just for this month as a self-invited guest columnist, giving a brief look at the trailblazing work of the International Centre for Earth Simulation. Look for both Eric Gakstatter and me at the ESRI User Conference in July, where Eric will also host a webinar on the hottest trends in mapping.  We hope to accommodate a live... read more