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Fact Sheet 2010–3062

U.S. Geological Survey Disaster Response and the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters

By Timothy S. Stryker and Brenda K. Jones

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In 1999, an international consortium of space agencies conceived and approved a mechanism to provide satellite information in support of worldwide disaster relief. This group came to be known as the "International Charter–Space and Major Disasters" and has become an important resource for the use of satellite data to evaluate and provide support for response to natural and man-made disasters. From the Charter's formative days in 1999, its membership has grown to 10 space organizations managing more than 20 earth-observing satellites.

First posted September 29, 2010

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Stryker T.S., and Jones, B.K., 2010, U.S. Geological Survey disaster response and the International Charter for space and major disasters: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3062, 2 p.

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