Environmental & Disaster Monitoring Systems and Web Sites

The following is a list of some of the currently available disaster and environmental monitoring systems and web sites


·         123Alert.org is a NON PROFIT initiative funded privately by caring citizens of planet Earth.

·         Africa Real Time Environmental Monitoring Information System (ARTEMIS) is part of the FAO's use of satellite remote sensing techniques to improve the surveillance and forecasting capabilities of its Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS).

·         AlertNet is a free humanitarian news service run by Thomson Reuters Foundation covering crises worldwide. Our award-winning website provides trusted news and information on natural disasters, conflicts, refugees, hunger, diseases and climate change.

·         Android 311 Apps - Applications for emercency reporting and monitoring from various cities.

·         The Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) presents a service of the German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD) of DLR. It provides a 24/7 service for the rapid provision, processing and analysis of satellite imagery during natural and environmental disasters, for humanitarian relief activities and civil security issues worldwide.

·         The CERES Constellation  More Capabilities, Less Cost Using only 10 micro-satellites, the Ceres constellation provides weekly data for any location on Earth at a lower cost than legacy multispectral data.

·         ChesapeakeView is a collaborative project of the AmericaView program. AmericaView (AV) is a nationwide program that focuses on satellite remote sensing data and technologies in support of applied research, K-16 education, workforce development, and technology transfer.

·         ClimateWizard enables technical and non-technical audiences alike to access leading climate change information and visualize the impacts anywhere on Earth.

·         Crisis Mappers leverage mobile & web-based applications, participatory maps & crowdsourced event data, aerial & satellite imagery, geospatial platforms, advanced visualization, live simulation, and computational & statistical models to power effective early warning for rapid response to complex humanitarian emergencies. As information scientists we also attempt to extract meaning from mass volumes of real-time data exhaust.

·         Direct Readout - This Portal provides the Direct Readout (DR) community with easy access to Earth remote sensing data and technologies through shared information resources.

·         The Disaster Monitoring Constellation (DMC) consists of five remote-sensing satellites constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and operated for the Algerian, Nigerian, Turkish, British and Chinese governments by DMC International Imaging.

·         DISASTER.NET  Disaster.net is a information resouce center for disaster preparation and relief.

·         Disaster News Network (DNN) tells the story of disaster response and suggests appropriate ways the public can help survivors. It also facilitates information sharing among disaster responders and connects disaster survivors with those who are able to assist them.

·         Earth Alerts is a freeware program which lets you monitor disaster alerts around the world in near real time.

·         Earth Explorer Query and order satellite images, aerial photographs, and cartographic products through the U.S. Geological Survey.

·         EarthNow! Landsat Image Viewer

·         The Earth Observatory’s mission is to share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research, including its satellite missions, in-the-field research, and climate models.

·         EarthObserver is a mobile application created at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in the City of New York specifically for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. EarthObserver is available from the Education Category of the Apple iTunes App Store. With EarthObserver we invite you to visit and learn about our planet’s terrestrial landscapes, oceans and seas, frozen ice caps, atmosphere and clouds, geologic terrains, topography, nautical charts, natural hazards, human impacts, and many other earth and environmental science topics as you travel and explore with your finger tips.

·         Earth System Trends - Trends in the Earth System as the Earth Trends Modeler sees them

·         With EnviroMapper, you have access to a wealth of environmental information on your desktop. EnviroMapper is a powerful tool used to map various types of environmental information, including air releases, drinking water, toxic releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites.

·         EnviroWatch.com, a comprehensive online resource providing detailed, relevant environmental data from around the world. Available as both premium and non-premium content

·         Welcome to the ESRI Portal for GEOSS - The ESRI Portal for GEOSS allows you to Find Data or Services, get more details on Societal Benefit Areas, or get latest news from a selection of GeoRSS feeds.

·         Eye on Earth is a global public informaiton service, and is the result of a public-private partnership joining expertise from industry and public organisations.  Eye on Earth brings together scientific information about the environment with feedback and observations of millions of people – just like you!  On the maps, you can see the water quality for more than 22,000 bathing sites, the air quality for more than 2,000 monitoring stations throughout Europe as well as the noise levels of Europe’s largest cities. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! Rate your very own feeling about air and water pollution and noise in your neighborhood and share your thoughts with other citizens in social networks! Use the mobile application “Noise Meter” to assess the noise in your street and contribute to the platform.

·         (Also http://watch.eyeonearth.org/ and http://www.eyeonearth.eu/) and http://network.eyeonearth.org/home/

·         Eyes on the Earth 3D -  A real-time visualization of Earth Observing satellites from the JPL

·         The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) is a USAID-funded activity that collaborates with international, regional and national partners to provide timely and rigorous early warning and vulnerability information on emerging and evolving food security issues.

