Earth observations contribute to disaster mapping and better mitigation and response, working with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

GEO supports disaster resilience by increasing coordination of Earth observations to forecast and prepare for disasters, to mitigate damage and to better manage and recover from disasters.

A substantial reduction of losses of life and property can be achieved by strengthening cooperation and data sharing for satellite and surface data, for managing risks posed by fires, floods, earthquakes and other hazards. Better information, made widely accessible, leads to improved understanding of disaster risk.

The 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction recognizes that Earth observations have a clear role in Disaster Risk Reduction. GEO and other partners proposed to establish a Synergy Framework for the Integration of Earth Observation Technologies into Disaster Risk Reduction.

The GEO initiative on Data Access for Risk Management - GEO-DARMA - supports the implementation of the Sendai framework 2016-2030, the first of the post-2015 global agreements to be adopted.

The Geohazard supersites and natural laboratories and GEO Wildfire information system have been established to improve the utilization of Earth observations for disaster risk management. These initiatives are designed to support first responders and risk managers by providing effective tools to rapidly map damages and impacts during rescue operations following disasters.


Related Work Programmme Activities


GEO Initiatives

Climate Change Impact Observation On Africa’s Coastal Zones (GEO-CCIOoACZ)

Data Access for Risk Management (GEO-DARMA)

GEO Cold Regions Initiative (GEOCRI)

GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories (GSNL)

GEO Global Network for Observation and Information in Mountain Environments (GEO-GNOME)

GEO Global Water Sustainability (GEOGLOWS)

GEO Human Planet Initiative: Spatial Modeling of Impact, Exposure and Access to Resources

Global Urban Observation and Information

Global Wildfire Information System (GWIS)


Community Activities

Chinese Tsunami Mitigation System

Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Management

Earth Observations for Geohazards, Land Degradation and Environmental Monitoring

Global Flood Awareness System (GLOFAS)

Global Flood Risk Monitoring

Land Cover and Land Cover Change

TIGGE (Thorpex Interactive Grand Global Ensemble) evolution into a Global Interactive Forecast System (GIFS)

Global Ecosystems and Environment Observation Analysis Report Cooperation (GEOARC)

Cross Cutting Activities


GEO Initiatives

AfriGEOSS: Reinforcing Regional African Engagement


Asia-Oceania GEO (AOGEO)

Earth Observations in Service of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

GEO Carbon and GHG Initiative


Oceans and Society: Blue Planet



Community Activities

Access to climate data in GEOSS

Advancing Communication Networks

Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service (CAMS)

Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)

Data Analysis and Integration System (DIAS)


GFCS - GEO Collaboration

Himalayan GEOSS

Research Data Science Summer Schools

Socio-Economic Benefits of Earth Observations

Space and Security

Synergized Multi-Source Remote Sensing Products and Services

Earth Observations and Citizen Science

Contact person in the GEO Secretariat

Secretariat Experts: Akiko Noda -, James Norris -


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