Charter logoJun 30, 2015 • The International Charter is a system that supplies free satellite imagery to emergency responders anywhere in the world.

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, 31 Landsat scenes were ingested by the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System to provide data for the following Charter activation(s):
Earthquake and landslide in Nepal and India
+ Flood in Brazil

The USGS HDDS also provided Landsat data for fires in Alaska, California, and Arizona; floods in Texas and the Eastern U.S.; the California oil spill in Santa Barbara; a storm in Georgia; a midwest tornado; the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii; and an Indonesian Volcano.

Details from the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System’s RSS feed for Charter activations:
On 2015-06-30 06:29:46, 5 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201506_Flood_BRA
On 2015-06-29 08:02:28, 10 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201506_Flood_BRA
On 2015-06-03 14:59:56, 4 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201504_Earthquake_NPL
On 2015-06-03 14:19:56, 4 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201504_Earthquake_NP
On 2015-06-02 12:21:20, 4 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201504_Earthquake_NPL
On 2015-06-01 11:12:59, 4 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201504_Earthquake_NPL

Landsat data ingested by HDDS for non-charter activations:
On 2015-06-30 06:37:04, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Fire_AK
On 2015-06-30 06:32:59, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Fire_CA
On 2015-06-30 06:31:34, 4 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-29 08:51:08, 15 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-29 08:39:41, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201506_Fire_CA
On 2015-06-29 08:21:55, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201311_Volcano_Indonesia
On 2015-06-29 08:20:29, 12 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-29 08:17:26, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201505_Oilspill_CA
On 2015-06-29 08:16:13, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201502_Storm_GA
On 2015-06-29 08:13:47, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Fire_CA
On 2015-06-29 08:11:07, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Fire_AZ
On 2015-06-29 07:53:36, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Fire_AK
On 2015-06-29 07:46:22, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Fire_CA
On 2015-06-29 07:40:00, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201505_Oilspill_CA
On 2015-06-29 07:39:17, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201506_Flood_Eastern_US
On 2015-06-29 07:28:14, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201502_Storm_GA
On 2015-06-26 12:22:41, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-24 06:14:03, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-24 06:07:22, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_
On 2015-06-18 06:49:16, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-10 05:33:34, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-08 06:24:17, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-08 06:19:21, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-04 05:55:18, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201502_Storm_GA
On 2015-06-04 05:41:59, 6 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-03 14:52:40, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2015-06-03 14:13:07, 6 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-03 14:10:24, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201502_Storm_GA
On 2015-06-02 12:18:52, 7 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-02 12:17:23, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201311_Volcano_Indonesia
On 2015-06-02 11:38:28, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Tornado_Midwest_US
On 2015-06-02 11:31:52, 5 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201505_Flood_TX
On 2015-06-01 11:22:02, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-01 11:22:02, 1 LANDSAT-8 scene was ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-01 09:46:26, 2 LANDSAT-8 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-01 08:59:06, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_H
On 2015-06-01 08:59:06, 2 LANDSAT-7 scenes were ingested for event: 201409_Volcano_Kilauea_HI
On 2015-06-01 08:27:58, 1 LANDSAT-7 scene was ingested for event: 201505_Tornado_Midwest_US