International charter wins Pecora Award

December 14th, 2017, Published in Articles: PositionIT

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has received the William Thomas Pecora Award for providing free satellite imagery, data and information to the global community during times of crises. The annual award recognises outstanding contributions by individuals or teams using remote sensing to understand Earth, educate the next generation of scientists, inform decision-makers or support natural or human-induced disaster response.

The Charter has 16 member agencies that contribute satellite, data processing and data distribution assets which enables decision-makers, rescue teams and responders to reach victims quickly, move them to safety and select the best locations for rescue efforts.

Sentinel-1 data were used to generate a map of east–west ground displacement after a 7,3-magnitude earthquake struck the Kermanshah Province of Iran on 12 November 2017.

Sentinel-1 data were used to generate a map of east–west ground displacement after a 7,3-magnitude earthquake struck the Kermanshah Province of Iran on 12 November 2017.

Major Charter response efforts include the 7,9-magnitude earthquake in Nepal of 2015; the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013; Haiti’s 2010 earthquake; the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010; the tsunami in Indonesia and Thailand in 2004; and more than 550 other disasters across the globe.

The award has been presented annually since 1974, in honour of Dr William Thomas Pecora, former director of the US Geological Service and under-secretary of the US Department of the Interior. Pecora was a motivating force behind the establishment of civil remote sensing of Earth from space.

At the recent Sioux Falls South Dakota Pecora conference in the US, the International Charter Space and Major Disasters Team, currently under the European Space Agency (ESA) Lead for six months, received the award for its outstanding support to the global community during times of crisis.

Contact ESA, www.esa.int

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