DFD coordinates the 2nd European Emergency Exercise GNEX’07
The European Commission-funded Network of Excellence (NoE) on Global Monitoring for Stability and Security – GMOSS – was undertaking a one-week near-real-time exercise on applying satellite imagery for supporting international crisis response mechanisms in Europe.
The GNEX'07 exercise was the second near-real-time exercise within GMOSS and had the following objectives:
- to strengthen integration among the partners and associated organizations
- to demonstrate the state-of-the-art of technology covered by the GMOSS NoE organizations
- to demonstrate the added value of EO based information in civilian crisis response using GMOSS methods
- to involve users and decision makers in the exercise
The Centre for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) of DFD, together with the "Centre National d'Études Spatiales" (CNES) and the University of Linköping (LiU) developed a fictitious crisis scenario in close cooperation with users of the European Commission (DG RELEX , DG Environment/MIC and DG Enterprise).
In this fictitious scenario, a refugee camp in the country 'Albenon' has been severely damaged in the course of an armed conflict, and refugees escaped to a neighbouring camp. When the refugees returned, they were confronted with destroyed housing and sanitation facilities, including broken water and sewage networks. This has lead to first cases of watery diarrhoea and cholera. On top of this, a severe influenza epidemic is affecting the camp and starts spreading into the country.
In this exercise, the government of 'Albenon' has asked the European Commission for relief support and the Commission tasked the GMOSS team to provide satellite based crisis information to support the decision-making in the following areas:
- Disease control (quarantine/treatment/sanitation) with deployment of mobile field hospitals and water sanitation units for microbiological analysis capacity
- Evacuation of European Citizens
- Recovery and reconstruction of the camp
GNEX'07 – Setup and Schedule
The GNEX'07 exercise started on Monday, October 15, 2007, with the release of the scenario to the participants and with the provision of adequate satellite data. About 18 European research institutes and at least 60 scientists were working to produce the requested information. Starting on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007, the results of the different teams were integrated into reports, dossiers and maps, which were presented during a user briefing to representatives of the European Commission on Thursday, October 18, 2007. The morning of October 19 was used for a first network-internal debriefing at the GNEX'07 meeting location in Brussels.