Our Mission

Revolutionizing disaster response and community resilience via
space technology

The Earth from Space Institute (EfSI) is dedicated to supporting the development of long-term strategies for reducing disaster risk and promoting community resilience, using the unique vantage point of space.

What We Do
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Disaster Response

The Earth from Space Institute (EfSI) uses data obtained from Space and converts them into useful information that makes disaster response quick and efficient. Using satellite data, EfSI maps the impacts of a disaster to community lifelines, providing first responders with actionable information in 3 hours instead of days. Read more...

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Recovery Planning

Empowered with the right scientific data, the Earth from Space Institute enables relief organizations to understand the human factors that influence how disaster recovery efforts are targeted. For example, EfSI uses its geospatial capabilities to quickly identify and establish priority areas targeting vulnerable populations. Read more..

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Climate-Smart Solutions

Data from the Earth from Space Institute offer a new and enhanced way of mitigating future risk. Satellite-based synthesis is essential in creating resilience in communities, and our data also offer information on how vulnerability changes in the future while helping identify solutions to reduce humanity’s impact on Earth's climate. Read more ...

We Embrace the Power of Partnerships

The Earth from Space Institute brings together private sector, academic, government, social and philanthropic leaders to build innovative partnerships and technologies resulting in a powerful impact.

- We devise adaptation strategies to sustain our infrastructure and economic prosperity.

- We aim to redefine the earth science mission by zeroing in on the impacts on frontline and vulnerable communities and fundamentally changing the way scientists approach global development challenges.

- We identify and bridge research gaps.

How We Work
Scientific Expertise

We combine our fundamental knowledge and deep understanding of technical resources available – data sources, availability, applicability, limitations, underlying physical principles, scientific models, predictions, and timelines – with our foundational connection to space agencies and research programs.

Partnerships

We identify and bridge research and user communities who can benefit from the knowledge we connect, understand their needs, and engage them in defining requirements for applied research and field programs.

Applied Research

Moving from data, to information, to knowledge, to understanding, to informed decisions, to societal benefit in the context of the problems we seek to address. We combine physical and socioeconomic data from our partners, to add value for the stakeholders served.

Field Programs

We accelerate the transition of the applied research to the real world, with a portfolio of operational products that meet response and long-term recovery needs, with the associated management, governance, and assessments of impact.

Capacity Building

We sponsor workshops, seminars, symposia, and local town halls for grassroots engagement in the communities served.

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