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Environmental Justice Needs Assessment for Disasters: Assessing the Landscape and Capacity of Organizations & Communities Working Towards Environmental Justice with Potential to Use NASA Earth Observations to Support Equitable Disaster Management and Risk Reduction
Natural disasters pose an increasing risk to communities worldwide. Marginalized populations, in particular, experience compounding vulnerabilities that contribute to unequal burdens of natural hazards as a result of systemic inequality stemming from historical disenfranchisement, disinvestment, and discriminatory policies such as racial redlining. This project connected with community organizations working at the intersection of environmental justice (EJ) and natural disaster management throughout the United States, to assess how NASA DEVELOP can leverage geospatial science to advance EJ efforts. Our team conducted a landscape analysis, which included a literature review, annotated bibliography, and identification of organizations working in EJ and disasters. We engaged EJ organizations in discussions to understand their current resources, challenges, and geospatial needs to inform how DEVELOP and NASA Applied Sciences can support their EJ and disaster work. Findings were compiled in a synthesis report and visualized in an ArcGIS StoryMap to showcase the work of EJ organizations, provide geospatial resources for them to explore, and provide examples of how remote sensing can be utilized in EJ and disasters work. The knowledge gained and end products created support the integration of EJ in future DEVELOP projects, and the expanded use of Earth observations by communities in support of a more just tomorrow.
Document ID
Document Type
Other - 2022 Spring DEVELOP Technical Paper
Julianne Liu
(Science Systems & Applications, Inc. Hampton, VA, USA)
Emma Cooper
(Science Systems & Applications, Inc. Hampton, VA, USA)
Natasha Johnson-Griffin
(Science Systems & Applications, Inc. Hampton, VA, USA)
Keegan Kessler
(Science Systems & Applications, Inc. Hampton, VA, USA)
Date Acquired
May 2, 2022
Publication Date
May 23, 2022
Subject Category
Earth Resources And Remote Sensing
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 970315.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
Technical Review
Professional Review

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