Using space technology in Madagascar to better respond to natural disasters
As a member of the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) works with other space agencies to support disaster relief operations at no cost to the end user. For example, Canada contributes valuable data to the RADARSAT Constellation Mission and RADARSAT-2 satellites, both of which have 24/7 emergency call services for disaster cases throughout the world.
The utilization of RADARSAT data significantly enhances the response capabilities of emergency managers on the ground by providing them with a distinct perspective of the disaster area. This advanced, space-based view of the disaster enables emergency managers to make informed decisions that can help save lives. For example, in February 2022, Canada’s satellites supported the disaster intervention activities related to Cyclone Emnati in Madagascar, where more than 30,000 people had been evacuated. Canada’s RCM satellites detected water extents (the area of land that is covered by water) in Mananjary District, Vatovavy Fitovinany Region and Madagascar, where approximately 650 people live close to the flooded areas.
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