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 Overview8/15/201767
Satellite Mapping Overview8/8/201790
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/201773
Satellite Mapping Overview7/24/2017156
Satellite Mapping Overview7/18/2017127
Satellite Mapping Overview7/11/2017146
Satellite Mapping Overview7/4/2017168
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017176
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017112
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017121
Satellite Mapping Overview6/22/2017169
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/2017207
Satellite Mapping Overview6/13/2017176
Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/20171495
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/2017675
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/2017534
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017520
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/2017614
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017552
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/2016655
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/2016717
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/2016623
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/2016847
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/2016821
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/2016655
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016717
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016662
Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/2016937
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/2016633
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/2016852
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161470
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/2016879
Satellite Mapping Overview6/21/2016846
Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/2016919
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20161007
Satellite Mapping Overview6/1/2016993
Satellite Mapping Overview5/24/2016938
Satellite Mapping Overview5/18/2016991
Satellite Mapping Overview5/10/20161027
Satellite Mapping Overview5/3/20161103
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/2016962
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/2016877
Satellite Mapping Overview4/14/20161208
Satellite Mapping Overview4/4/2016950
Satellite Mapping Overview3/30/2016867
Satellite Mapping Overview3/16/2016998
Satellite Mapping Overview3/8/2016975
Satellite Mapping Overview2/29/2016980
Satellite Mapping Overview2/23/2016970
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/2016984
Satellite Mapping Overview2/9/20161042
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151318
Satellite Mapping Overview12/21/20151231
Satellite Mapping Overview12/11/20151190
Satellite Mapping Overview12/1/20151281
Satellite Mapping Overview11/24/20151183
Satellite Mapping Overview11/17/20151223
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20151194
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20151347
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20151214
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20151261
Satellite Mapping Overview10/6/20151654
Satellite Mapping Overview9/16/20151608
Satellite Mapping Overview9/8/20151341
Satellite Mapping Overview9/3/20151522
Satellite Mapping Overview8/25/20151416
Satellite Mapping Overview8/21/20151291
Satellite Mapping Overview8/11/20151510
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/20151372
Satellite Mapping Overview7/27/20151322
Satellite Mapping Overview7/14/20151406
Satellite Mapping Overview7/7/20151522
Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151501
Satellite Mapping Overview6/23/20151415
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/20151578
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20151552
Satellite Mapping Overview6/2/20151522
Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20151486
Satellite Mapping Overview5/19/20151724
Satellite Mapping Overview5/12/20151676
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20151859
Satellite Mapping Overview4/29/20151942
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20152238
Satellite Mapping Overview4/16/20151822
Satellite Mapping Overview4/8/20151617
Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20151805
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20151697
Satellite Mapping Overview3/17/20151711
Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20151686
Satellite Mapping Overview3/3/20151665
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20151739
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20151823
Satellite Mapping Overview2/10/20151716
Satellite Mapping Overview2/3/20151634
Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20151703
Satellite Mapping Overview1/21/20151766
Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20151798
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20151913
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20141853
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20141871
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20141848
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20141953
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20141777
Satellite Mapping Overview11/18/20141921
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20142093
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20142083
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20142081
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142278
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20142244
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143629
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142310
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20142602
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142436
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142217
Satellite Mapping Overview3/18/20142144
Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142355
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142291
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20142645
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20142647
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20142866
 Request a map
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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.