International Charter 'Space and Major Disasters'
The International Charter (https://www.disasterscharter.org) is a consortium of space agencies and satellite data providers aiming at providing a unified system of rapid space data acquisition and delivery in case of natural or man-made disasters. Each member agency of the Charter has committed resources to support some specified authorised users such as relief organisations as well as civil protection and defence organisations with free of charge satellite data in order to help mitigating the effects of disasters on human life and property. The Charter data will be used by the Authorized Users directly or will be analysed by associated Value Adders, like the ZKI. The results are provided to the Authorized Users, requesting authorities and also to the public.
The „International Charter Space and Major Disasters“ was initiated by the European Space Agency ESA and the French Space Agency CNES in 1999. In 2000 also the Canadian Space Agency joined the Charter. Since then, the consortium grew up to 16 partners distributed all over the globe, providing data of approx. 30 satellite missions. Some of the missions within the Charter are: SPOT 6/7, Pléiades, Landsat-7/8, RADARSAT 2, ALOS-2, RISAT-1, KOMPSAT-2/3 or the DMC-constellation. DLR cooperates with the Charter by providing management resources and satellite images acquired by TerraSAR-X/TanDEM-X. Additionally, DLR provides satellite images from the RapidEye mission.
The tasks of DLR ZKI are grouped into two categories:
1) The provision of the technical contribution (operations) to the Charter. This task comprises the satellite tasking and data delivery of TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X data and the ordering and delivery of RapidEye data, the Project Management for selected Charter activations and the Emergency On-Call Officer duties. This task is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology.
2) Value adding based on Charter data. The analysis of the data is outside the scope of the Charter. These activities are realized through other mechanisms (e.g. COPERNICUS) or organizations closely linked to the Charter. If DLR/ZKI is performing the value adding, all products are provided through the ZKI website.
Additional information about the “International Charter Space and Major Disasters” can be found on the Charter homepage.
Dr. Sandro Martinis
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD)
Tel.: +49 8153 28-3034
Fax: +49 8153 28-1445