INTERGEO TV, your go-to source for insights into geoinformation, geodesy, and land management launched a new expert interview. In this episode, we delve into the critical role of satellite and geospatial data in managing humanitarian crises and natural disasters, featuring Dr. Anne Schneibel, a renowned expert in remote sensing and humanitarian aid.

The Role of German Remote Sensing Data Center in Disaster Response

Dr. Anne Schneibel, a research associate at the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), specializes in the use of remote sensing to support humanitarian aid. In her role, she coordinates research projects that utilize satellite and geospatial data to respond to disasters and disseminate crucial information to users.

In early June, severe flooding impacted southern Germany. Dr. Schneibel describes the intense focus required during the initial days of the disaster, where her team provided essential crisis information to authorities and aid organizations.

"Right after a disaster, we enter a functional mode. We drop everything and focus solely on the crisis. It's a tense but crucial phase for effective disaster response." - Dr. Anne Schneibel

Key Learnings from Recent Floods in Bavaria and Baden-W├╝rttemberg

Reflecting on the recent floods in Bavaria and Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Dr. Schneibel shares the importance of timely information. Her team at the Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) provides critical data to humanitarian organizations and public authorities, often within hours of a disaster's onset.

Dr. Schneibel highlights the necessity of flexibility in their approach. Each crisis is unique, requiring different data sources and methods. For instance, during the floods, they used aerial imagery in addition to satellite data to provide accurate and timely information.

The Future of Geospatial Data in Managing Climate Change-Induced Disasters

As climate change increases the frequency and severity of natural disasters, the geospatial community is enhancing its capabilities. Dr. Schneibel notes the rapid development of satellite technology and data analysis methods, such as artificial intelligence and big data processing. These advancements enable more precise and timely disaster response, ultimately aiding in life-saving efforts.

"With the rapid development of satellites and AI, we can now estimate disaster impacts more accurately and quickly. This technology is crucial for effective humanitarian aid." - Dr. Anne Schneibel

The international geo community, including participants of INTERGEO, continues to position itself at the forefront of utilizing geospatial data to address these challenges. By transforming complex data into actionable information, experts like Dr. Schneibel ensure that aid organizations can make informed decisions during crises.

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