The European Commission funded Network of Excellence (NoE) on Global Monitoring for Stability and Security – GMOSS- undertook a 36 hour near real-time exercise (10-11.10.2006) on applying satellite imagery and other geospatial technologies for supporting emergency response in Europe.
The Division of Human-Centered Systems together with the Centre for Satellite Based Crisis Information (ZKI) of the German Aerospace Center and the "Centre National d'Études Spatiales" (CNES) were responsible for the planning, execution and evaluation of the exercise.
The objectives of the exercise were:
More than 20 European organisations and over 50 participants trained the collaborative response to a scenario simulating a potential release of radioactive substances over a confined region in Europe. Three sub-teams of scientists and emergency response personnel spread out over Europe worked in parallel in order to respond to the scenario. The teams were provided with satellite imagery, sensor data as well as further geographical information, and were mandated to extract and provide up-to-date information on infrastructure, urban areas and land cover. The information was generated in the form of maps, reports and statistics.