Satellites can be a vital communications element in case of emergencies or natural disasters. This is not only true for developing countries, but also for highly developed regions. As the example of the floods in Central Europe in 2002 have shown, even basic telecommunications services can become unavailable. During natural or man-made disasters, access to data from meteorological and remote sensing satellites is extremely important for assessing the situation.
Koudelka, Otto and Schrotter, Peter
"Satellite Services for Disaster Management and Security Applications,"
Online Journal of Space Communication: Vol. 8
, Article 3.
Available at: https://ohioopen.library.ohio.edu/spacejournal/vol8/iss14/3
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