Earth Observations and Dynamic Mapping: Key Assets for Risk Management

  • Alessandro Annoni
  • Massimo Craglia
  • Ad de Roo
  • Jesus San-Miguel
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Abstract

The timelines and the accuracy of information provided and used are recognized as being critical when dealing with emergencies. The traditional ways to display much of the information in maps had many limitations, which are now being overcome with major progress in the way data are collected, organized, accessed, and communicated. This chapter provides an overview of current Earth Observation capacity with some examples in relation to forest fires and floods that serve to illustrate the main characteristics including governance and existing limitations. The chapter also discusses how new developments in the way individuals can contribute georeferenced information may be of considerable value in addressing some of the limitations identified, particularly when time is of the essence, as is the case in emergencies.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Annoni
    • 1
  • Massimo Craglia
    • 1
  • Ad de Roo
    • 2
  • Jesus San-Miguel
    • 2
  1. 1.European Commission, DG Joint Research CentreInstitute for Environment and Sustainability, Spatial Data Infrastructures UnitIspraItaly
  2. 2.European Commission, DG Joint Research CentreInstitute for Environment and Sustainability, Land Management and Natural Hazards UnitIspraItaly

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