EROS Imagery Helping Victims of Typhoon
by Brian Kirk, Meteorologist/Reporter
November 12, 2013 5:29 PM
Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 7th. Winds topped out at just less than 200 mph and the storm surge raised the surface of the ocean by 20 feet.
With the infrastructure wiped out, and aid beginning to arrive, international organizations have sought help on where the greatest need is, and choosing the best routes to get there. EROS Data Center, just north of Sioux Falls, is leading the way.
Frank Kelly, the Director of EROS, knows the importance of the laboratory, "It allows them to focus on the things they need to do, and they know the imagery is available, whether it’s from the Land-Sat satellite or other satellites from around the world. The world cooperates to make this happen, and a lot of it happens right here at EROS."
The libratory operates two of its own personal satellites, but this disaster has called on as many satellites as possible to help out.
"We host the Hazard Data Distribution system which is a tool that many of the international community rely on to get their data during disasters," said Brenda Jones, the Disaster Response Coordinator for EROS.
Eros is being sent images from all across the skies, trying to piece the images together to help those with the aid navigate and plan their next move.
Jones continues, “We've been a member of the International Charter since 2005, and the charter is a organization that allows sharing very expensive satellite imagery at no cost."
Super computers, an army of scientists, and IT technicians then publish those images to a central website, so rescue groups aren't wasting their time looking for aerial images.
EROS is helping typhoon survivors from over 400 miles above the earth.