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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 15 space organizations managing a large constellation of earth-observing satellites.

First posted September 29, 2010

Revised October 1, 2014

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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 (version 1.1, October 2014): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3062, 2 p.,

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