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 Overview2/6/2018193
Satellite Mapping Overview1/30/2018148
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/2018238
Satellite Mapping Overview1/16/2018196
Satellite Mapping Overview1/12/2018160
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/2017325
Satellite Mapping Overview12/12/2017254
Satellite Mapping Overview12/4/2017261
Satellite mapping overview 11/27/2017289
Satellite mapping overview 11/20/2017265
Satellite Mapping Overview11/15/2017303
Satellite Mapping Overview11/7/2017327
Satellite Mapping Overview10/31/2017323
Satellite Mapping Overview10/23/2017310
Satellite Mapping Overview10/17/2017297
Satellite Mapping Overview10/2/2017473
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017440
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017368
Satellite Mapping Overview9/15/2017676
Satellite Mapping Overview9/7/2017745
Satellite Mapping Overview8/29/2017614
Satellite Mapping Overview8/22/2017494
Satellite Mapping Overview8/15/2017445
Satellite Mapping Overview8/8/2017414
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/2017411
Satellite Mapping Overview7/24/2017497
Satellite Mapping Overview7/18/2017481
Satellite Mapping Overview7/11/2017481
Satellite Mapping Overview7/4/2017480
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017537
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017432
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017444
Satellite Mapping Overview6/22/2017515
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/2017578
Satellite Mapping Overview6/13/2017545
Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/20171978
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/20171163
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/20171021
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017979
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/20171071
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017977
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/20161177
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/20161240
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/20161075
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/20161346
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/20161324
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/20161097
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/20161149
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/20161174
Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/20161463
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/2016972
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/20161356
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161942
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/20161342
Satellite Mapping Overview6/21/20161233
Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/20161370
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20161503
Satellite Mapping Overview6/1/20161459
Satellite Mapping Overview5/24/20161404
Satellite Mapping Overview5/18/20161449
Satellite Mapping Overview5/10/20161431
Satellite Mapping Overview5/3/20161602
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161345
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161266
Satellite Mapping Overview4/14/20161698
Satellite Mapping Overview4/4/20161337
Satellite Mapping Overview3/30/20161230
Satellite Mapping Overview3/16/20161404
Satellite Mapping Overview3/8/20161316
Satellite Mapping Overview2/29/20161368
Satellite Mapping Overview2/23/20161366
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20161437
Satellite Mapping Overview2/9/20161463
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151641
Satellite Mapping Overview12/21/20151725
Satellite Mapping Overview12/11/20151560
Satellite Mapping Overview12/1/20151727
Satellite Mapping Overview11/24/20151588
Satellite Mapping Overview11/17/20151561
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20151619
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20151733
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20151673
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20151645
Satellite Mapping Overview10/6/20152183
Satellite Mapping Overview9/16/20152092
Satellite Mapping Overview9/8/20151782
Satellite Mapping Overview9/3/20151938
Satellite Mapping Overview8/25/20151857
Satellite Mapping Overview8/21/20151773
Satellite Mapping Overview8/11/20151968
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/20151778
Satellite Mapping Overview7/27/20151695
Satellite Mapping Overview7/14/20151781
Satellite Mapping Overview7/7/20151879
Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151857
Satellite Mapping Overview6/23/20151737
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/20151926
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20151878
Satellite Mapping Overview6/2/20151990
Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20151903
Satellite Mapping Overview5/19/20152182
Satellite Mapping Overview5/12/20152093
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20152217
Satellite Mapping Overview4/29/20152398
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20152680
Satellite Mapping Overview4/16/20152280
Satellite Mapping Overview4/8/20152036
Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20152220
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20152119
Satellite Mapping Overview3/17/20152058
Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20152046
Satellite Mapping Overview3/3/20152100
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20152088
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20152174
Satellite Mapping Overview2/10/20152196
Satellite Mapping Overview2/3/20151995
Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20152147
Satellite Mapping Overview1/21/20152114
Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20152175
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20152377
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20142262
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20142308
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20142252
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20142398
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20142160
Satellite Mapping Overview11/18/20142362
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20142579
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20142453
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20142520
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142663
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20142682
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143991
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142665
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20142952
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142840
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142543
Satellite Mapping Overview3/18/20142518
Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142734
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142700
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20143006
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20143092
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20143337
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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.