International Working Group on Satellite based Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM)
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International Working Group on Satellite based Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM)

The IWG-SEM is the voluntary group of organizations involved in satellite based emergency mapping. It was founded in April 2012 based on the suggestions from an initial meeting organized by DLR in Hohenkamer in September 2011. The group agreed to have yearly rotating chair who takes care of the agenda. Currently the chairmanship is with the Center for Satellite based Emergency Mapping of the Germany Aerospace Center (DLR/ZKI).

The group meets two times a year during the meetings organized by one of the members. During the meetings the group  reviews of the what has been achieved and defines the steps forward. Furthermore the monthly regular teleconferences are held for discussions on particular matters of the group.

Vision and Mission of IWG-SEM

During the first meeting  in April 2012, the group defined its general direction through following vision:

“Supporting disaster response by improving international cooperation in satellite based emergency mapping”

Its working program was defined by this mission statement:

Establish best practices between operational satellite-based emergency mapping programs, stimulate communication and collaboration, support the definition of emergency mapping guidelines, strengthen the sharing of expertise and capacities and review relevant technical standards as well as protocols. Work with the appropriate organizations to define professional standards for emergency mapping

Membership policy

The International Working Group on Satellite Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM) is open to membership by representatives of not-for-profit organizations active in Satellite Emergency Mapping. Interested Representative Professional Associations that promote the use of satellite technology for emergency management activities are also invited to actively contribute to the Group's efforts (through a representative from the Association staff).

Please contact Stefan Voigt for additional information on IWG-SEM membership and activities.

 Public Documents
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Emergency Mapping Guidelines

IWG-SEM compiled its first deliverable - Emergency Mapping Guidelines. The aim of the guidelines is to help support an effective exchange and harmonization of emergency mapping efforts leading to improved possibilities for cooperation amongst involved Emergency Mapping Organizations. This will facilitate the convergence of the mapping procedures and thematic content across production teams in response organizations, especially in the early response phases of disaster events. By enabling easier exchange, merging and quality checking of individual data/information layers generated by more than one Emergency Mapping Organization, the final goal of enhancing coordination and community effectiveness can be achieved among those willing to engage.

The current version of the Guidelines can be downloaded here.

 Contact
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For any inquires, please contact stefan.voigt@dlr.de

 Participants
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Detailed List
CNES
DFO
DLR
EC-ENTR
EC-ECHO
EC-JRC
ESA
SsBCh
GWU
GEO
HRW
ITHACA
ICIMOD
JAXA
NASA
NSRDA
PDC
RCMRD/SERVIR
RECTAS
RIT
SERTIT
UNITAR/UNOSAT
UN WFP
UNOOSA/UN-SPIDER
UNU-EHS
USGS/EROS
WB

 Members Area
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Working documents and teleconferences are available here

If you would like to access the working documents of the group,please contact iwg-sem@jrc.ec.europa.eu