GIO EMS - Mapping provides all actors involved in the management of natural disasters, man-made emergency situations and humanitarian crises, with timely and accurate geospatial information derived from satellite remote sensing and completed by available in situ or open data sources.
The information generated by the service can be used as supplied (e.g. as digital or printed map outputs). It may be further combined with other data sources (e.g. as digital feature sets in a geographic information system). In both cases it may support geospatial analysis and decision making processes of emergency managers.
GIO EMS - Mapping is provided during all phases of the emergency management cycle, in either rush or non-rush mode, free of charge for the users. It can be activated only by authorised users.
Rush mode consists of the on-demand and fast provision (within hours or days) of geospatial information in support of emergency management activities immediately following an emergency event. The products are standardised. A large set of parameters are available, and the user can choose among them when placing a service request. There are three categories of products offered: Reference Maps, Delineation Maps (providing an assessment of the event extent) and Grading Maps (providing an assessment of the damage grade and its spatial distribution).
Non-rush mode consists of the on-demand provision of geospatial information in support of Emergency Management activities not related to immediate response. This applies in particular to activities dealing with prevention, preparedness, disaster risk reduction and recovery phases. There are three broad product categories: Reference Maps, Pre-disaster Situation Maps and Post-disaster Situation Maps.