Thursday, April 10, 2014

Satellites and Sensors Deployed to Save Pompeii

In what may end up being the ultimate example of the emergency management cycle in action, Italian aerospace and defense company Finmeccanica is donating $2.3 million of satellite and sensor capabilities to help save the Roman ruins at Pompeii. Through an agreement with the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (MiBACT), the company will donate its services as part of a group that will be developing collaborative answers for saving the UNESCO World Heritage site. According to the corporate news release, efforts will initially focus on three areas:

  • Risks of hydrogeological instability,
  • Operational management of the site, and
  • Constructions and structure diagnoses.

More below:

(CTV News, April 5, 2014)

(Finmeccanica News Release, April 3, 2014)

Comment: Very cool - satellites and sensors will be used to hold off a disaster for a town that experienced a different disaster nearly 2,000 years ago! Learn more about the need for this type of effort by clicking here.

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