The Charter concept is this: a single phone number is made available to authorized parties providing 24/7 contact to a person who can activate the charter. Once activated, a project manager takes charge. The project manager knows what satellite resources are available, how to task them to collect data, and how to quickly analyze the collected data to create impact maps for first responders. These maps, provided to responders for free, often show where the damage is and where crisis victims are, allowing responders to plan and execute relief support.
You can think of the Charter as a one-stop-shop for impact maps—an essential resource, since in many cases satellite data are the only practical method to assess current ground conditions after a disaster.
This month, 1 Landsat scene was ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for Charter activations:
+ Flood in U.S.
The USGS HDDS also provided 15 Landsat scenes for:
+ Kilauea volcano in Hawaii
+ Tornado in the U.S.
+ Fire in the U.S.
Details from the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System’s RSS feed for Charter activations:
On 2016-07-01 09:58:32, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201606_Flood_US
Landsat data ingested by HDDS for non-charter activations:
On 2016-07-01 09:46:04, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201606_Fire_US
On 2016-07-01 09:47:26, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201606_Tornado_US
On 2016-07-01 10:03:51, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201606_Fire_US
On 2016-07-05 08:02:11, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-07-12 14:40:25, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-07-14 08:12:10, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-07-14 11:15:26, 4 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-07-28 08:17:15, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2016-07-29 08:11:15, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
Webinar Recording Available: Advancing Science Capabilities with Data Harmonization & NASA’s Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 (HLS) Products
This webinar provides an introduction to HLS data, services, and tools and shows you how to find resources to work with the data; visualize, search for, and access the data through NASA Worldview and Earthdata Search; it also demonstrates how to use the Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS) tool to visualize HLS data to monitor fires and floods.