In 2021, disasters triggered by different types of hazards impacted developed and developing countries around the world. Different regions of the United States were impacted by tornados, hurricanes, heatwaves, oils spills, and forest fires. Germany, Belgium, and Luxemburg saw unprecedented floods and other countries like India, Sudan, Togo, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Bolivia, and China also experienced floods. Severe forest fires impacted Greece, Algeria, Turkey, Paraguay, the Russian Federation; while volcanic eruptions impacted Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guatemala, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated 48 times during this year to contribute to disaster response efforts due to these and other disasters.
The NASA Disasters Programme bridges the gap between the Earth observation scientists and institutions engaged in disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. The programme helps disaster management agencies in the United States and in other countries of the world to use of space-based technologies to address the challenges posed by natural and technological hazards.
At the end of 2021, the programme launched its web-based publication called "Remembering 2021's Disasters". This publication features information on the status of global warming around the planet and provides information on the activities implemented by the programme in the case of 19 disasters in different countries of the world. It showcases how the programme is supporting 10 research projects through the NASA Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Science (ROSES) initiative and comments on collaborations with partners. View this publication in this link.