From humble beginnings in the late 1990s, the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, or "International Charter"(IC) for short, has continued to evolve as the recognized way for countries to share their respective national satellite capabilities with other countries in need of imagery after a disaster. As documented on the Charter's website, this sharing has now become routine and ongoing, regardless if a country has overhead assets or not. Find below an article that describes U.S. participation and a link to the IC website:
(USGS News Release, July 24, 2014)
Comment: As eluded to in Monday's post, on July 23rd, yours truly moderated an Imagery Roundtable discussion in Minneapolis, MN. The panel included Dr. Shirish Ravan, Director Beijing UN-SPIDER; Talbot Brooks, GITA President; Dan Ross, Minnesota CGIO; Dr. Paul Morin and Charles Nguyen, U of M Polar Geospatial Center; Brian Huberty, USFWS Remote Sensing; Bob Basques, City of St. Paul Open Source Developer; Joella Givens, FBI Infragard P2CAT Program; and Dave DiSera, Chair of GITA's Research Committee. It was a frank, far ranging, and insightful discussion about the significant problems that remain when it comes to effective and timely use of imagery in all parts of the Emergency Management Cycle, both inside and outside the U.S. At a later date I'll offer here some of those takeaways. Until then, you have the opportunity to Think About Imagery over the weekend by reflecting on the question set below that was used to guide the discussion:
Have A Great Weekend!
Photo credit: The Cleveland Museum of Art