Standardising Remote Sensing Data Collection at FEMA

27 February 2019

During a disastrous event such as a major hurricane, wildfire, catastrophic flooding or a destructive earthquake, first responders must quickly understand the magnitude and the nature of the event and its impacts upon citizens and communities. Remotely sensed data can be crucial for preliminary awareness about the scope of such a disaster.

That is why the USA’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has implemented a tool called the Area of Interest (AOI) Tasker to automatically identify and prioritise areas that require the collection of satellite and aerial imagery.

The tool, designed by New Light Technologies, is based on the assumption that the collection of imagery and intelligence should be prioritised in those areas that are predicted to be hit or severely damaged and where vulnerable populations are most likely to be affected.

It was used for the first time during the 2018 hurricane and wildfire seasons.

Read the full article at GIM International.

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