DLR-ZKI successful activities within the GMES Emergency Response Service
SAFER, an European Commission FP7 research programme, started in January 2009 with the aim to provide a pre-operational GMES Emergency Response service and to prepare the field for a fully operational EO based segment to support disaster management.
SAFER has developed user-friendly space-based geo-information product portfolio (lead DLR). The service has covered more than one hundred real emergency situations since the beginning of the project. A wide-set of consolidated thematic products covering both the Civil Protection and the Humanitarian Aid domains has been delivered during the whole crisis management cycle, while new thematic domains have been addressed and innovative solutions developed.
The crisis cycle and SAFER product types
The above mentioned products are made available in two different time modes of delivery: Rush mode and normal mode. Emergency Response products are delivered in a rush mode (delivery within 8 hours after EO data reception). In Emergency Response cases, the satellite data reception takes usually about 24 hours up to 5 days. All other products of the preparedness / prevention and recovery categories are produced as Emergency Support Mapping within two to nine weeks after EO data reception. However, in Emergency Support, satellite data reception may take up to 2.5 months
The project and especially DLR-ZKI not only succeeded in providing already fully operational rapid mapping, but also ensured that research and development results were evolved, gathered and pushed into operations. This was done in very close cooperation with project partners and particularly with the users to set up an Emergency Response service that perfectly reflects the user needs.
DLR-ZKI provided products within the GMES Emergency Response service for more than 60 Emergency Mapping and 10 Emergency Support activations. We covered several disaster types and delivered more than 300 products.