·         GDACS The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre.

·         GEONETCast is a near real time, global network of satellite-based data dissemination systems designed to distribute space-based, air-borne and in situ data, metadata and products to diverse communities.

·         The GEOportal provides an entry point to access Earth Observation information and services. It will connect to a system of existing portals, addressing the GEO Societal Benefit Areas globally and provide national to regional perspective to achieve synergy and leverage.

·         GEO Portal is a central Portal and Clearinghouse providing access to Geospatial and Earth Observation (EO) data in support of GEOSS.  GEO Portal allows you to discover, browse, edit, create and save geospatial information from GEO members around the globe.

·         The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world and tools to facilitate response coordination, including media monitoring, map catalogues and Virtual On-Site Operations Coordination Centre.

·         Global Water Scarcity Information Portal  The main objective of the project GLOWASIS is to pre-validate a GMES Global Service for Water Scarcity Information. It will be set up as a one-stop-shop portal for water scarcity information, in which focus is put on:

monitoring data from satellites and in-situ sensors
improving forecasting models with improved monitoring data
linking statistical water data in forecasting
promotion of GMES Services and European satellites

·         Google Crisis Response seeks to make critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises.  Google Crisis Response makes critical information more accessible around natural disasters and humanitarian crises such as hurricanes and earthquakes. This initiative is a project of Google.org, which uses Google's strengths in information and technology to build products and advocate for policies that address global challenges.

·         The GMES Space Component Data Access web portal is now providing data from ESA satellites and ESA Third Party Missions.

·         Google Earth Engine - A planetary-scale platform for environmental data & analysis - Google Earth Engine brings together the world's satellite imagery—trillions of scientific measurements dating back more than 25 years—and makes it available online with tools for scientists, independent researchers, and nations to mine this massive warehouse of data to detect changes, map trends and quantify differences to the earth's surface.

·         The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) is a university-wide center involving multiple entities within the Harvard community that provide expertise in public health, medicine, social science, management, and other disciplines to promote evidence-based approaches to humanitarian assistance.

·         How's My Waterway?  Find information about local waters.  Learn the condition of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the US... quickly and in plain language. See if your local waterway was checked for pollution, what was found, and what is being done. The source of this information is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) database of State water quality monitoring reports provided under the Clean Water Act.

·         The International Charter aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property.

·         The London Datastore has been created by the Greater London Authority (GLA) as an innovation towards freeing London’s data. We want citizens to be able access the data that the GLA and other public sector organisations hold, and to use that data however they see fit – free of charge. The GLA is committed to influencing and cajoling other public sector organisations into releasing their data here too.

·         The Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales

·         Welcome To MapAction In a humanitarian crisis, relief agencies need rapid answers to questions about 'where'. Where are the greatest needs? Where are the gaps that need to be filled? MapAction works in disaster zones providing frequently updated situation maps showing where relief help is most urgently needed.

·         MapStory, as a compliment to Wikipedia, is a new dimension to the global data commons that empowers a global user community to organize all knowledge about the world spatially and temporally. Perhaps more important, MapStory is an infrastructure for enabling “MapStorytelling” as a means of communicating important issues to a global audience.

·         NASA Earth Observations Our mission is to help you picture climate change and environmental changes happening on our home planet. Here you can search for and retrieve satellite images of Earth.

·         National Association of Radio-Distress Signalling and Infocommunications Emergency and Disaster Information Services  The Hungarian National Association of Radio Distress-Signalling and Infocommunications (RSOE) operates Emergency and Disaster Information Service (EDIS) within the frame of its own website which has the objective to monitor and document all the events on the Earth which may cause disaster or emergency. Our service is using the speed and the data spectrum of the internet to gather information. We are monitoring and processing several foreign organisation's data to get quick and certified information.  (EDIS) Budapest Hungary

·         The Natural Hazards Support System (NHSS) enables users to monitor and analyze natural hazards events as they are occurring anywhere on the Earth.

·         The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology.

·         NEON, The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology.  NEON Inc.’s mission is to design, implement, and operate continental scale research infrastructure, including the National Ecological Observatory Network, to open new horizons in ecological science and education, and to enable ecological analyses and forecasts for the benefit of society.

·         NGA-Earth.  First established in 2005 in direct response to Hurricane Katrina, NGA Earth provides access to geospatial data over the World Wide Web. This service brings timely geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) to all users with an Internet connection.

·         NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) provides national leadership, strategic direction, funding, and guidance to 34 U.S. state and territory ocean and coastal management programs. OCRM in Your State shows OCRM’s annual coastal management investments for each state’s and territory’s coastal programs, lists state matching funds, and highlights some of the many ocean and coastal management success stories made possible by our federal-state partnerships.

