100th activation of CEMS Risk and Recovery Mapping

 100th activation of CEMS Risk and Recovery Mapping

Copernicus EMS Risk and Recovery Mapping has reached the 100th activation milestone.

Embedded in these 100 activations, the service, operational for more than eight years, has delivered more than 700 products (712 as of 01/07/2021) related to disaster preparedness and recovery, for 43 countries around the world, 19 European and 24 non-European.

With these first 100 activations, the RRM service has produced disaster management information for a substantial number of actual and potential disaster event types.

  • Floods (19 activations, 20% of total)
  • Wildfires (18, 19%)
  • Humanitarian aid (12, 12%)
  • Ground deformation, windstorms, industrial accidents/explosion, volcanic activity, tsunamis, mass movements, rockfalls, droughts, avalanches, and more.

Flood in Germany   Earthquake in Croatia  Fires in Piedmont  Windstorm in Slovenia 

Success of faster product delivery

From 2020, a new framework contract introduced the STANDARD RRM products, an evolution of the service designed to deliver the results of an activation faster and more effective.

STANDARD RRM offers the authorized users a portfolio of 20+ products with standardized production methodologies that represent a pool of the most requested risk and recovery products.

FLEX RRM products can involve weeks or months of analysis before product delivery. However, this remains a crucial option for specialised and tailor-made activation requests.

Crucial information for disaster and risk management globally

The expansion of the RRM service reflects the broad-based usefulness of RRM for delivering accurate results related to preparedness; building resilience and recovery from a wide range of disaster events.

RRM has successfully aligned its efforts with the other CEMS components to deliver comprehensive information on disasters using Earth Observation data. Whether it be preparing a region for a volcanic lava flow or supporting national authorities with information to understand the impact in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic industrial explosion.

Selection of ready to print map showing the impacts of the explosion – destroyed and damaged transportation and building infrastructure – in the area of Lebanon (Beirut) delivered by the CEMS Risk & Recovery service. (Copernicus EMS @ 2021 EU) [EMSN081 Beirut: ready to print maps]

Activation 100

This CEMS Risk and Recovery Standard activation has been requested to provide damage delineation and grading product over La Rioja region in Spain, which was affected by forest fire events on 18 July 2021. The fires started in the afternoon and were extinguished on 19 July.

During the event, forest fires affected natural areas in the region of La Rioja, in North Eastern Spain. It is estimated that more than 200 hectares of wooden areas have burned between the Rioja municipalities of Villarroya, Quel and Autol, but it was managed to save Mount Yerga in Autol and the protected area of the Carrascal de Villarroya. Local news reported that no inhabited areas were in danger

Downloadable documents: CEMS_InfoBulletin_145_EMSN100.pdf

Original post on Copernicus EMS website is here.

Remco Timmermans

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