The International Charter „Space and Major Disasters” is a group of 16 organizations, to which DLR belongs in his function as National Space Agency of Germany. The charter’s main objective is the prompt and free-of-charge provision of Earth Observation data to national civil protection authorities and relief organizations in the frame of natural disasters or technical accidents.
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From the 2nd to 4th of March 2016 forest fire exercises by Catalonian firefighters and wildfire experts take place near the city of Solsona, Catalonia. These exercises are utilized as pilot demonstration for the PHAROS system in close cooperation with regional decision makers, and further supported by the DLR project VABENE++ (http://www.dlr.de/vabene/en) and the ZKI.
Members of the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ met the 34th time on October 20-23, 2015. The Charter Board and Executive Secretariat meeting was hosted by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Sioux Falls (USA). DLR was represented by delegates of the Space Administration and the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD).
The German Aerospace Center (DLR) supported 16 activations of the International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ within the first six months of 2015. Contributions comprise imagery of satellite missions TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X or RapidEye, covering amongst others the enormous flooding in Malawi (January 2015) and the disastrous earthquake in Nepal (April 2015).
On April 25, 2015 a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit the Himalayan region. The epicentre was located between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara. The event and several aftershocks caused wide ranging destruction. Authorities estimate that more than 2000 people were killed and many more injured across Nepal and the neighbouring countries China, India and Bangladesh.