India is prone to many natural disasters like floods, landslides, cyclones, forest fires, earthquakes, drought, etc. Satellites provide synoptic observations of the natural disasters at regular intervals that helps in better planning and management of disasters. In order to better understand the risks due to such disasters, it is necessary to integrate satellite and field based observations and to work towards risk reduction principles. Satellite communication and navigation systems also play an important role in disaster management with improved technological options.
Disaster Management Support (DMS) Programme, comprehensively addresses various aspects of natural disasters in the country, using space based inputs. ISRO disseminates relevant information in interactive geo-spatial domain through various geoportals like Bhuvan, National Database for Emergency Management and MOSDAC for the administrators to better understand the impact and for improved decision support.
ISRO provides the satellite based near real time information support to Central Ministries / Departments and State Ministries / Departments, prior during and after major natural disasters. In addition, ISRO also provides capacity building in use of Space technology inputs in Disaster Management Support.
ISRO is actively involved with various other countries with regard to disaster management, through international frameworks, such as, International Charter ‘Space & Major Disasters’, Sentinel Asia, UNESCAP and so on.
NRSC/ISRO signed MoU with MHA for providing technical support for establishing state-of-the-art Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER).
ISRO supports Indonesia in its efforts towards response to the recent tsunami, under International Charters. More..
NRSC Training on DMS to State Officials – Feb, 2019.