How Space Technology Applications Contributed to Combating COVID-19: Development of LAPAN Hub COVID-19

Experts at the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) developed the LAPAN Hub COVID-19 to integrate satellite-derived, geospatial and statistical data in a user-friendly interface designed to help decision makers identify high risk areas. This risk data is delivered to the government and public rapidly, in near-real time, and continuously through a reliable platform. To share the experiences and methodology with other country and city counterparts, experts at LAPAN worked in collaboration with ESCAP, to jointly developed a manual and delivered a workshop and training to participants across multiple sectors in Asia and the Pacific.

Within the LAPAN Hub COVID-19 many kinds of data are overlaid and mapped to identify high-risk areas for COVID-19. The LAPAN approach also helps transform tables of statistical data into information that can easily be seen on an informative map. It can also help identify where underlying inequalities are exacerbating the challenges posed by COVID-19.

This platform is an example of the value integrating satellite- derived, geospatial and statistical data into a common format and visualizing it on a map. Practices like this hub support implementation of the Asia- Pacific Plan of Action on Space Applications for Sustainable Development (2018–2030).

To further help communicate the innovative approach, an illustrated story was developed: How Space Technology Applications Contributed to Combating COVID-19: Development of LAPAN Hub COVID-19. It aims to provide a better understand of how data integration contributes in responding to COVID-19 risks in an easy-to-read format.