To discuss the optimal use of satellite applications to support humanitarian operations during large-scale natural disasters, the Polish Space Research Centre and Secure World Foundation, together with the Main School of Fire Services, the GeoNetCab network and the 7th Framework programme, organised in Warsaw a workshop to present a software to manage natural disasters on the basis of satellite information.
The software presented allows to share information on the conditions of the infrastructure (as roads, bridges and public buildings) on a map built on satellite imagery. Civil protection and other public authorities, as well as humanitarian teams and NGOs can use the map as a common platform to coordinate their work and share information on single units position, movements (through satellite navigation) and available resources. Eurisy was invited, together with other organisations (as the European Union Satellite Centre, the UN-Spider programme and the UNITAR’S Operational Satellite Applications Programme, among others) to participate in the simulation and to contribute to the debate that followed, together with several stakeholders with hands-on experience in using satellite applications in an integrated information environment. Participants agreed on the added value of integrated satellite applications in managing humanitarian crisis and auspicated a widespread take-up of such technologies by public authorities at the local and national levels.