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 Overview1/22/201855
Satellite Mapping Overview1/16/2018101
Satellite Mapping Overview1/12/201876
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/2017238
Satellite Mapping Overview12/12/2017178
Satellite Mapping Overview12/4/2017186
Satellite mapping overview 11/27/2017211
Satellite mapping overview 11/20/2017191
Satellite Mapping Overview11/15/2017228
Satellite Mapping Overview11/7/2017253
Satellite Mapping Overview10/31/2017246
Satellite Mapping Overview10/23/2017252
Satellite Mapping Overview10/17/2017230
Satellite Mapping Overview10/2/2017401
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017370
Satellite Mapping Overview9/26/2017295
Satellite Mapping Overview9/15/2017596
Satellite Mapping Overview9/7/2017674
Satellite Mapping Overview8/29/2017545
Satellite Mapping Overview8/22/2017426
Satellite Mapping Overview8/15/2017379
Satellite Mapping Overview8/8/2017354
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/2017347
Satellite Mapping Overview7/24/2017434
Satellite Mapping Overview7/18/2017411
Satellite Mapping Overview7/11/2017424
Satellite Mapping Overview7/4/2017421
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017474
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017372
Satellite Mapping Overview6/27/2017382
Satellite Mapping Overview6/22/2017451
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/2017511
Satellite Mapping Overview6/13/2017486
Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/20171900
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/20171094
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/2017948
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017908
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/2017997
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017910
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/20161100
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/20161161
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/20161003
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/20161280
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/20161251
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/20161028
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/20161080
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/20161106
Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/20161389
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/2016913
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/20161281
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161875
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/20161271
Satellite Mapping Overview6/21/20161167
Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/20161296
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20161427
Satellite Mapping Overview6/1/20161395
Satellite Mapping Overview5/24/20161336
Satellite Mapping Overview5/18/20161383
Satellite Mapping Overview5/10/20161369
Satellite Mapping Overview5/3/20161532
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161287
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/20161211
Satellite Mapping Overview4/14/20161634
Satellite Mapping Overview4/4/20161272
Satellite Mapping Overview3/30/20161170
Satellite Mapping Overview3/16/20161342
Satellite Mapping Overview3/8/20161262
Satellite Mapping Overview2/29/20161304
Satellite Mapping Overview2/23/20161299
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20161366
Satellite Mapping Overview2/9/20161398
Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151588
Satellite Mapping Overview12/21/20151654
Satellite Mapping Overview12/11/20151502
Satellite Mapping Overview12/1/20151658
Satellite Mapping Overview11/24/20151521
Satellite Mapping Overview11/17/20151509
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20151559
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20151668
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20151612
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20151587
Satellite Mapping Overview10/6/20152097
Satellite Mapping Overview9/16/20152020
Satellite Mapping Overview9/8/20151712
Satellite Mapping Overview9/3/20151871
Satellite Mapping Overview8/25/20151793
Satellite Mapping Overview8/21/20151705
Satellite Mapping Overview8/11/20151899
Satellite Mapping Overview8/4/20151711
Satellite Mapping Overview7/27/20151635
Satellite Mapping Overview7/14/20151720
Satellite Mapping Overview7/7/20151821
Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151796
Satellite Mapping Overview6/23/20151684
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/20151861
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20151829
Satellite Mapping Overview6/2/20151924
Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20151841
Satellite Mapping Overview5/19/20152111
Satellite Mapping Overview5/12/20152024
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20152165
Satellite Mapping Overview4/29/20152333
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20152613
Satellite Mapping Overview4/16/20152218
Satellite Mapping Overview4/8/20151973
Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20152157
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20152048
Satellite Mapping Overview3/17/20151996
Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20151986
Satellite Mapping Overview3/3/20152029
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20152035
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20152117
Satellite Mapping Overview2/10/20152132
Satellite Mapping Overview2/3/20151933
Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20152079
Satellite Mapping Overview1/21/20152056
Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20152116
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20152311
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20142201
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20142244
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20142189
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20142333
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20142106
Satellite Mapping Overview11/18/20142298
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20142513
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20142396
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20142461
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142604
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20142613
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143929
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142608
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20142895
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142779
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142495
Satellite Mapping Overview3/18/20142460
Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142669
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142638
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20142947
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20143020
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20143269
 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.