DisasterResponse telecon 2015-08-06

From Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

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When: Thursday August 06, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (Pacific) / 4:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern)

Organizers: Karen Moe, Emily Law, Sean Barberie


  • Summer meeting recap (session and poster)
  • Testbed activities
  • Dalia Kirschbaum/GSFC on Nepal earthquake and the NASA response
  • DEVELOP presentations at NASA Applied Sciences July 30 (see earthzine.org July issue)
  • AGU : Science for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Other walk on topics?

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Dalia Kirschbaum/GSFC on Nepal Earthquake and the NASA Response: Dalia described the NASA call for data within hours of the 2015 earthquake, and the interest at NASA HQ. A lessons learned workshop was held to review the timeline, successes, and insights on how to structure future responses. She described the efforts to examine landslide events triggered by the earthquake to understand induced hazards and risks and guide further research. The remote sensing info was managed by NASA’s SERVIR system and provided to ICMOD (a SERVIR partner in the region), which had access to affected government leaders, and NASA was still engaged in support of recovery activities.

Stu Frye/SGT, GSFC commented on how important it is to have a working relationship with the end-users, as SERVIR had via ICMOD, recommending that the ESIP C-COP testbed work should consider how to evolve and engage end users. Another recommendation is to invite NASA’s disasters lead, David Green, and discuss how to leverage the ESIP testbed capabilities.

Maggi Glasscoe/JPL mentioned steps to get the CA clearinghouse team involved in the next step of the ESIP testbed; their next capstone event is scheduled for June 2016, as a national level exercise involving states potentially affected by the Cascadia rising scenario, namely CA, OR, WA, AK, HI.

Ken Kaiser/UAH discussed an applied science effort to help users with disaster preparedness, working with AL state and local efforts via the AL Geological Survey.

The ESIP testbed funds for the 2nd phase arrived in early August and Maggi and Ken are working to create their own instances of C-COP, as well as putting together online documentation.

Karen Moe mentioned plans to invite summer interns who presented their disasters-related DEVELOP projects to talk about their work at upcoming ESIP monthly telecons in the fall.

Notes by Karen Moe