Combining maps, data, and local knowledge to improve humanitarian response

Published by the media outlet Devex as part of its Data for Development series, this article discusses the benefits of space-based information products for disaster management. At the same time, it underlines the relevance of combining satellite data with local knowledge. By integrating Earth observation with in situ data, practical applications for humanitarian action can be improved. Artificial intelligence applications, which are becoming more accessible, help mining into growing volumes of data to create knowledge products for decision-makers.

The article features comments by the head of the UN-SPIDER Bonn office, Juan Carlos Villagran, on the use of space-based information products for early warning and disaster response. It is available online at