After a natural disaster or major industrial accident, Earth observation may make important contributions to emergency relief in the form of reconnaissance data and up-to-date geographical information on the situation in the disaster area. The immediate availability of images of the areas affected simplifies the task of relief workers and coordinators and provides support in the subsequent analysis of the damage.
As a member of the International Space and Major Disasters Charter, DLR contributes its own satellite data and expertise so that satellite-based assistance may be provided worldwide after large-scale disasters. Moreover, Earth observation may also help in the field of risk reduction by, for example, identifying risk areas, and predicting situations like droughts, floods, or landslides.Moreover, satellite-based analyses help to improve our understanding of tectonic and volcanic processes and the related risks to human lives and the environment.
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