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  • Refugee camps built in the Bangladeshi hillside are vulnerable to sudden landslides. Credits: UN Development Programme/Eno Jonathan Camp managers and other local officials overseeing Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are now incorporating NASA satellite observations into their decision making in order...
    Refugee camps built in the Bangladeshi hillside are vulnerable to sudden landslides. Credits: UN Development Programme/Eno Jonathan
  • Members of the NASA Earth Applied Sciences Disasters Program will be attending the American Geophysical Union 2019 Fall Meeting this year in San Francisco, CA to give talks, present posters, and teach people about the program and the services it provides.
    Landslide researcher and Disasters Program Center Coordinator Dalia Kirschbaum gives a presentation on the NASA Hyperwall at AGU 2016.
  • This is the first in a series of articles profiling NASA’s role in contributing to the Sendai Framework, a United Nations initiative to help communities worldwide manage, mitigate and plan responses to a wide array of disasters. The Sendai Framework was adopted by U.N. member states on March 18, 2015 during a conference on disaster risk reduction in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
    Landslide-susceptible settlements in the Kutupalong refugee camp in South Bangladesh. Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Groups are meeting in Rio de Janeiro this week to discuss the progress made in the landslide modeling work and kick off a new project focused on urban flood modeling. The “Applied Sciences for Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop” and other outreach and scientific engagement events will feature technical discussions with city management and scientists to connect the scientific modeling efforts to...
    The attendees of NASA’s 2019 Disaster Risk Reduction Workshop in Rio.
  • This animation depicts the the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Fire Temperature product overlaid on the NOAA GOES-R GeoColor product for the Saddleridge California region from 10:31am -12:26pm PDT on October 11th, 2019.  The red area shows the Saddleridge fire, and the white...
    Animation depicting the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) Fire Temperature product overlaid on the GeoColor product.  The red area is the Saddleridge fire and the white plume blowing out over the Pacific Ocean is smoke. Credit: Kyle Hilburn

About the NASA Disasters Program

The Disasters Applications area promotes the use of Earth observations to improve prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters. Disaster applications and applied research on natural hazards support emergency preparedness leaders in developing mitigation approaches, such as early warning systems, and providing information and maps to disaster response and recovery teams.


Earth Observatory

November 21, 2019

Making Sense of Amazon Deforestation Patterns
Decades of satellite data make it possible to map how deforestation has evolved over time.


November 20, 2019

Aussie Smoke Plumes Crossing Oceans
As fires continue to rage in southern and eastern Australia, the smoke has risen high and far across the atmosphere.


November 19, 2019

Making a Connection in the Kingdom of Tonga
Against the odds, the landmass that exploded and oozed into existence in early 2015 is now nearly five years old.


November 19, 2019

Fires in the Caucasus
Satellites detected what appears to be wildfires in the mountainous region.


November 14, 2019

Cloud Streets over the Atlantic
Cold air moving over relatively warm ocean water produced a pattern of clouds that lined up in organized rows.



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