Why aid workers should be trained in satellite technology

American Red Cross staff and volunteers train to use satellite-based communications during disaster deployment. Photo by: Noé Hatchuel/American Red Cross.

BARCELONA — When a natural disaster or crisis hits, access to information is critical for those responding. Increasingly, satellites are being used to plug information gaps — providing communication via satellite phones, generating maps of affected areas through satellite imagery, and providing location services through satellite-enabled navigation applications.

However, experts told Devex that even as reliance on satellite technology grows, many aid workers are still not familiar with how it works and how it should be used — and this can sometimes get in the way of disaster response.

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    Rebecca Root

    Rebecca Root is a Reporter and Editorial Associate at Devex producing news stories, video, and podcasts as well as partnership content. She has a background in finance, travel, and global development journalism and has written for a variety of publications while living and working in New York, London, and Barcelona.