[ESIP-all] Disaster Response vs. Disaster Prediction (was: ESIP Disaster Response cluster)

Joe Hourcle oneiros at grace.nascom.nasa.gov
Mon Feb 3 09:41:11 EST 2014

On the discussion of geo-effective solar storms, asteroids, etc.

There was a lot of discussion about what events qualify as a disaster ... but most of those assume some sort of event has actually occurred.  Based on the original mission statement that Emily sent out (parts extracted below), prediction is never mentioned.

Prediction might be a bit of a sore subject, particularly with the 2012 conviction of scientists in Abruzzo, Italy for not giving sufficient warning of earthquakes:


NASA's CCMC (Community Coordinated Modeling Center) got in trouble for giving the public different predictions than NOAA's SWPC (Space Weather Prediction Center), and my understanding is that NASA's not allowed to give predictions of solar storms any more ... at least not for the general public to consume.


And, unrelated to the rest of this -- I'd also make sure that you talk to the people from EPA -- they had a lot of insight into what was important data in the case of emergencies after Katrina.  (stuff like where were there potential hazards (eg. chemicals) that needed to be dealt with)



>>> --------------------------------------------
>>> On Thu, 1/30/14, Law, Emily S (3980) <emily.s.law at jpl.nasa.gov> wrote:
>>> Subject: [ESIP-all] ESIP Disaster Response cluster
>>> 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
>>> facilitate connections and coordinate efforts among data
>>> providers, managers and developers of disaster response
>>> systems and tools, and end-user communities within ESIP.
>>> Examples of
>>> topics that the cluster will address include:
>>> Identify disaster response full-cycle
>>> Map dataset types to disaster types by leveraging existing efforts
>>> Assess and prioritize use cases and user needs
>>> Assess existing capabilities and processes
>>> Assess common architecture patterns to disaster response
>>> Develop webinars or other outreach plans to raise awareness with end-users

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