·         Planetary Skin, deployed at a global scale, is the mechanism for measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) infrastructure for both mitigation and adaptation.

·         Planet Action is a non-for-profit collaborative initiative launched in June 2007 by Spot Image, a world leader in satellite imagery. Its purpose is to encourage the Earth Observation industry and geographic information professional communities to help and tackle the climate change related issues.

·         PO.DAAC - Physical Oceanography DAAC  The Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC) is an element of the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS). The EOSDIS provides science data to a wide community of users for NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

·         The Princeton African Drought Monitor  The African Drought Monitor contains both data from a historic reconstruction (1950 – 2008) and real-time monitoring (2009 – Present) of the hydrologic cycle and drought events. The system is updated daily and provides multiple hydrologic variables at continental and basin scales

·         Random Hacks of Kindness  (RHoK) is all about using technology to make the world a better place by building a community of innovation. RHoK brings software engineers together with disaster risk management experts to identify critical global challenges, and develop software to respond to them. A RHoK Hackathon event brings together the best and the brightest hackers from around the world, who volunteer their time to solve real-world problems.

·         Disaster Monitoring and Collaboration Platform - This platform will bring together organisations and government in the area of disaster management and help them keep track of information/ disaster indicators submitted by the community that lives in disaster risk areas using mobile phones.Such indicators will include disaster alert notifications such as sightings of cracks in mountains, Abnormally high water levels, unknown disease outbreaks, lost or missing people during disasters or large gatherings among others. These indicators will enable them identify pending disasters, prevent duplications of efforts and encourage collaboration.

·         RapidEye is an ISO certified geospatial information provider.  We are focused on integrating Earth Observation solutions into the daily workflow of customers world-wide, and dedicated to providing customized, long-term management solutions and support.

·         ReliefWeb is the global hub for time-critical humanitarian information on Complex Emergencies and Natural Disasters

·         REUNITE mobile and web platform - Software developed by computer scientists could help to quickly and accurately locate missing people, rapidly identify those suffering from malnutrition and effectively point people towards safe zones simply by checking their phones.

·         The Satellite Sentinel Project -- initiated by George Clooney -- combines satellite imagery analysis and field reports with Google's Map Maker technology to deter the resumption of war between North and South Sudan. The project provides an early warning system to deter mass atrocities by focusing world attention and generating rapid responses on human rights and human security concerns.

·         SERVIR: A 21st Century System for Improved Environmental Decision Making in Mesoamerica. SERVIR is a regional visualization and monitoring system for Mesoamerica that integrates satellite and other geospatial data for improved scientific knowledge and decision making by managers, researchers, students, and the general public. SERVIR addresses the nine societal benefit areas of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS): disasters, ecosystems, biodiversity, weather, water, climate, oceans, health, agriculture, and energy. For example, SERVIR can be used to monitor and forecast ecological changes and severe events such as forest fires, red tides, and tropical storms.

·         SERVIR Africa: SERVIR integrates satellite observations and predictive models with other geographic information (sensor and field-based) to monitor and forecast ecological changes and respond to natural disasters.  This evolving regional visualization and monitoring platform is being established in Africa to improve scientific knowledge and decision-making in a range of application areas (e.g., biodiversity conservation, disaster management, agricultural development, climate change adaptation, etc.).

·         The SSEC Data Center.  Designed to acquire environmental satellite data from around the world in real time (i.e., as the measurements are taken), the Data Center has extensive current and archived data holdings, which allow SSEC scientists to conduct their research, test their algorithms and collaborate with key government warning and forecast centers to insure the very latest techniques and products are available to our national frontline forecasters. In addition, an array of powerful cluster computing systems provide the capability for large volume data processing and forecast model testing.

·         The Storm Prediction Center exists solely to protect life and property of the American people through the issuance of timely and accurate watch and forecast products dealing with tornadoes, wildfires and other hazardous mesoscale weather phenomena.

·         Terra Bella (SKYBOX)  We are building an entirely new class of imaging satellites. We’ve developed a high-resolution, small satellite platform capable of rapid response, high-resolution imagery at a fraction of the cost of traditional imaging satellites.

·         TerraLook permits users to create their own collections of georeferenced JPEG satellite images. TerraLook images allow for visual interpretation and comparison without the need for complicated software.

·         The TerraServer-USA Web site is one of the world's largest online databases, providing free public access to a vast data store of maps and aerial photographs of the United States.

