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Remote sensing in development cooperation

Topic: “Responsibility for our planet – climate and energy”

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In 2017, rains caused severe flooding in northern and central Albania. The radar image from one of the Sentinel-1 satellites shows flooded farmland north of the capital Tirana

Focus: Potential in crisis and disaster management

Climate change is leading to an increase in droughts, flooding, landslides and unusual temperature fluctuations worldwide. The effects of these kinds of events are increasingly having a significant economic impact and are costing human lives. In addition, disasters, particularly in the most vulnerable countries on earth, can completely undo any development success that has previously been achieved.

One intention of the Agenda 2030 with sustainability goal (SDG) 13 “Climate action” is to take immediate action to combat climate change and its effects.

In light of this, a (geographical) understanding of disaster risks is important in order to implement targeted adjustments. Risk analyses form the basis for comprehensive risk management and enable forward-looking planning that has been adapted to the local context. Important questions always have a geographical component: Where are the dangers and protected interests physically located? Where do they converge? Where could a damage event occur? In light of this, remote sensing and geoinformation systems (GIS) offer a multitude of new possibilities for conducting comprehensive, geographical analyses and for supporting crisis management and prevention.

Example projects and applications

Here you will find inspirational projects in which remote sensing has been successfully used in the area of crises, conflicts and disaster prevention in development cooperation projects. You will also find out more about freely available data portals and their possible applications.