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Civil Security: Understanding the Risks, Preventing Disasters, and Mitigating the Impacts with Earth Observation (EO) Applications and Services

National security is one of the engines of Canada’s activities in space. In recent years, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA, a CEOS Member Agency) advanced the field of civil security and disaster risk management in Canada through partnerships with industry, universities, and government. These partnerships focus on the needs of organizations working in the civil security field and promote the integration of operational Earth observation (EO) technologies and services, including data processing, methods, applications, demonstrations, and more. These innovations and solutions help us better understand disaster risks and mitigate the consequences of disasters, such as floods, forest fires, landslides, water pollution, train accidents, and coastal storms.

This workshop took place in the XVI Congress of the Quebec Association of Remote Sensing (AQT), on October 29, 2015, as part of the CEOS Working Group on Capacity Building & Data Democracy (WGCapD) Distance Education Course – Remote Sensing Technology for Disaster Risk Management.

Workshop Goals

  • To provide an update of EO missions and tools available to improve our understanding of disaster risks, prevention, and response
  • To demonstrate existing regional applications of satellite Earth observations and relevant services in the civil security field
  • To increase our knowledge about civil security as it pertains to disaster management

Presentations were in French and English, and highlighted the successful use and integration satellite Earth observations by various clients and end-users.

Recorded Sessions and Presentations:

Session 1
    • Guy Aube: 00m -3m20s
    • Hilcea Ferreira: 03m58s - 07m00s
    • Sylvie Daniel: 07m15s - 08m40s
    • Musical Introduction: 09m15s -11m55s
    • Constellation Radarsat et Sentinel-1 : mise à jour sur les missions et utilisations en prévention et réponse aux désastres: |Steve Iris, Pierre Potin: 13m00s - 29m27s
    • The Canadian Wildland Fire Monitoring System: A Microsatellite for Characterizing Wildfire Behaviour: Tim Lynham: 30m52s - 43m52s
    • L’observation de la Terre pour le support géomatique d’urgence au Gouvernement du Canada: Claude Auger: 45m05s - 59m40s
    • InSAR Monitoring of High Risk Geohazards Sites Along Strategic Transportation Corridors in Canada: Vernon Singhroy: 1h00m00s - 1h17m15s
    • L’observation de la Terre en soutient aux opérations de sécurité civile au Québec: Serge Légaré: 1h17m56s -1h32m30s
    • La géomatique ouverte et orientée service en sécurité civile au Québec: Nicolas Gignac: 1h33m05s - 1h44m04s
Session 2
    • SIPPS/ISTOP: Détection opérationnelle des pollutions marines à l’aide de RADARSAT-2: Benoît Montpetit: 00m58s -16m10s
    • Lac-Mégantic Remediation Monitoring: Suzanne Brunke: 17m22s - 31m06s
    • Du satellite à l’utilisateur : réduire les délais pour mieux répondre aux besoins en situation d'urgence: Mathieu Benoit: 31m48s -51m35s
    • Le PS-InSAR utilisé pour détecter l'influence des grottes dans une zone urbaine: Angus Calderhead: 52m15s - 1h05m10s
    • L’utilité de l’observation de la Terre dans la gestion des risques en santé publique: Stéphanie Brazeau: 1h05m46s - 1h21m39s