Branch Seminar Series: Aliou Dia

UN Office for Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs
Information from satellite remote sensing is a key input to the identification and response to disasters in West Africa, providing critical severity and prediction capabilities on a regional scale to reduce the impact of hazards on local communities. The region suffers from droughts, floods and ecoclimatically coupled diseases such as meningitis and malaria. Remote sensing data is used with thematic data to manage natural disasters in the region. This talk will provide an overview of the complex relationships between local and national governments and regional organizations such as ECOWAS and international organizations including the United Nations Office for Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). A recently funded project on the use of satellite-derived rainfall data with a high resolution digital elevation model in the USGS GeoSFM streamflow model in Saint Louis will be presented as a case study.