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This website provides information on how the organisation Amnesty International uses geospatial technologies to track human rights violations. It provides access to the Science for Human Rights Explorer, a tool that allows users to compare 'before and after' satellite and aerial images of places where human rights violations have occurred. The website also includes a link to Amnesty International's programme Eyes on Syria, an interactive platform that maps information related to human rights abuses in Syria.
ZKI — run by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) — acquires, processes and analyses satellite data to provide information on natural disasters and help guide relief activities. It publishes maps on potential building damage, population density and affected areas for all sorts of disasters including earthquakes, fires, landslides and floods.
ZKI also runs a fire service for Europe and North Africa, based on MODIS sensors.
The Dartmouth Flood Observatory, based in the United States, uses remote sensing data to detect, measure and map river discharge and flooding. It publishes rapid response inundation maps during a flood as well as an atlas of large floods from 1985 to present.
Data from the observatory are used by several disaster alert and relief agencies, including Sentinel Asia, Thomson Reuters AlertNet, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Europe's Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.
The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) is a small constellation of remote sensing satellites, built by UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology but individually owned by partner countries including Algeria, China, Nigeria and Turkey.
The DMC satellites provide daily coverage of the earth and were specifically designed to support the logistics of disaster relief. Each partner country gives five per cent of its capacity to free daily imaging of disaster areas for aid agencies. The group as a whole is also signed up to the International Charter for Space in Major Disasters.
The disasters group of GEOSS integrates satellite data with other information to help disaster managers reduce vulnerability, improve early warning and support recovery measures.
The group has set up a coastal zone community of practice, established a global wildland fire early warning system and supports key organisations such as Sentinel Asia.
It publishes information about all its achievements as well as targets and planned activities.
The NNRMS is an inter-agency network for integrated natural resource management in India. It uses remote sensing data combined with other data to provide inventories of natural resources for applications such as infrastructure development, environmental monitoring and disaster management support.
NNRMS publishes information about the country's earth observation satellites, overviews of its work and a biannual bulletin with news and information about key projects.
The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, formally opened in November 2000, provides a mechanism for accessing satellite data to help respond to natural disasters.
If a disaster strikes, authorised users can call a single number and request any and all participating satellites to collect data over the affected area.
The charter's website publishes a list of participating space agencies and organisations as well as information on all disasters that have activated the charter, including high resolution images of the resulting satellite data.
The JTWC public reference website links to data, government departments, organisations and services relevant to tropical cyclones across the world. This includes linking to weather forecasts and bulletins, satellite data, sea surface temperature products and radar imagery. The centre also links to principal news services covering extreme weather and meteorological agencies serving different parts of the world. A selection of training guides and materials is available on topics such as forecasting, satellite image interpretation and disaster preparation among others.
NASA's Landsat satellites provide one of the most important remote sensing data archives for a host of environmental applications, including disaster monitoring. They have been collecting multispectral data at a moderate spatial resolution for over 35 years.
Last year (2008), NASA made access to all Landsat data free. The website links to the free data and provides information on how to use them as well as a selection of images, tutorials and educational resources.
MODIS is a key instrument aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites that is often used in disaster management for mapping anything from vegetation to floods or fires. It collects data in 36 spectral bands, twice a day.
The MODIS website publishes technical specifications of the instrument, provides access to data, processed products andf maps. It also hosts a large collection of MODIS images from across the world.
NASA's 'hurricane resource page' provides the latest storm images and data available from NASA together with a tropical weather outlook for the Atlantic Basin. NASA has also published educational tools, including posters and classroom activities that are free for anyone to use. The website includes background information on hurricanes such as fact sheets, lists of satellite instruments used for hurricane monitoring and explanations of how hurricanes form and develop.
RSS publish near-real-time (6–36 hours from time of data collection) maps of sea surface temperatures for cyclone forecasting research. Maps and tracks are available for individual regions and include forecasted paths and wind speeds for tropical storms. Data from two satellites are used to create the maps, which are updated every three hours. An archive of data, including wind speed and track, sea surface temperatures, and rainfall intensity is available for all tropical cyclones since 1999.
Sentinel Asia, a project led by the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum, provides a platform for promoting remote sensing data for disaster management and for sharing information on disasters in the Asia-Pacific region.
The project draws on data from a range of satellite sensors, including MODIS and AMSR-E among others, to distribute imagery and publish information on wildfires and floods as they occur. Sentinel Asia also offers training and coordinates emergency observation requests for a number of satellites.
AARSE is a nongovernmental network of African scientists and professionals working in remote sensing and geographic information systems. It holds a biannual conference and runs regional and local seminars and workshops on how to use remote sensing for environmental studies.
The AARSE website publishes contact details of council members, news about developments in remote sensing that are relevant to Africa and a list of events among other information.
This nongovernmental organisation explicitly engages with human rights-based approaches to science, technology, and development. It has recently established the Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights, and Law Program, which develops the normative frameworks through which the international community examines how human rights-based approaches relate to science, technology, law and policy. The organisation is actively involved in human rights standard-setting and capacity building in parts of the developing world. It is also at the forefront of using new satellite-based technologies for tracking human rights violations. Details of these programmes and links to relevant publications are available on the website.
UN-SPIDER promotes universal access to satellite data relevant to disaster management. It publishes information on the latest disasters around the world and coordinates Space Aid, through which countries can request satellites to collect data over affected areas.
The organisation also hosts a library of guides on capacity building, disaster management and space application, among other topics.
UNEDRA promotes collaboration among African universities in disaster risk reduction using remote sensing and geoinformation.
It publishes online training courses, runs regional workshops and provides advice on curricula development, among other activities. Information on its activities and achievements is made available through the UNEDRA website together with a list of participating universities and contact information for organisations wishing to join the network.