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Fifteen Years of Collaborative Disaster Response


09 November 2015

Fifteen Years of Collaborative Disaster Response

The International Charter "Space and Major Disasters" formed in November 2000 and has been providing a unified system of emergency response satellite data to areas that have been struck by disasters resulting in loss of life and widespread destruction around the world. The Charter draws on the capabilities and resources of its 15 national space agencies and space operators to quickly provide satellite data at no cost to those in need.

Over the last 15 years, the Charter has brought space assets into action in over 115 countries for over 450 natural and technological disasters, including flooding, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, forest fires, and oil spills. The Charter coordinates data from dozens of international satellites at varying resolutions ranging to provide a quick response to disaster-afflicted areas.

To commemorate this special anniversary the European Space Agency (ESA) coordinated the production of this scribble video - highlighting the organisation.

Charter 15th Anniversary

The group celebrated by wearing matching International Charter 15th Anniversary t-shirts.