100th activation of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, Risk and Recovery Mapping (CEMS RRM), 3 August
Embedded in these 100 activations, the service, operational for more than eight years, has delivered more than 700 products (712 as of 01/07/2021) related to disaster preparedness and recovery, for 43 countries around the world, 19 European and 24 non-European.
With these first 100 activations, the RRM service has produced disaster management information for a substantial number of actual and potential disaster event types:
- Floods (19 activations, 20% of total)
- Wildfires (18, 19%)
- Humanitarian aid (12, 12%)
- Ground deformation, windstorms, industrial accidents/explosion, volcanic activity, tsunamis, mass movements, rockfalls, droughts, avalanches, and more.
Success of faster product delivery: from 2020, a new framework contract introduced the STANDARD RRM products, an evolution of the service designed to deliver the results of an activation faster and more effective STANDARD RRM offers the authorized users a portfolio of 20+ products with standardized production methodologies that represent a pool of the most requested risk and recovery products. FLEX RRM products can involve weeks or months of analysis before product delivery. However, this remains a crucial option for specialised and tailor-made activation requests.
Crucial information for disaster and risk management globally: the expansion of the RRM service reflects the broad-based usefulness of RRM for delivering accurate results related to preparedness, building resilience and recovery from a wide range of disaster events. RRM has successfully aligned its efforts with the other CEMS components to deliver comprehensive information on disasters using Earth Observation data. Whether it be preparing a region for a volcanic lava flow or supporting national authorities with information to understand the impact in the immediate aftermath of a catastrophic industrial explosion.
Activation n. 100: this CEMS Risk and Recovery Standard activation has been requested to provide a damage assessment (“delineation” and “grading” products) over La Rioja region in Spain, which was affected by forest fire events on 18 July 2021. The fires started in the afternoon of the 18th and were extinguished on 19 July. During the event, forest fires affected natural areas in the region of La Rioja, in Northeastern Spain. It is estimated that more than 200 hectares of woodland areas have burned between the Rioja municipalities of Villarroya, Quel and Autol, but it was managed to save Mount Yerga, in Autol, and the protected area of the Carrascal de Villarroya. Local news reported that no inhabited areas were in danger.
The Copernicus programme: Copernicus, the European Earth Observation and Monitoring Programme, is served by dedicated satellites (the family of Copernicus Sentinels) and a set of Contributing Missions (additional satellites from existing commercial and national agencies). Since the launch of Sentinel-1A in 2014, the European Union set in motion a process to place a constellation of almost 20 more satellites in orbit before 2030. Today, seven fully operational Sentinel satellites (Sentinel-1A and -B, Sentinel-2A and -B, Sentinel-3A and -B and Sentinel-5P) are in orbit to continually provide operational satellite information. This satellite data is complemented by and validated with in situ data. Six Copernicus Services transform the full, free and open data into value-added information by processing and analysing the data to transform them into services and products such as informative maps, data sets and reports. These six services are: 1. The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service 2. The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service 3. The Copernicus Land Monitoring Service 4. The Copernicus Climate Change Service 5. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service 6. The Copernicus Security Service Copernicus is coordinated and managed by DG GROW in the European Commission. It is implemented in partnership with the EU Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), EU Agencies and Mercator Ocean. The European Commission Joint Research Centre offers the technical support of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service whilst the Emergency Response Coordination Centre of DG ECHO assists civil protection actors with the handling of the Emergency Management Service mapping requests on a 24/7 basis.