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Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid



Every year, hundreds of millions of people are directly affected by natural disasters (such as, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, fires, storms and floods), technical accidents (like oil spills) and humanitarian crises. In Europe for instance, southern countries are regularly facing major wild fires whereas central Europe is often affected by severe flooding episodes.


Copernicus supports public authorities in all the phases of disaster management. Copernicus can support preparedness and prevention by providing data that helps to identify risks and prevent loss of lives and damages.


During the response phase, Copernicus supports civil protection operations by providing products like maps identifying the extent of the disaster (e.g. delineation of the flooded area) and the level of damage (e.g. destroyed buildings in case of an earthquake).


During the recovery phase, Copernicus can help to monitor the medium- and long-term impacts on environment, human safety and economy, and their evolution.


Copernicus EMS flood extent map of the area of Lazarevac, Serbia. The map shows the decrease of the flooded areas. Previously flooded areas are indicated in grey
(Credits: Copernicus Emergency Management Service).
Copernicus EMS map of Rio Mamore, Bolivia, providing an assessment of the vulnerability of the population to flooding
(Credits: Copernicus Emergency Management Service)


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