Natural disaster has always been one of man's most unpredictable dangers. But satellites in orbit, initially launched for earth observation for scientific research, are becoming valuable allies in our effort to predict natural disasters and facillitate rescue operations. This video presents an ESA and CNES initiative, for the cooperation of all space agencies in pooling resources to help regions where disaster has struck, including free provision of satellite data for ground-based rescue teams.
Footage contains examples of the use of ESA and CNES Earth Observation satellites for earthquake monitoring, oil pollution detection, flood monitoring and damage assessment following such natural disasters. It also includes soundbites by ESA and CNES experts; Jerome Bequignon (Applications engineer Earth Observation), Jacques Breton (Special advisor for disaster management),and Pascal Michel (Cartographer).
The main programme [ 09:59:39:00 - 10:07:26:00] is followed by B-roll footage containing interviews only [10: