On Tuesday, November 22, 2016, wildfires started in Israel and spread rapidly over the country on the following days. On November 25 at 11:25 UTC, DLR’s TET-1 satellite captured major hot spots in the region. TET-1 is one of the two satellites of the FireBIRD mission.
On October 05, 2016, the International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters' was activated for floods and landslides in the Dominican Republic caused by Hurricane Matthew. The DLR/ZKI is responsible for the Project Management of this Charter Call and supports the ‘National Emergency Commission’ of the Dominican Republic with the provision of satellite data and value added disaster information products.
On the night from August 7 to August 8 an emergency has been declared in the Porto region of Portugal, where wildfires spread. Over several days fires burned before it was possible to get them under control.
The International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’ was activated on 1st of August 2016 in response to flooding in Bangladesh. This marks the 500th activation of the Charter since its initiation in 1999. DLR supports this activation with the free-of-charge provision of TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X data.
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.
March 1, 2016 15:20 UTC – last update on March 4, 2016 14:10 UTC
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.