EO-based services to support humanitarian operations: monitoring population and natural resources in refugee/IDP camps

Short Description

Population displacement due to armed conflicts, regional crisis, or natural disasters often leads to large-scale, highly dynamic settlements which challenge humanitarian relief operations. During crisis situations up-to date, targeted and reliable information on population numbers and densities, potential groundwater reservoirs and the impact on the local environment is required for mission planning as well as for the day-to-day operation of refugee and/or IDP (internally displaced person) camps.

The acquisition of in-situ spatial data in these often remotely located camp surroundings is challenging and sometimes even dangerous. Thus the CARE project aims at developing pre-operational services to support humanitarian operations during crisis situations by means of dedicated geo-spatial information products derived from Earth observation (EO) and GIS data. The developed products will be provided as maps, online web services and reports and will be fully validated by the user in terms of their relevance and usability.

Project Partners


University of Salzburg

Project partner

Ärzte ohne Grenzen - Médecins Sans Frontiéres Austria

Contact Address

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg
Kapitelgasse 4
A-5020 Salzburg
Web: www.plus.ac.at

Ärzte ohne Grenzen Österreich
Taborstraße 10
A-1020 Wien
Web: www.aerzte-ohne-grenzen.at