European Space Agency (ESA) Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cloud processing wildfire project

Contact Information

Norman Mueller

norman.mueller @ga.gov.au

EMSINA's 5 Capability Questions

Q1: What is the Project Scope / What is trying to be solved?

The AI4EO project is a joint European Space Agency and commercial project in CGI, to deliver operation burn extent and severity products, with a new focus to support emergency response in Australia. The aim is to deliver operational products from satellite imagery, using the European Copernicus program.

Q2: What will be available to the EM community / decision makers at the end of your project?

The products will include burn scars and burn severity in as close to Real Time as possible.

Q3: How will the EM Sector access the results?

Products will be delivered via online services to suit the COPs of emergency management agencies

Q4: What are the main hurdles faced in completing your Project?

Many hurdles face any project involving satellite imagery for emergency response. Latency between satellite capture and delivery, ability to target the correct location and ability to change as an emergency progresses are key technical challenges. More important issues lie around trust and communications. There will be a great deal of user engagement required before emergency managers are comfortable with new products such as these.

Q5: What input data / work do you need from jurisdictions?

The jurisdictions have already provided excellent feedback and advice, bringing the project as far as it is. These feedback have been incorporated into the first draft reports on progress and are helping to steer the development. In future further engagement will be required as the products are reviewed by stakeholders to ensure fitness for purpose.

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