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”
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.