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One step closer to full-scale operational deployment

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  1. 1. SAFER and GMES Emergency Response Core Service: One step closer to full-scale operational deployment Spot Image International conference – Toulouse June 2009 David HELLO, SAFER project coordinator - Infoterra France
  2. 2. Climate change and natural hazards: new knowledge, new uncertainties, new risks An increased emergency response capacity is needed to cope with the effects of global change on natural disasters and humanitarian crises: Increased mortality Increasing drought from heat waves Hundreds of millions Increased damages of people exposed from coastal floods to water stress and storms Source : IPCC report 2007 Changed distribution Food security issues of disease vectors SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  3. 3. The global dimension of crises and disasters 2008 will probably go down in history as a year with one of the highest numbers of victims of natural catastrophes. The earthquake in the Chinese province of Sichuan, the cyclone in Myanmar, and other natural catastrophes between January and June claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people. The largest number of events ever recorded in one year was 960 – and that was in 2007. SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  4. 4. Emergency response: a top priority in Europe Example: the forest fires SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  5. 5. SAFER project rationale The SAFER project objective is to implement and to validate a pre- operational version of the GMES Emergency Response Core Service (ERCS), reinforcing the European capacity to respond to such challenges. As a first priority, SAFER will validate an information service focusing on rapid mapping during the response phase and then enrich this service with a wider set of thematic products. In the long term, ERCS will provide an operational capacity in Europe and worldwide, with benefits in terms of better quality of life, better health, and increased safety. SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  6. 6. SAFER road map, heritage and schedule 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 European Space Agency projects (GMES services element) Floods and fires RISK-EOS Landslides TERRAFIRMA Humanitarian aid RESPOND European Commission (6th and 7th Framework Programmes Atmospheric, geophysical and man- PREVIEW made disasters Service sustainability BOSS4GMES Preparatory action Linker Preoperational validation SAFER Operational Operational budgets budgets ? And… the International Charter « Space and Major Disasters » SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  7. 7. SAFER : key figures Services and Applications For Emergency Response EC/FP7 project – GMES program 3 years project Budget: 40 M€. EC Grant: 27 M€ 54 partners from 16 countries: 29 private organisations (18 SME) 25 public organisations Coordinated by Infoterra France Service management board: Infoterra, DLR, Telespazio Contract signature in December 2008 - Kick-off in January 2009 SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  8. 8. SAFER ambitions and expected results A user-driven operational service: SLA (service level agreements) and quality assurance Operational validation by the users Rapid mapping with priority on quick information delivery: Assessment maps available in less than 24 hours Reference maps (prepared in advance) and available in less than 6 hours Anticipation of new acquisitions, based on events monitoring More complete information: Progressive enrichment with thematic products and services Prevention and post-crisis phases An end-to-end service: Single point of contact available 24/7 and service gateway Geo-information available on the field SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  9. 9. Four main types of products for Civil Protection units and Humanitarian Aid organisations Early warning and preparedness information Reference maps (6 hours) For headquarters, decision-makers and in-field operatives In Europe and worldwide Assessment maps (24 hours) Thematic maps SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  10. 10. SAFER users In Europe and outside Europe Civil protections (national level + MIC) International organisations (UN) and humanitarian aid actors (Red Cross, NGOs, etc.) In-field operatives and decision-makers (European DG, national authorities, local and regional authorities, etc.) Specialized service provision for downstream applications (insurance, regional planning, risk assessment, etc.) SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  11. 11. SAFER – Operational model SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  12. 12. French Civil Protection exercise – April 2009 Flyby the exercise area Assessment map (SPOT 5 - 2.5M image) SAFER triggered by French Civil Protection DDSC Both table-top and in-field exercise Lourdes area Earthquake / landslides / flood SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  13. 13. Afghanistan earthquake – April 2009 Reference map showing the epicenters Derived from ExpressMaps concept SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  14. 14. Floods in Brazil – April/May 2009 Flood extent map of the Rio Parnaíba (1:250.000) SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  15. 15. Floods in Bangladesh – May 2009 Reference space map (SPOT 5 – 10m) SAFER triggered through International Charter Space & Major disasters (Call #256) on request of UN World Food Program / WFP SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  16. 16. Conclusion and challenges SAFER: Final step to qualify the operational Emergency Response Core Service Key challenges at project level: Good integration between scientific teams, service providers and users (Civil Protection units and Humanitarian Aid actors) Validation of operational performance / research activities Users engagement and increased users awareness. Longer term issues: Agreement on organisation and governance (incl. allocation of responsibilities between Member States and European level) Budgets for operations. Space component: long term continuity of high resolution missions SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009
  17. 17. Thank you for your attention! David HELLO SAFER coordinator +33 5 62 19 63 48 david.hello@infoterra.fr www.emergencyresponse.eu SAFER - SPOT Image International Conference - June 2009

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