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.
During an evaluation event of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres in Köln Porz, between 22 and 24 April 2013, the German Aerospace Center is conducting a flight campaign within the VABENE project. Here, high resolution aerial imagery are acquired in real-time mode using the 3K+ aerial camera system.
A training course titled "Activation of the ZKI-DE Service: Benefits, Process flow, Applications", which was designed for the users of the framework contract between BMI and DLR, was held between February 28th to 1st March at the facilities of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen.
To date the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ was activated five times in 2013: In January for the Palestinian territories, Mozambique and Indonesia, in February for the Seychelles and Madagascar. Without exception these were flood events, often caused by massive storm systems passing by (e.g. hurricanes or cyclones).
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has moved its headquarters from Brussels to Prague. This provided an occasion for Petr Nečas, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, to also visit DLR's Earth Observation Center (EOC) in Oberpfaffenhofen an to get informed about the work of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) on 21 February 2013.
On February 19, 2013 Federal President Joachim Gauck visited the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen on the occasion of his official inaugural visit in Bavaria. He was accompanied by the Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer and the Bavarian Minister of Ecomonic Affairs, Martin Zeil.
At the beginning of the new year the Kick-Off Meeting of the two Copernicus (former GMES) FP 7 projects G-NEXT and G-SEXTANT took place in Brussels. The Copernicus Security Services (previously known as GMES Security Services) are developed since 2004 in a series of research projects aiming at the provision of operational information services.
From the research stage to full operation – The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) is now on call around the clock. This service facility established in 2004 provides up-to-the minute satellite-based maps for activities related to natural and environmental disasters, humanitarian aid, and civil security worldwide. On 22 January 2013 the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) officially launched regular ZKI operations.
January 8, 2013 10:51 UTC – last update on January 11, 2013 09:25 UTC
Ongoing violence in Syria has led thousands of people to leave their country and to flee to neighbouring Jordan. More than 40,000 people have found accomodation in Al Zaatari refugee camp and even more people are expected to arrive. In addition to this tense situation heavy rainfalls have caused severe damages during the last days.
The German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) established a framework contract which enables national authorities and other authorized users to order products of the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI), beginning from January 2013.