The Disasters Applications area promotes the use of Earth observations to improve prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters. The Disasters area supports projects to enhance management practices and disaster reduction across disaster types, including floods, earthquakes, volcanoes, and landslides. Disaster applications and applied research on natural hazards support emergency preparedness leaders in developing mitigation approaches, such as early warning systems, and providing information and maps to disaster response and recovery teams.

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  • GPS-Aided and DART-Ensured Real-time(GADER) Tsunami Early Detection System
  • Enhancing Floodplain Management in the Lower Mekong River Basin Using NASA Vegetation and Water Cycle Satellite Observations
  • SAR-VIEWS: SAR Volcano Integrated Early Warning System
  • Developing global building exposure for disaster forecasting, mitigation, and response
  • A Remote-sensing-based Flood Crop Loss Assessment Service System (RF-CLASS) for Supporting USDA Crop Statistics and Insurance Decision Making
  • Disaster Response and Analysis Through Event-Driven Data Delivery (ED3) Technology
  • Near Real Time Flood Inundation Prediction and Mapping For the World Food Programme
  • Norway Oil Spill Exercise 2014-15
  • Near Real-time Volcanic Cloud Products for Aviation Alerts
  • Enhancement of the NWS Storm Damage Assessment Toolkit with Earth Remote Sensing Data
  • Damage Assessment Map from Interferometric Coherence
  • Proposal in Response to Opportunity Earth Science Applications: Disasters
  • Deformation monitoring of volcanoes in the Caribbean and Latin America using ALOS-PALSAR and Sentinel-1 interferometry
  • Near Real Time Global MODIS Flood Mapping
  • Enhancing Floodplain Management in the Lower Mekong River Basin Using NASA Vegetation and Water Cycle Satellite Observations
  • Improving Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Hydrologic Disaster Forecasting and Response by Assimilating and Fusing NASA and Other Data Sets
  • NMQ-FLASH-LANDSLIDE (NFL): Utilization of NASA Earth Observations into a NOAA Coupled Flood and Landslide Prediction System over the US
  • Near Real Time Flood Inundation Prediction and Mapping For the World Food Programme
  • SAR-VIEWS: SAR Volcano Integrated Early Warning System
  • Disaster Response and Analysis Through Event-Driven Data Delivery (ED3) Technology
  • ALTERATION, SLOPE-CLASSIFIED ALTERATION, AND LAHAR HAZARDS MAPS OF VOLCANOES FOR THE ASTER VOLCANOES ARCHIVE
  • Earthquake Data Enhanced Cyber-Infrastructure for Disaster Evaluation and Response (E-DECIDER)
  • Enhancement of the NWS Storm Damage Assessment Toolkit with Earth Remote Sensing Data
  • GPS-Aided and DART-Ensured Real-time(GADER) Tsunami Early Detection System
  • Near Real-time Volcanic Cloud Products for Aviation Alerts
  • Proposal in Response to Opportunity Earth Science Applications: Disasters
  • Real-time Global Flood Analyses and Forecasts Using Satellite Rainfall and Hydrological Models
  • REPAIR (Rapid Earthquake Products from Analysis & Imaging for Response)
  • A Remote-sensing-based Flood Crop Loss Assessment Service System (RF-CLASS) for Supporting USDA Crop Statistics and Insurance Decision Making
  • Developing global building exposure for disaster forecasting, mitigation, and response
  • INVESTIGATING THE USE OF NASA PRODUCTS TO IMPROVE THE PERFORMANCE OF REGIONAL OPERATIONAL FLASH FLOOD GUIDANCE SYSTEMS WORLDWIDE
  • Multi-sensor Approach for Analysis and Mapping of Hurricane Flooding
  • Extending AWIPS II Visualization and Collaboration Capabilities for Enhanced Decision Making using NASA Data within NOAA NWS and FEMA
  • Monitoring Levees and Subsidence in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta using UAVSAR
  • Global Flood and Landslide Monitoring/Forecasting
  • GPS-aided Real-Time Earthquake and Tsunami (GREAT) Alert System
  • Development of a Planetary Boundary Layer and Atmospheric Stability Analysis for Homeland Security Applications
  • U.S. Hurricane Landfall and Climate: Reinsurance Decision Support
  • Feasibilityibility of Predicting Forest Fire from Microwave Sensing of Fuel Loads
  • Use of Integrated MASTER Multispectral Imagery and LiDAR DEM for Active Fault Detection and Evaluation
  • Enhancing NOAA AWIPS DSS by Infusing NASA Research Results for Drought and Other Disaster Management
  • Integrating NASA Earth Science Capabilities into the Interagency Modeling and Atmospheric Assessment Center for Improvements in Atmospheric Transport and Dispersion Modeling
  • LES modeling for Homeland Security Applications
  • Wildfire DSS Enhancements: Integrating Real-Time Orbital and Suborbital Assets for Pre-, Active-, and Post-Fire Assessments
  • Global Fire Information for Resource Management
  • GPS-Aided and DART-Ensured Real-time(GADER) Tsunami Early Detection System

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If this technology saves even one island from levee failure, then it’s been very worth the time and energy.
Joel Dudas
California Department of Water Resources
I've been very impressed with the Coast Guard’s commitment to bring NASA satellite data and model forecasts into their decision-making process in order to improve their search and rescue operations.
Yi Chao
Project Investigator
[This application is an] extraordinarily powerful technique that we will continue to use and incorporate.
Arthur Allen
U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Search and Rescue
The teamwork between the NASA JPL E-DECIDER team and the DHS UICDS team has produced an extraordinarily valuable improvement to the emergency response capabilities across the United States.
James W. Morentz
UICDS
E-DECIDER enriches our capabilities with a regional picture: a snapshot of regional effects, which helps in planning activities in the most critical areas.
Anne Rosinski
California Geological Survey and California Earthquake Clearinghouse
During the exercise, CGS geologists utilized the [E-DECIDER] imagery to help map landslides and other sites of hazardous ground deformation caused by the earthquake.
Chuck Real
California Geological Survey
NASA was ready to provide the benefit of its research assets to organizations whose mission it is to issue forecasts and keep the airspace safe.
John Haynes
NASA Earth Science
By combining NASA, NOAA and our own GIS information, we were able to improve our situational awareness in real time so we could better serve the citizens of Maryland.
Martin O’Malley
Governor of Maryland

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