// Having data from Fathom provided the rapid assessment team confidence in the damage numbers being reported on the ground.
As the damage assessment on the ground is done in a very short timeframe, it is extremely useful to have the damage looked at from a different perspective. The outputs are from a global model; however, for understanding the order of magnitude it is extremely useful.
Normally running models are time consuming, however if available quickly and at a reasonable cost, this type of data is extremely useful; in the initial aftermath of the event it is important to get a feel for the scale of the impact and also during the assessment to have confidence in the numbers being reported on the ground. //
Keiko Saito /