[ESIP-all] ESIP Disaster Response cluster

Joan Aron joanaron at ymail.com
Thu Jan 30 20:52:18 EST 2014

The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction is a good reference point.   The reports refer to natural hazards but do not provide specific lists.  However, the description of the PREVIEW Global Risk Data Platform on global risk from natural hazards provides a list.  


The Global Platform for Disaster Reduction was established in 2007 as a biennial forum for information exchange, discussion of latest development and knowledge and partnership building across sectors, with the goal to improve implementation of disaster risk reduction through better communication and coordination amongst stakeholders. The Global Platform is organized by UNISDR, the UN's office for disaster risk reduction and secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.



The PREVIEW Global Risk Data Platform is a multiple agencies effort to share spatial data information on global risk from natural hazards. Users can visualise, download or extract data on past hazardous events, human & economical hazard exposure and risk from natural hazards. It covers tropical cyclones and related storm surges, drought, earthquakes, biomass fires, floods, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The collection of data is made via a wide range of partners (see About for data sources). This was developed as a support to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) and replace the previous PREVIEW platform already available since 2000. Many improvements were made on the data and on the application. 

Joan Aron

On Thu, 1/30/14, Helen Wood - NOAA Affiliate <helen.wood at noaa.gov> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [ESIP-all] ESIP Disaster Response cluster
 To: "Fontaine, Kathleen S. (GSFC-6102)" <kathleen.s.fontaine at nasa.gov>
 Cc: "Law, Emily S (JPL-3980)[Jet Propulsion Laboratory]" <emily.s.law at jpl.nasa.gov>, "esip-all at lists.esipfed.org" <esip-all at lists.esipfed.org>
 Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 7:54 PM
 KathySince the Disaster Charter's
 definitions are particular to their specific mission, it
 might be better to consider definitions from e.g. The UN
 Helpfully, Helen
 On Thursday, January 30, 2014, Fontaine, Kathleen S.
 (GSFC-6102) <kathleen.s.fontaine at nasa.gov>
 All - 
 You should look at basing your disaster definitions in
 part on the Disaster Charter, and then go from there.  Each
 signatory nation has an expectation of that definition for
 the scale of disaster that would invoke the Charter.  After
 that, of course, there
  are more localized disasters inherent to the region.
 I'm sure that CEOS has incorporated those
 definitions, but I'd be more comfortable using an agreed
 set so it's easier to discuss ESIP's added value to
 the discussion.
 Sent from my iPhone.  
 Dr. Kathleen Fontaine (Kathy)
 On Jan 30, 2014, at 6:46 PM, "Moe, Karen
 (GSFC-4070)" <karen.moe at nasa.gov> wrote:
 That is a very good question. From an ESIP perspective
 we can discuss and decide what scope makes sense  for the
 new cluster. 
 From recent work with CEOS (international Committee on
 Earth Observation Satellites), my colleague John Evans
 created a spreadsheet to compare what events different
 groups included in 'disasters'. The IFRC was most
 comprehensive. CEOS is currently focusing
  on floods, earthquakes and volcanoes. 
 -----Original Message-----
 From: Joan Aron <joanaron at ymail.com>
 Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:10 PM
 To: ESIP All <esip-all at lists.esipfed.org>,
 "Law, Emily S (JPL-3980)[Jet Propulsion
 Laboratory]" <emily.s.law at jpl.nasa.gov>
 Subject: Re: [ESIP-all] ESIP Disaster Response
 Could you explain what you are including in
 The more obvious ones are flooding and
 What about hazardous air quality? 
 What about pandemic flu?  
 - Joan Aron
 On Thu, 1/30/14, Law, Emily S (3980) <emily.s.law at jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:
 Subject: [ESIP-all] ESIP Disaster Response
 To: "esip-all at lists.esipfed.org" <esip-all at lists.esipfed.org>
 Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 3:46 PM
 Hi All,
 Karen and I would like to invite
 you to join a new ESIP cluster "Disaster
 Response", and subscribe to its mailing
 list: esip-disasters at lists.esipfed.org
 Draft mission statement of this cluster:
 The main
 objective of the Disaster Response Cluster is to
 connections and coordinate efforts among data
   providers, managers and developers of disaster
 systems and tools, and end-user communities
 Examples of
 topics that the cluster will address include:
 disaster response full-cycleMap
 dataset types to disaster types by leveraging
 effortsAssess and prioritize use cases and
 user needs Assess
 existing capabilities and processesAssess
 common architecture patterns to disaster
 webinars or other outreach plans to raise awareness
 If you
 are interested, please participate in the
   Doodle Poll "ESIP Disaster Response
 Telecon" and cast your votes by the end of Feb 5,
 We'd like to kick off our
 first teleon in either 2nd or 3rd week of February
 finalize the cluster's mission statement, discuss
 and potential activities the group plan to accomplish
   Summer ESIP. Below is a list of possible
 activities that we can touch on.
 Gather insights from organizations addressing
 like GEOSS, USGEO, OSTP, CEOS, OGC (complement not
 effort)Collect information from
 M. WoodConsultant301-518-2084
 mobile301-571-8256 faxhelen.wood at noaa.gov
 helenmwood at gmail.com
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