November 11, 2013 23:50 UTC – last update on November 18, 2013 15:45 UTC
The typhoon “Haiyan” is one of the most powerful storms ever recognized, and has caused devastating demolition in the Philippines. Officials estimate more than 3,000 people have died. Hundreds of thousands of people are displaced. The Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) tasked the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) with the creation of satellite image based situation information.
During the last four months the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ was triggered nine times: In April for China (earthquake), in May for Bangladesh (cyclone) and Chile/Argentina (volcano eruption), in June for Germany, India and Argentina (flooding each), and in July for Canada (technical accident), China (earthquake) and Thailand (flooding).
As the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in collaboration with the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) demonstrated in Stuttgart, Germany, remote sensing can significantly contribute to situation awareness in the context of civil defense.
June 3, 2013 12:45 UTC – last update on June 19, 2013 09:50 UTC
The German Joint Information and Situation Centre (GMLZ) tasked the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) with the creation of satellite and arial image-based situation information covering the regions most affected by the current floods in Thuringia, Saxony, Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg.