Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Satellites Aid in Tsunami Recovery

A joint effort between European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union has lead to the use of advanced satellite technology through the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiatives, to help Indonesia, Thailand and other tsunami ravaged areas rebuild following the disaster of 2004.
Some parts of the program, specifically RESPOND, were operational within 48 hours of the devastation, providing up-to-the-minute images of what was happening in places nobody had access to.
Using RESPOND global resources entire villages now covered with a foot or more of mud, can be reclaimed, inch by inch. Streets can be cleared and foundations recovered. Lives can begin again sooner because we have the ability to look down from space and resolve images impossible to see from the ground.

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