·         USA CO2 emissions from fossil fuels: 2002  The Vulcan fossil fuel CO2 inventory was produced at Purdue University in conjunction with collaborators at Colorado State University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

·         USGS Global Visualiztion Viewer  Select a collection, then click on the Global Locator Map to view satellite browse images in that area.

·         USGS The Natural Hazards Support System (NHSS) provides information on various natural hazards events that are occurring both in the United States and around the world. This is done by incorporating dynamic near-real-time data from a wide variety of sources into a web-enabled map that then provides decision makers and the public with a tool to simultaneously track and analyze numerous natural hazards events.

·         'Webcam’ from Space Keeping an eye on Wilkins Ice Shelf 

·         World Health Organization Global Alert and Response (GAR) An integrated global alert and response system for epidemics and other public health emergencies based on strong national public health systems and capacity and an effective international system for coordinated response.



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·         Climate Change Monitoring RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Services (EDIS) Budapest Hungary

·         Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr. Research Group News

·         Climate Science Watch is a nonprofit public interest education and advocacy project dedicated to holding public officials accountable for the integrity and effectiveness with which they use climate science and related research in government policymaking, toward the goal of enabling society to respond effectively to the challenges posed by global warming and climate change.

·         The Disaster Center provides online coverage of disasters in the United States, compiling and providing links to disaster related statistics

·         Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief - At Microsoft, we are driven by our passion to make a difference in people’s everyday lives. Disaster management is core to our commitment to develop technology solutions, tools, and practices that can help communities become more resilient.

·         Earth Alerts is a Windows-based application that allows you to monitor in near real-time a variety of natural hazard events that are occurring anywhere around the world. Alert notifications, reports, and imagery provide the user with a convenient way to view natural phenomenon as they occur, whether close to home or some far-flung corner of the globe

·         Google Map Version

·         The Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs.

·         Earthzine - Fostering Earth Observation and Global Awareness

·         Environment News Service http://www.ens-newswire.com/

·         The Global Reef Expedition: Science Without Borders® is scheduled to take place from 2010-2013.  Countries are invited to submit Letters of Engagement to the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation to conduct collaborative coral reef research in waters throughout the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. The Expedition will provide the opportunity for coral reef researchers, in collaboration with local partners, to conduct management-driven coral reef research under the Living Oceans Foundation Science Without Borders® program.

·         Home of the Sat Pic O' the Day! - Blog repository for unusual satellite views and diverse resources for the familiar as well.

·         International Charter "Space and Major Disasters"  The International Charter aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through Authorized Users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property.

·         The International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) The International Humanitarian Partnership (IHP) was created in 1995 as an informal cooperation the Department for International Development (DFID), the Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), and the Swedish Rescue Service (SRSA). The objective of the cooperation was to provide logistical support to UN agencies especially in sudden onset disasters. Since its creation, the IHP membership has been expanded to also include the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection and Emergency Planning (DCPEP), the Finnish Rescue Force (FRF), the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (N-MFA) and the Estonian Rescue Board (ERB).

·         Maryland GreenPrint - What are the most ecologically valuable lands in Maryland and what are we doing to protect them for future generations?

·         The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA) was called for by the United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2000. Initiated in 2001, the objective of the MA was to assess the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being and the scientific basis for action needed to enhance the conservation and sustainable use of those systems and their contribution to human well-being.

·         - The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) mission is to mobilise and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to:
     •  alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies
     •  advocate for the rights of people in need
     •  promote preparedness and prevention
     •  facilitate sustainable solutions.

In December 1991, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 46/182 (click here for English version - click here for all official languages), designed to strengthen the United Nation's response to both complex emergencies and natural disasters.  In addition it aimed at improving the overall effectiveness of the UN's humanitarian operations in the field. 

·         PhysOrg.com http://www.physorg.com/

·         RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary.

·         SECURENV aims to develop policy recommendations for the European policy-makers and the security community based on the results acquired in the course of the project. This will on the one hand include the current institutional structure of the EU cope with the challenges identified in SECURENV. Secondly, which critical gaps remain and need to be filled within the European security research efforts. Finally, it will provide a broad outlook from a global perspective, to what extent the threats identified may have implications for farther regional and global structures (such as UN agencies and conventions, the European Neighbourhood, etc.) may have against the background of manifest global trends.

·         Terra Daily http://www.terradaily.com/  News about Planet Earth

·         United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)  As an increasing number of people are being affected by natural hazards, there is growing recognition by governments and organizations that building resilient communities and reducing disaster risk is a core initiative. The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) was established to support and coordinate this movement.

·         United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER)  UN-SPIDER will provide universal access to all countries and relevant international and regional organizations to space-based information and services relevant to disaster management to support the full disaster management cycle and will have a considerable impact on the way space-based information is used in dealing with disasters around the world 


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