UK: Serious flooding in parts of UK has prompted the government to activate the global charter on space and natural disasters. The aim is to provide agencies with immediate access to satellite imagery to help them respond to the problems caused by the stormy weather. A dozen spacecraft have now been tasked with acquiring pictures of various locations in the UK at a range of resolutions and in a spread of wavelengths, from optical all the way through to microwave radar.
Many of the world's space agencies are signatories to the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters. Initiated back in 2000 by ESA, and the French (CNES) and Canadian (CSA) space agencies, it provides access now to tens of satellites in space, ensuring that some assets are always in the right orbit at the right time to capture vital pictures. The UK Space Agency is a key player in the charter, too. It works with the Disaster Monitoring Constellation International Imaging (DMCii) company based in Guildford, Surrey. DMCii currently manages four imaging satellites in its own network, including the UK-DMC2 platform which carries a multi-spectral camera with a resolution of 22m.