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 Overview4/16/201842
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/201891
Satellite Mapping Overview3/20/2018295
Satellite Mapping Overview3/5/2018320
Satellite Mapping Overview2/28/2018211
Satellite Mapping Overview2/20/2018248
Satellite Mapping Overview2/6/2018398
Satellite Mapping Overview1/30/2018325
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/2018410
Satellite Mapping Overview1/16/2018382
Satellite Mapping Overview1/12/2018320
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/2017498
Satellite Mapping Overview12/12/2017438
Satellite Mapping Overview12/4/2017439
Satellite mapping overview 11/27/2017452
Satellite mapping overview 11/20/2017418
Satellite Mapping Overview11/15/2017463
Satellite Mapping Overview11/7/2017487
Satellite Mapping Overview10/31/2017481
Satellite Mapping Overview10/23/2017451
Satellite Mapping Overview10/17/2017450
Satellite Mapping Overview10/2/2017636
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017601
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017535
Satellite Mapping Overview9/15/2017851
Satellite Mapping Overview9/7/2017925
Satellite Mapping Overview8/29/2017774
Satellite Mapping Overview8/22/2017653
Satellite Mapping Overview8/15/2017591
Satellite Mapping Overview8/8/2017557
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/2017558
Satellite Mapping Overview7/24/2017641
Satellite Mapping Overview7/18/2017650
Satellite Mapping Overview7/11/2017631
Satellite Mapping Overview7/4/2017626
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017689
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017586
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Satellite Mapping Overview6/22/2017683
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/2017741
Satellite Mapping Overview6/13/2017699
Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/20172148
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/20171333
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/20171198
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/20171144
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/20171224
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/20171136
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/20161342
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/20161416
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/20161246
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/20161509
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/20161502
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/20161251
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/20161308
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Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/20161644
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/20161118
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/20161532
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20162104
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/20161502
Satellite Mapping Overview6/21/20161382
Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/20161558
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20161685
Satellite Mapping Overview6/1/20161613
Satellite Mapping Overview5/24/20161579
Satellite Mapping Overview5/18/20161612
Satellite Mapping Overview5/10/20161583
Satellite Mapping Overview5/3/20161754
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161483
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161418
Satellite Mapping Overview4/14/20161857
Satellite Mapping Overview4/4/20161484
Satellite Mapping Overview3/30/20161371
Satellite Mapping Overview3/16/20161543
Satellite Mapping Overview3/8/20161454
Satellite Mapping Overview2/29/20161505
Satellite Mapping Overview2/23/20161515
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20161585
Satellite Mapping Overview2/9/20161598
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151778
Satellite Mapping Overview12/21/20151878
Satellite Mapping Overview12/11/20151695
Satellite Mapping Overview12/1/20151878
Satellite Mapping Overview11/24/20151718
Satellite Mapping Overview11/17/20151680
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20151757
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20151870
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20151816
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20151778
Satellite Mapping Overview10/6/20152368
Satellite Mapping Overview9/16/20152240
Satellite Mapping Overview9/8/20151922
Satellite Mapping Overview9/3/20152089
Satellite Mapping Overview8/25/20152007
Satellite Mapping Overview8/21/20151920
Satellite Mapping Overview8/11/20152141
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/20151918
Satellite Mapping Overview7/27/20151820
Satellite Mapping Overview7/14/20151913
Satellite Mapping Overview7/7/20152012
Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151984
Satellite Mapping Overview6/23/20151854
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/20152053
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20152005
Satellite Mapping Overview6/2/20152135
Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20152045
Satellite Mapping Overview5/19/20152332
Satellite Mapping Overview5/12/20152236
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20152351
Satellite Mapping Overview4/29/20152548
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20152815
Satellite Mapping Overview4/16/20152432
Satellite Mapping Overview4/8/20152176
Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20152368
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20152261
Satellite Mapping Overview3/17/20152190
Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20152184
Satellite Mapping Overview3/3/20152238
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20152219
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20152293
Satellite Mapping Overview2/10/20152343
Satellite Mapping Overview2/3/20152121
Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20152304
Satellite Mapping Overview1/21/20152237
Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20152300
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20152518
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20142395
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20142448
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20142386
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20142538
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20142280
Satellite Mapping Overview11/18/20142503
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20142729
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20142597
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20142661
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142793
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20142835
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20144116
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142781
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20143081
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142978
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142666
Satellite Mapping Overview3/18/20142636
Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142858
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142831
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20143137
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20143228
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20143496
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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.