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UN tasks imaging satellites for Haiyan relief

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Posted November 15, 2013
This combination of satellite photos obtained from Astrium Services, shows a view of part of the city of Tacloban in the Philipp
This combination of satellite photos obtained from Astrium Services, shows a view of part of the city of Tacloban in the Philippines on March 7, 2013 (L) juxtaposed with a view of the same area taken on November 13, 2013
The United Nations has activated a constellation of satellites to help relief operations in the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, an official said on Thursday.

 

Catherine Proy of France’s National Centre for Space Studies (CNES) said the first discussions to activate the so-called International Charter on Space and Major Disasters took place on November 7, the day before Typhoon Haiyan struck.

Under the Charter, 15 space agencies or national organisations agree to pool 25 ground-imaging satellites to help relief efforts hampered by a natural catastrophe, such as a storm, earthquake or tsunami.

Their data can identify roads, bridges or railway lines that are passable or structures that are damaged or intact.

“The charter was activated by the United Nations and its Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs,” said Proy, whose organisation is part of the Charter group.

“It was activated almost preventively. The first discussions took place on the Thursday, the day before the typhoon crossed the Philippines,” Proy said in an interview with AFP.

Read more at: Phys.org

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