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Flood in Somalia
May 31, 2023
After heavy rainfalls between March and May 2023, Somalia was hit by widespread floods. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than 460,000 people have been affected within the last two months by this disaster.
iFOODis kick-off event in Kiel from 8th to 9th of May 2023
May 17, 2023
From 8th to 9th of May 2023, around 30 participants from different research institutes, public authorities, companies and universities took part in the kick-off event for the iFOODis project funded by the Helmholtz Institute. This is funded as part of the Helmholtz Sustainability Challenge with a duration of five years.
The Police Air Service Congress – Upon Invitation, ZKI reports on the Ahr Valley Survey
May 10, 2023
On 26 April 2023, the Police Air Service Congress took place in Freckenhorst near Warendorf. One focus of the congress was the topic of aerial disaster relief, to which the ZKI was invited to report and discuss.
AI combines data from earth observation and social media for rapid disaster relief
April 30, 2023
Fortunately, it was only an exercise: A storm depression floods parts of Salzburg and surrounding areas, buildings collapse, trains derail, people are in distress. About 800 participants faced the disaster scenario in Austria, including employees from the Center for Satellite based Crisis Information (ZKI). They have developed methods for recording and evaluating the situation so that important information can be made available to crisis management teams faster and more comprehensively than usual.
DRK workshop in Berlin
March 03, 2023
The German Red Cross (GRC), in cooperation with the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology gGmbH (HeiGIT) and DLR/ZKI, organised a two-day workshop from 27-28 February 2023 in Berlin. Colleagues from the Institute for Data Science at DLR in Jena also joint the meeting. During the workshop, the possibilities of Earth Observation, web data analysis and geoinformation to support GRC tasks were presented and intensively discussed with various representatives of the GRC.
Floods in Mozambique: ZKI supports with information on flood duration
February 23, 2023
Since October 2022, the cyclonic season impacted thousands of people across Mozambique. After storms and heavy rain, coastal areas of southern Mozambique were hit by severe floods, especially the province Maputo. Roads have been cut and houses damaged. Cyclone Freddy could exacerbate this situation.
Earthquake in Turkey and Syria
February 8, 2023
On February 6, 2023, an earthquake with a magnitude 7.8 occurred in the Gaziantep region of southeastern Turkey, followed by numerous aftershocks up to magnitude 7.5. Many regions and cities have been affected, especially in the Turkish-Syrian border area. The total number of people affected or injured is still unknown, as the situation remains unclear as cleanup efforts are ongoing. The DLR-ZKI provides a web viewer, where first aid responders, humanitarian actors and governmental agencies for public safety can receive high resolution satellite imagery and their analyses.
DLR supports emergency responders in Turkey
February 8, 2023
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) is supporting rescue teams in areas affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey. Researchers at the DLR Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) are analysing satellite images and processing them into digital maps. This situational information is also passed on to teams on the ground. As part of the DLR Earth Observation Center, the ZKI specialises in the analysis of satellite data for crisis relief. The ZKI works closely with authorities and non-governmental organisations within Germany and internationally.
DLR researchers launch GEOCON project to support humanitarian aid in Ukraine and other conflict regions
February 06, 2023
During conflicts and crisis, the current situation is often complex and difficult to assess. Although emergency workers and decision-makers in humanitarian aid organizations often have access to extensive information, this usually comes from different sources, is often unverified and must first be combined into meaningful information products. Neither time nor capacities are available for this in an emergency. The aim of the GEOCON project "Satellite based geoinformation in urban conflict regions for supporting humanitarian activities" is to collect various remote sensing, geospatial and web data and to merge them in such a way that meaningful information products are created for humanitarian actors on the ground.
Visitors of GRC and HeiGIT at ZKI
January 27, 2023
On January 24, visitors from the German Red Cross (GRC) from the Information Management and GIS departments came to the ZKI again. Representatives from the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) also joined. Demands of the GRC and current research work were presented as well as possibilities for future cooperation were discussed. This resulted in various ideas for a future cooperation, especially in the area of crisis information and communication towards decision-makers.
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