Use of EO Satellites in Support of Recovery from Major Disasters

Taking Stock and Moving Forward
A satellite image of a hurricane swirling over an island
October 2019

Improving our recovery efforts to bring about more resilient recovery is a critical step towards risk reduction. Building back better will improve the lives of those living with risk, and also reduce the impact of disasters in the future. This document is a conscious step in that direction. Born of the common desire across all contributing organizations to see more systematic use of satellites during the recovery process, its principal aim is to increase awareness of what is being done today, and also to raise the profile of opportunities for increased benefit.

This advocacy paper is the first step in a broader opportunity to collaborate on the establishment of a generic Recovery Observatory (RO) capability, which offers unique advantages to the international recovery community and warrants further exploration and development.