IKONOS aids assessment of forest fire damages in Portugal

IKONOS aids assessment of forest fire damages in Portugal

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After the devastating forest fires in Portugal, there is a strong need to assess the dimensions of the disaster and to coordinate the aid efforts. European Space Imaging collected high-resolution IKONOS satellite images of the affected regions in Portugal on Sunday, 17th August and coordinated first evaluations and analysis with the German Aerospace Center (DLR).The IKONOS imagery allows for objects as large as 80 centimeters to be clearly distinguished and gives a very detailed overview of the degree of damage in the areas ravaged by the forest fires. The images show that not only large areas of forests and agricultural land have been affected, but also many towns and villages. The satellite imagery and the results of the first analysis have already been supplied to the Portuguese Civil Protection. The information extraction will be continued at DLR in support of the Portuguese Government. The close collaboration between European Space Imaging and DLR enables a fast mapping and analysis of the impacts of such a natural disaster using high-resolution satellite imagery.