The Emergency Management Service - Mapping
Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) Mapping started in February 2015. It represents the next EMS phase of GMES Initial Operations (GIO). The EMS - Mapping consists of a set of mapping services funded by the European Commission.
The Copernicus EMS Mapping addresses, with a worldwide coverage, a wide range of emergency situations resulting from natural or man-made disasters. The satellite imagery is used as a main data source about disasters. It covers in particular:
- Severe Storms
- Technological disasters
- Volcanic eruptions
- Humanitarian crises
Copernicus EMS - Mapping provides all actors involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations and humanitarian crises, with timely and accurate geospatial information derived from satellite remote sensing and completed by available in situ or open data sources.
The Service is provided during all phases of the emergency management cycle, in two temporal modes, and free of charge for the users:
- Rapid Mapping consists of the on-demand and fast provision (within hours or days) of geospatial information in support of emergency management activities immediately following an emergency event. The products are standardised. There are three categories of maps offered: Reference Maps, Delineation Maps (providing an assessment of the event extent) and Grading Maps (providing an assessment of the damage grade and its spatial distribution).
- Risk and Recovery Mapping consists of the on-demand provision of geospatial information in support of Emergency Management activities not related to immediate response. This applies in particular to activities dealing with prevention, preparedness, disaster risk reduction and recovery phases. There are three broad product categories: Reference Maps, Pre-disaster Situation Maps and Post-disaster Situation Maps.