2009 Ohio GIS Conference
Presentation Abstract and Biography

The International Charter

Richard Kotapish, Lake County

Mr. Kotapish, a GISP, has 22 years of experience implementing GIS for local govt. including geospatial implementations for the City of Cleveland, Geauga County and Lake County, Ohio. During Katrina, Mr. Kotapish worked for 2 weeks in the Mississippi EOC Control Room with GISCorps. He also is a member of the State of Ohio All-Hazards Type 3 Incident Management Team and is State of Ohio Project Manager for the International Charter. Mr. Kotapish is the leader of the GIS Users of Northern Ohio (GUONO).

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 4:05 PM - Track 3

International Charter: Space and Major Disasters The International Charter is a valuable resource for disaster response and recovery in Ohio. This presentation will showcase this international organization whereby most of the world's International Space Agencies provide no-cost remote sensing data to support disaster response. For instance, RadarSat data can show flooding depths, even through cloud cover. GeoEye and DigitalGlobe also participate in this program. Mr. Kotapish is currently the Program Manager for the State of Ohio and has recently returned from training to become authorized to manage and utilize these resources during a major emergency. This presentation will cover the history, operational processes and implementation protocols of the International Charter, show examples from the 200+ activations to date, discuss the multitude of satellite resources and describe the roles of various players in the process.