On 8 November Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines Islands. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service was immediately activated and delivered the first damage assessment maps for the Haiyan typhoon.
On 8 November Typhoon Haiyan destroyed homes, schools and an airport in the eastern city of Tacloban. The Copernicus Emergency Management Service was immediately activated and started the delivery of the first damage assessment maps for the Haiyan typhoon. Initially, flood maps based on the latest radar technology were planned on the basis of the forecasted path of the typhoon. Radar technology allows observation of the earth's surface, oceans and glaciers in all weather conditions, by day and night. Radar based maps were produced soon after the imagery was acquired. On Sunday morning, very high resolution imagery over Tacloban city, one of the hardest hit areas, was discovered in the image archives which allowed the generation of very detailed damage assessment maps over the city. These data are made available to authorized users such as civil protection agencies (or authorities), NGOs and relevant organisations.