Risk reduction and resilience
Tracking raging wildfires. Monitoring flood impacts as waters rise. Charting hurricanes as they threaten people and property.
NASA’s Disasters Program uses an array of Earth-orbiting instrumentation to improve the prediction of, preparation for, response to and recovery from natural and technological disasters. Before, during and after disasters strike, our team provides decision-makers and federal, state and local governments the data they need in near real-time.
As the frequency and intensity of weather-related hazards increase, international demand for disaster risk-reduction and community resilience measures continues to rise. Remote sensing is invaluable for effective hazard monitoring, mitigation design, disaster response and recovery. Vulnerable communities remain most in need from potential devastation as volcanoes erupt, waters rise and earthquakes shake apart the landscape.
When disasters occur, our team provides users access to critical imagery, data and damage assessments. This information flow enables decision-makers to make real-time decisions that save lives and mitigate disaster impacts. We work with a network of partners and volunteers to provide guidance for action when communities face disaster.