SWF, Space Research Center (Poland), and the Main School of Fire Service (Poland) Release a Report on Use of Space Applications in Humanitarian Operations

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In May 2012 SWF together with the Polish Space Research Center (CBK PAN) and the Main School of Fire Service (SGSP) organized a two day workshop simulation on use of space in humanitarian operations. The simulation demonstrated a crisis situation in which it was necessary to coordinate activities between local and central authorities, national centre requesting and coordinating international assistance, OSOCC (On-Site Operations Coordination Center) and NGOs involved in humanitarian operations. The game lasted 9 hours and it was composed of three phases, based on real data from the 2010 floods in Poland. Participants, of whom many were professionals with significant experience in disaster management or space technology, faced water rising to highest-ever levels. The resulting operational and logistic challenges required continuous communication and coordination. In this context satellite applications and a common geospatial environment was used to facilitate access to and exchange of situational information. 

The organizers of the workshop drafted a comprehensive report outlining the findings and conclusions as well as providing a detailed analysis of the simulation. To read the report click here.

To find out more about the workshop click here.

Last updated on December 26, 2013