The European Union, its Member States, and Europeans across the continent have joined efforts to support people fleeing the devastating war. EUSPA is mobilizing the EU Space innovation community who can provide solutions to enhance humanitarian support.
EU Space for humanitarian aid
Earth observation (EO) and navigation (GNSS) capabilities are used in response to natural and man-made emergency situations. Downstream applications of GNSS and EO are deployed in all phases of emergency management, from preparedness and early warning to rapid mapping and post-event analysis.
For prevention, risk reduction and recovery phases, EO provides risk assessment and simulation models. For early warning, EO enables continuous observations and forecasts of fires, surface deformation, or terrain deformation. During disasters, EO and GNSS enable search and rescue operations and provide rapid mapping allowing emergency responses to be coordinated efficiently. For post-event analysis, the comparison of recent and archival EO data assists relevant actors with an accurate damage assessment.
For example, the UN organisation Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a communication tool to evaluate the humanitarian situation, whilst EO data and services provide the means to monitor the displacement of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), among other uses such as conducting population counting.
The European Earth observation and navigation programs Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS provide the full picture needed for context-aware emergency management and delivering accurate and reliable information.
EUSpace4Ukraine is an initiative that unites NGOs, helpers, and innovators in relieving the pain of the Ukrainian people impacted by the Russian invasion. Under this initiative, a technical demonstrator will be developed that will support NGOs in their humanitarian activities connected to Ukraine.
The objective of the workshop is to gather information from the humanitarian community with respect to the technical challenges they are facing. The output of the workshop will contribute to the development of the demonstrator, which will leverage European space data to address key challenges in the operational environments of NGOs.
If you are an NGO or a helper providing humanitarian support for Ukraine and want to learn how your activities can benefit from EU Space data or want to shape the technical demonstrator, we welcome you to participate in our workshop on 2 February - 10:00 am – 12:00 am CET.
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