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Disasters are sudden, calamitous events that bring great damage, loss or destruction, whether through natural or technological causes. Typically, they cause loss of life and property and social and economic disruption.

They can be classified as:

  • exogenous (floods, drought, storms, landslides and avalanches);
  • endogenous (volcanism and earthquakes); and
  • anthropogenic or man-induced (collapse of structures, desertification, fires).

Disasters all follow a cycle (emergency management or disaster management cycle) which describes specific elements of a disaster, each with a different means of mitigation. The Emergency Management Cycle is an open ended process. The four phases comprising the cycle begin and end with mitigation, the ongoing attempt to limit or prohibit the effects of a disaster.

Satellites - whether for space-based Earth observation or communications and navigation - can play a dramatic role in saving lives and preventing or limiting property damage. Athena Global's experts can advise your organization on how to best profit from today's space-based products and benefit from the technologies currently under development for the disaster managers of tomorrow.

Athena Global recently created a Disaster Information Service Team to design better Earth observation solutions for real-time disaster response.