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Pathfinder, Volume 7, Number 6, November/December 2009

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GEOINT Saves Lives -- Global Humanitarian Support and Disaster Relief Washingtonian magazine, in its November 2009 issue, showcased NGA as one of the 50 great places to work in the Washington, D.C. area and one of five federal agencies featured. We were recognized for, among other things, our challenging work and mission and how much of a difference we are making. One example of our mission responsibilities is our support to global humanitarian and disaster relief operations. When manmade or natural disasters strike, geospatial intelligence GEOINT saves lives. NGA delivers detailed maps and analysis of damage, routes and infrastructure -- whatever crisis teams need to get supplies and relief to where they are needed and to minimize loss of life. By providing a unique perspective to understanding the Earth, GEOINT provides the situational awareness required to expedite the disaster-relief and humanitarian-assistance mission. NGA reports on a range of disasters and other crises, from earthquakes and hurricanes to the movement of refugees and internally displaced persons. GEOINT provides the context from beginning to end -- meaning that GEOINT guides meteorological forecasts, identifies physical changes to the Earth and aids in understanding and responding in the aftermath of catastrophic events. We identify, collect, use and share relevant GEOINT data. If a disaster appears imminent, we gather the specific data and information necessary to support partner organizations -- like the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security -- that may become involved in the relief effort. Once a crisis occurs, we provide that information to decision makers to help them determine the size and scope of the disaster and guide them in managing their response.

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  • Seismology
  • Operations Research

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