Application & Capacity Building : Application Areas
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NASA supports California wildfire control efforts with an unmanned plane
NASA’s Natural Disasters Program:
The goal of the Natural Disaster Application Area is to use NASA’s capabilities in spaceborne, airborne, surface observations, higher-level derived data products and modeling and data analysis to improve natural disaster forecasting, mitigation and response.
The Natural Disaster Application Area applies its remote sensing observations, modeling and analysis capabilities to provide hazard and disaster information where and when it is needed. Our application research activities specifically contribute to:
- Understanding the natural processes that produce hazards
- Developing hazard mitigation technologies
- Recognizing vulnerability of interdependent critical infrastructure
Natural Disasters Projects:
The Natural Disasters Application area supports projects that address a broad spectrum of disasters that afflict populations within the United States, regionally and globally. Current projects support systems that forecast and respond to earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, landslides, wildland fires, hazardous plume dispersion, and levee stability.
It is a goal of NASA's Natural Disasters application to seamlessly work with other agencies to aid the government in meeting the challenges associated with natural disaster response and to transfer technologies to other agencies as they become operational.