International Charter wins Prestigious Pecora Award
22 November 2017
The International Charter Space and Major Disasters has received a distinguished award for providing free satellite imagery, data and information to the global community during times of crises.
The William Thomas Pecora Award is presented annually to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals or teams using remote sensing to understand Earth, educate the next generation of scientists, inform decision-makers or support natural or human-induced disaster response.
The award has been presented annually since 1974, in honour of William Thomas Pecora, former director of the US Geological Service and under-secretary of the US Department of the Interior.
Since its founding in 2000, the Charter counts 16 member agencies that contribute satellite, data processing and data distribution assets. It aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users.
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15 September 2018
Making landfall in the US state of North Carolina on 14 September, Hurricane Florence is causing widespread damage and flooding.
With lives and property at risk, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was standing by ready to map the floods to help relief efforts.