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.

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Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/2017847
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/2017360
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/2017279
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017277
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/2017355
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017309
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/2016389
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Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/2016686
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Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161189
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Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20151292
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Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20151646
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20141648
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20141651
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20141652
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20141734
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20141565
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Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20141759
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142050
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20141954
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143435
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142127
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20142381
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142237
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142019
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Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142144
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142036
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20142397
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20142437
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20142610
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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.