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The GMES Emergency services are grouped together under an umbrella project called Safer (Services and Applications for Emergency Response). The emergency management service addresses, with a worldwide coverage, a wide range of emergency situations resulting from natural or man-made disasters. It covers in particular:


The flood service platform covers both the plain flood and the flash flood risk analysis. This platform provides services at European level. The Plain Flood Risk Management service provides decision-making tools which include the mapping of past floods, potential flood damage maps and flood information service. The Flash Flood service must be considered as a demonstrator service to be implemented within the framework of each local or national hydro-meteorological operator having specific responsibilities in a country, region or basin prone to flash floods. More about the Floods service.


The fire services include Fire Monitoring at Middle Resolution (FMM), Burnt Scar Mapping (BSM) and Global Fire Risk (GFR). The Fire Monitoring at Middle Resolution (FMM) service provides hot spots as well as a rapid mapping of burnt areas. The Burnt Scar Mapping (BSM) service provides burnt scars maps based on high resolution imagery fom space. These maps help users in analysing fire impacts, performing vegetation damage assessment and designing recovery plans. The Global Fire Risk (GFR) service provides forecast of danger maps. This service is especially useful to support prevention activities, with special emphasis during the fire campaign, allowing the user to know the identification and evaluation of the risk area. More about the service...


Landslide services cover Landslide Inventory Mapping (LIM), Landslide Monitoring (LM), Rapid Landslide Mapping (RLSM) and Real-Time Shallow Landslide Forecasting (RSLF). The Landslide Inventory Mapping (LIM) service reports on the spatial distribution of past landslides. It covers large areas (few thousands square kilometres). The Landslide Monitoring (LM) service reports on the past ground movements of single large landslides affecting built-up areas with a high risk level. The Rapid Landslide Mapping (RLSM) service offers rapid mapping capacities when a landslide has occurred. The Real-Time Shallow Landslide Forecasting (RSLF) service provides assessment maps consisting of a near real-time prediction of the occurrence of shallow landslides at large scale. More about the service...

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

The earthquake monitoring and damage assessment service provides soil displacement maps for the prevention phase. During crisis phases, it also monitors co-seismic displacements and performs damage detection in urban areas.

The volcanoes-related service addresses risk management during the whole management crisis cycle (pre-crisis / crisis / post crisis). More about the service...

Humanitarian Crisis

The service provides information capabilities to support early warning, urgent assistance, relief operations, humanitarian aid and reconstruction activities. In particular, it provides a rapid mapping capacity when crisis occur and supports preparatory activities through the collection and mapping of spatial and socio-economic data. More about the service...


In addition there are several emergency downstream services being established in the period 2010 - 2013 as pre-operational services:

  • European Volcano Observatory Space Services, EVOSS
  • Ground Deformation Risk Scenarios: an Advanced Assessment Service, DORIS
  • Assessing and Monitoring Subsidence Hazards in Coastal Lowland around Europe, SubCoast

A project called GMES and Africa: Regional Network for information Exchange and Training in Emergencies, Garnet-E focuses on international cooperation with GMES Africa. The project runs from 2010 to 2012.

The GEO-Pictures project, which runs from 2010 to 2012, aims to add field observations and images to GMES Earth observation maps. It links a preparatory action intended to support the operational use of GMES Emergency Response Service products across the EU. The project will run until the end of 2011.

A GSE ESA funded project called Terrafirma will run until end of 2012. It complements the emergency and downstream services by providing civil protection agencies, disaster management organisms, and coastal, rail and motorway authorities with support in the process of risk assessment and mitigation by using the latest technology to measure terrain motion from satellite radar data.

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