THE ROLE AND PERSPECTIVE OF REMOTE SENSING IN MANAGEMENT OF NATURAL DISASTERS IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
Recurrent natural (and man induced) short term disasters such as: - Earthquakes, heavy storms, forest fires, - floods in coastal areas, river valleys, - spring frost damage to crops, etc. cause deaths and several millions of European currency units (ECU) worth of damage in many areas of the EC, ranging from Ireland and the United Kingdom to Southern Italy and Greece, thus creating social upheaval in some of them. The national governments alone spent for some of the worst disaster events some hundreds of millions of ECU on domestic relief operations. Long-term phenomena ("creeping" hazards) such as: - deforestation by acid rain, drought periods, - degradation of drainage areas, erosion - landslides, mudflows, etc. can have calamitous effects which frequently exceed expectation. They are widespread, mainly in connection with poor hydrological and/or geological situations such as those existing in the Mediterranean areas. Considering this tremendous toll that degradation and natural disasters take each year in the EC, it is imperative that disaster managers have available as much relevant information as possible at each stage of disaster events.
Bibliographic Reference: ESA/EARSEL SYMPOSIUM ON EUROPE FROM SPACE, LYNGBY (DENMARK), JUNE 25-28, 1986 WRITE TO CEC LUXEMBOURG, DG XIII/A2, POB 1907 MENTIONING PAPER E 32649 ORA
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Record Number: 1989125072100 / Last updated on: 1987-12-01
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