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International Charter to support emergency services

New partners support the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”

DigitalGlobe and GeoEye have joined forces with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in support of the global team of space and satellite agencies that constitute the International Charter “Space and Major Disasters”. The International Charter works to provide emergency response satellite data free of charge to those affected by disasters anywhere in the world. It currently includes as its members the British National Space Center/Disaster Monitoring Constellation, the French Space Agency Centre National d‘Etudes Spatiales, the Argentine Space Agency Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, the Canadian Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the Indian Space Research Organization, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the USGS.
Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and, in so doing, is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters worldwide. These resources include imagery collected by a variety of civilian and commercial satellites. Many of these satellites capture images at relatively low resolutions. With the new partnership, Earth-imaging satellites that acquire very high-resolution images will be available for precise analysis of a disaster‘s impact, such as assessing damage to buildings and infrastructure following an earthquake.
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(Source GMES Info)