Satellite imagery for rapid mapping
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In the past 10 years, the value of satellite derived maps for emergency response has been proven, and large programmes have been developed to create services able to respond to the stringent requirements of crisis management. These programmes include the International Charter, the European Copernicus Emergency Management Service, and the UN's Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), along several national and private services. These services produce many maps in the aftermath of sudden onset disasters.

In response to GDACS stakeholder workshops, it became clear that users are confused by the amount of maps and do not have the time to critically select the map that best suits their needs. As a result, satellite maps are not used at their full potential. Therefore, a working group was set up, lead by UNOSAT, to define mechanisms to moderate lists of available maps in order to create a short list, continuously updated, with the most complete, most recent and most relevant maps for emergency operations.

 Satellite Mapping Overview
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New Service

As agreed in the November 2013 GDACS Steering Committee meeting, UNOSAT produces a regular summary of relevant satellite mapping activities.

This summary is compiled by the GDACS mapping & satellite imagery coordination mechanism, operated by the UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT). When referring to this summary, please credit: GDACS, UNITAR/UNOSAT. For comments, questions and to submit information on satellite image derived products, please contact: maps@gdacs.org.

 TitleModified DateClicks
Satellite Mapping Overview9/15/2017252
Satellite Mapping Overview9/7/2017385
Satellite Mapping Overview8/29/2017249
Satellite Mapping Overview8/22/2017157
Satellite Mapping Overview8/15/2017158
Satellite Mapping Overview8/8/2017150
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/2017131
Satellite Mapping Overview7/24/2017222
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Satellite Mapping Overview7/11/2017211
Satellite Mapping Overview7/4/2017221
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017252
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Satellite Mapping Overview6/22/2017248
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/2017283
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Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/2017771
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/2017606
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017597
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/2017703
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017639
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/2016757
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/2016810
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/2016687
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/2016940
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/2016915
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/2016740
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016798
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Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/20161035
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/2016695
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/2016949
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161571
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/2016974
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Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/2016998
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Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151384
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Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151567
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Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20151879
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20151768
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Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20151753
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Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20151809
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Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20151774
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Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20151866
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20151980
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20141920
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20141940
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20141917
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20142022
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20141842
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Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143693
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142371
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Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142280
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Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142357
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20142707
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20142718
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20142947
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 Map providers
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Map providers can contact us for including their compatible RSS feed of latest maps in the GDACS feed. Note that many maps might already be in existing feeds, like the ReliefWeb map feed.

For information on GDACS RSS map standards, click here. Basic elements include:

  • GLIDE number, or
  • event type code (2 letter GLIDE code) and iso3 country code
 Filtered maps (temporary)
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The filtered map component is currently in development - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A process for moderating map feeds is currently being set up in experimental mode.