Ontario and Quebec have been hit hard by spring flooding and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is helping by providing emergency responders with satellite imagery from Canada’s own RADARSAT-2 and from other international satellites as part of the International Charter, Space and Major Disasters.
In a statement released by the CSA they say “the Canadian Space Agency has submitted, on behalf of Public Safety Canada, priority orders for 27 RADARSAT-2 images since April 20, 2017, to support flood monitoring around the Ottawa/Gatineau area, the Richelieu River, Lac des Deux Montagnes and Lac St-Pierre. RADARSAT-2 images are used by the Emergency Geomatics Services (EGS) of Natural Resources Canada.”
“The International Charter on Space and Major Disasters is a joint effort to put space technology at the service of rescue and emergency responders in the event of a major disaster. When the Charter is activated, its members make satellite images of devastated regions available to support relief efforts. With reliable and accurate information, response teams are better equipped to save lives and limit damage to property, infrastructure and the environment. The Canadian Space Agency is a founding member of the Charter.”
— CanadianSpaceAgency (@csa_asc) May 9, 2017
— Ville de Gatineau (@ville_gatineau) May 11, 2017
— Ville de Montréal (@MTL_Zoom) May 10, 2017
An area that suffered extensive flooding in October is again under water today. pic.twitter.com/JDAs8VMadU
— Kyle Moore (@KyleMooreCTV) May 10, 2017