GEO Update

GEO Partners Respond to Nepal Earthquake, Satellite and Data Resources Available Online

Location map of the Earthquake in Central NepalLocation map of M 7.8 Earthquake in Central Nepal - click map to open interactive map (source: USGS)

The Group on Earth Observations community extends its condolences and sympathies to the many victims of the Nepal earthquake and their families.  We also wish to convey our support to the survivors and response and recovery teams.  A number of GEO Member countries are already providing much-needed relief and assistance to the region, including Australia, Canada, China, European Commission, France, Korea, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russian Federation, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.

In addition, GEO Members, Participating Organizations and partners are providing the following online resources to aid in disaster relief and recovery:

  • As a contribution to the CEOS Working Group Disaster, JAXA is providing ALOS-2 Standard products for the area and COMET will be processing Sentinel-1 data to produce interferograms, coherence maps and amplitude change maps.
  • The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre ERCC has activated the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) for the provision of maps that can support operations. Data is available for download here.
  • DLR's ZKI-DE service (Germany) is providing maps via DLR's ZKI webpage.
  • The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has been activated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and by UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNICEF. Project Managers are the National Remote Sensing Center in China (NRSC) and ISRO. Maps and products are available at the Charters’ webpage.
  • Sentinel Asia satellite data products are available via the Sentinel Asia webpage and via the Sentinel Asia Web-GIS.
  • UNOSAT has produced a dynamic web map and some damage maps for the area of Interest combining multiple image analysis products from UNOSAT and other sources. Maps are available here.
  • USGS has compiled satellite imagery for the disaster area via the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS).
  • GEO Event Supersite for the Nepal Earthquake is being prepared by the GEO Secretariat. ASI, ESA and DLR are providing data and products (also processed by INGV, Italy).