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 Overview11/15/201763
Satellite Mapping Overview11/7/2017123
Satellite Mapping Overview10/31/2017119
Satellite Mapping Overview10/23/2017146
Satellite Mapping Overview10/17/2017130
Satellite Mapping Overview10/2/2017281
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017212
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017158
Satellite Mapping Overview9/15/2017420
Satellite Mapping Overview9/7/2017532
Satellite Mapping Overview8/29/2017401
Satellite Mapping Overview8/22/2017291
Satellite Mapping Overview8/15/2017274
Satellite Mapping Overview8/8/2017252
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/2017241
Satellite Mapping Overview7/24/2017327
Satellite Mapping Overview7/18/2017301
Satellite Mapping Overview7/11/2017317
Satellite Mapping Overview7/4/2017320
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017371
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017263
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017282
Satellite Mapping Overview6/22/2017344
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/2017386
Satellite Mapping Overview6/13/2017333
Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/20171739
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/2017945
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/2017776
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017734
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/2017842
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017771
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/2016926
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/2016993
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/2016847
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/20161121
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/20161094
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/2016882
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016942
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016940
Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/20161207
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/2016798
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/20161108
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161721
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/20161116
Satellite Mapping Overview6/21/20161030
Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/20161144
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20161260
Satellite Mapping Overview6/1/20161238
Satellite Mapping Overview5/24/20161172
Satellite Mapping Overview5/18/20161218
Satellite Mapping Overview5/10/20161241
Satellite Mapping Overview5/3/20161369
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161164
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161077
Satellite Mapping Overview4/14/20161474
Satellite Mapping Overview4/4/20161141
Satellite Mapping Overview3/30/20161050
Satellite Mapping Overview3/16/20161199
Satellite Mapping Overview3/8/20161142
Satellite Mapping Overview2/29/20161170
Satellite Mapping Overview2/23/20161168
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20161207
Satellite Mapping Overview2/9/20161268
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151484
Satellite Mapping Overview12/21/20151482
Satellite Mapping Overview12/11/20151382
Satellite Mapping Overview12/1/20151494
Satellite Mapping Overview11/24/20151397
Satellite Mapping Overview11/17/20151411
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20151427
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20151536
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20151458
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20151453
Satellite Mapping Overview10/6/20151912
Satellite Mapping Overview9/16/20151864
Satellite Mapping Overview9/8/20151562
Satellite Mapping Overview9/3/20151731
Satellite Mapping Overview8/25/20151646
Satellite Mapping Overview8/21/20151546
Satellite Mapping Overview8/11/20151742
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/20151567
Satellite Mapping Overview7/27/20151519
Satellite Mapping Overview7/14/20151589
Satellite Mapping Overview7/7/20151703
Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151681
Satellite Mapping Overview6/23/20151589
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/20151754
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20151729
Satellite Mapping Overview6/2/20151759
Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20151690
Satellite Mapping Overview5/19/20151958
Satellite Mapping Overview5/12/20151888
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20152047
Satellite Mapping Overview4/29/20152181
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20152465
Satellite Mapping Overview4/16/20152066
Satellite Mapping Overview4/8/20151821
Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20152023
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20151898
Satellite Mapping Overview3/17/20151888
Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20151873
Satellite Mapping Overview3/3/20151878
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20151929
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20152009
Satellite Mapping Overview2/10/20151963
Satellite Mapping Overview2/3/20151820
Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20151928
Satellite Mapping Overview1/21/20151950
Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20151991
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20152142
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20142065
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20142086
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20142057
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20142178
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20141976
Satellite Mapping Overview11/18/20142146
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20142343
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20142284
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20142307
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142489
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20142466
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143808
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142496
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20142781
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142643
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142389
Satellite Mapping Overview3/18/20142327
Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142548
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142495
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20142826
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20142876
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20143106
 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.