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Charter develops geographic tool

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The French space agency (CNES) has developed a geographic tool for the Charter in order to display footprints and characteristics of satellite data provided in the frame of each activation. The purpose of the tool is to describe earth observation (EO) data used in the framework of Charter activations to help users identify and possibly order them; it does not provide the image files.

Since the creation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters in 2000, over 5,000 images have been acquired by around 20 different imaging satellites.

This tool brings together the metadata from these images and provides a user-friendly interface (JavaScript Earth Observation Browser) which allows discovery and browsing of these metadata.

Among the objectives, the tool is to create a unique record of the images acquired through the operations of the Charter. It also allows researchers working on all phases of the disaster management cycle to confirm the existence and consult quicklooks of images that have been acquired.

No images are made available directly through this metadata catalogue, users should consult data providers directly.

Go to the Charter geographic tool