Thursday, November 15, 2012

Employing European Satellites for Crisis Management


A growing number of regions in Europe are getting involved in efforts to promote and maximize use of the satellites owned by the European Space Agency (ESA). Known as the Network of European Regions Using Space Technology (NEREUS), they recently published a collection of articles highlighting how their Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program "is being used in new applications and services across Europe." Stories concerning the use of satellite technologies in support of the Emergency Services Sector (ESS) are a substantial part of the 150-page document. For more, see the links below:

GMES for Europe (ESA news release, October 12, 2012)

The Growing Use of GMES Across Europe's Regions (NEREUS-ESA, October 12, 2012, pages 128-145 are the ESS related examples)


Comment: Pretty interesting comparative example - U.S. versus Europe. Because of standardization of disaster services in the United States under the umbrella of FEMA, the level of engagement and imagination when it comes to the use of satellite technologies at a regional or state level has been limited by a top down structure. Europe on the other hand, appears to be developing adaptive and inventive use of the technology as a result of efforts to harmonize various bottom-up user demands. Perhaps a lesson learned for the U.S.?

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