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Mapping our way out of disaster

10 November 2017

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When natural or human-induced disasters strike, emergency services have to race against the clock to bring timely support to populations in trouble. First off the blocks are crisis-mappers - like those at the SERTIT- whose vital role is to track a catastrophe's impact so that aid can follow.

Earthquakes, volcanoes, wildfires, floods and tsunamis… Just some of the Earth's reminders that humans, for all their advances, still fall prey to natural phenomena—not to mention the devastation that manmade disasters and humanitarian crises also wreak. In order to channel resources quickly and effectively, accurate information is needed on what damage has occurred and where. A challenge that drives the SERTIT rapid-mapping platform to produce increasingly high-resolution maps from remotely-sensed data, at increasingly faster speeds.


Image credit: CNES/EADS Astrium/Master Image Films/REGY Michel, 2012 - The Pléiades satellite system provide very high-resolution space images. They were launched by the French government's space agency CNES.

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