The UK Space Agency teamed up with several other agencies to employ satellite imagery to map fire on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester, to help the intervention teams. The images, taken to estimate the size of the fire and the affected areas, were captured by Airbus U.K.-DMC2 satellite.
“The U.K. space sector plays a major role in using satellites for disaster risk management including the International Disaster Charter which brings together a collection of satellites from all over the world to collect data and images from areas suffering from natural and man-made disasters,” explained Sara Huntingdon, a researcher at the UK Space Agency.
“From the Caribbean to the moorlands of Manchester, satellite data can play a major role in helping first responders coordinate relief efforts and potentially save lives,” she added.
The UK Space Agency is part of the Charter group that usually provide satellite imagery to assist emergency response teams every time a disaster occurs
The UK Space Agency also contributed with satellite imagery to assess the damages generated by Guatemala’s Fuego volcano which erupted recently. In this case, the scientists at the University of Bristol employed the satellite imagery and assisted the Guatemalan civil protection and local researchers to estimate the damages and the areas affected by the volcanic eruption.
The UK Space Agency is part of the Charter group, formed by 16 agencies from different areas of expertise, which partners with Airbus to provide satellite imagery and data to emergency response teams from every corner of the world every time a disaster occurs. Of course, all these readings are provided free of charge.
Charter group launched in 1999, and, to date, it provided help and satellite imagery and readings in over 576 disasters from all over the world, including the well-known tsunami that hit Indonesia in 2004, the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, or the Hurricane Irma that stroke the Carribean in 2017.
In short, just recently, the UK Space Agency used satellite imagery to map fire on Saddleworth Moor, in the UK, to assist the intervention teams.