Copernicus EMS Rapid Mapping activated for monitoring typhoon Mangkhut

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm of 2018 according to meteorologists, swept through the Philippines, Hong Kong and Southern China, leaving behind a path of destruction and mayhem.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service is activated for Typhoon Mangkhut the second time and the EMS rapid mapping teams worked over the weekend to produce emergency maps over fifteen Areas of Interest (AoIs). All of the produced delineation maps show large areas affected by floods.

Dr Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission said: “Our Copernicus Emergency Management Service demonstrates once more its truly global dimension: we are mapping simultaneously the aftermath of Hurricane Florence for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency and the floods resulting from Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. Teams have been working in shifts throughout the weekend and over 35 maps have already been delivered to support relief efforts on the ground”.

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