Solar Energy for Disaster Response using Space Program Resources
Satellite pictures, solar radiation levels on the earth's surface, Global Positioning Satellites (GPS) and other space-related resources are available through the efforts of many people and organizations. Satellites' measurements of these resources can be integrated with resources on earth to assess damage from disasters and evaluate resources available to respond. Space-related resources are currently being used by the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, county Emergency Managers and other organizations. The widest use is in evaluating utility resources and deploying them for repair and emergency power in response to a disaster. Today's use of state-of-the-art satellite and Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies saves time and is more effective in assisting the damage assessment decision making process during and following a disaster. The evaluation, use and deployment of solar power systems, such as photovoltaics, in response to a disaster will benefit and protect the general public when integrated into present utility and emergency management response programs.
Florida Solar Energy Center and Young, William, "Solar Energy for Disaster Response using Space Program Resources" (2007). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 469.