Satellite Monitoring Data Should Be Widely Available30/08/2011
|Participants of a meeting on 24 August 2011 on monitoring and control of natural and human-induced emergency situations in the 'Rossiyskaya gazeta' press centre demonstrated that satellite imagery data has been increasingly widely used for emergencies monitoring and response. One of the technologies of thermal anomalies monitoring is the detection using images in the infra-red band of the MODIS camera of Terra/Aqua satellites. Burning areas are analysed using detailed SPOT 4/5 images, and damage to the forest as a result of fire is evaluated.|
ScanEx vice-president Olga Gershenzon noted that the company has been working with data of satellites, built and put into orbit by various countries around the world. Some satellites have been functioning for more than ten years and, should the Terra and Aqua satellites malfunction, permanent fire-situation monitoring will no longer be available for Russia and CIS countries. There are no Russian fleets of 'monitoring' satellites available in the country. Moreover, there are no plans whatsoever to realise such a constellation.
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