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 Overview6/22/201741
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/201788
Satellite Mapping Overview6/13/201780
Satellite Mapping Overview2/13/20171357
Satellite Mapping Overview 2/7/2017544
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/31/2017419
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/24/2017403
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/17/2017489
Satellite Mapping Overview 1/10/2017424
Satellite Mapping Overview 12/19/2016525
Satellite Mapping Overview12/6/2016589
Satellite Mapping Overview11/29/2016521
Satellite Mapping Overview11/4/2016719
Satellite Mapping Overview10/25/2016627
Satellite Mapping Overview10/20/2016526
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016591
Satellite Mapping Overview10/13/2016534
Satellite Mapping Overview9/27/2016816
Satellite Mapping Overview9/23/2016544
Satellite Mapping Overview9/14/2016718
Satellite Mapping Overview7/12/20161336
Satellite Mapping Overview6/29/2016774
Satellite Mapping Overview6/21/2016741
Satellite Mapping Overview6/15/2016786
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/2016878
Satellite Mapping Overview6/1/2016855
Satellite Mapping Overview5/24/2016816
Satellite Mapping Overview5/18/2016862
Satellite Mapping Overview5/10/2016899
Satellite Mapping Overview5/3/2016975
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/2016850
Satellite Mapping Overview4/27/2016776
Satellite Mapping Overview4/14/20161074
Satellite Mapping Overview4/4/2016848
Satellite Mapping Overview3/30/2016775
Satellite Mapping Overview3/16/2016897
Satellite Mapping Overview3/8/2016884
Satellite Mapping Overview2/29/2016885
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Satellite Mapping Overview12/28/20151230
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Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20151100
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Satellite Mapping Overview10/6/20151529
Satellite Mapping Overview9/16/20151489
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Satellite Mapping Overview8/21/20151190
Satellite Mapping Overview8/11/20151388
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Satellite Mapping Overview7/27/20151233
Satellite Mapping Overview7/14/20151310
Satellite Mapping Overview7/7/20151425
Satellite Mapping Overview6/30/20151397
Satellite Mapping Overview6/23/20151311
Satellite Mapping Overview6/16/20151470
Satellite Mapping Overview6/9/20151456
Satellite Mapping Overview6/2/20151410
Satellite Mapping Overview5/26/20151391
Satellite Mapping Overview5/19/20151617
Satellite Mapping Overview5/12/20151582
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20151762
Satellite Mapping Overview4/29/20151817
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20152126
Satellite Mapping Overview4/16/20151720
Satellite Mapping Overview4/8/20151533
Satellite Mapping Overview3/31/20151706
Satellite Mapping Overview3/24/20151608
Satellite Mapping Overview3/17/20151579
Satellite Mapping Overview3/10/20151582
Satellite Mapping Overview3/3/20151555
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20151642
Satellite Mapping Overview2/17/20151724
Satellite Mapping Overview2/10/20151592
Satellite Mapping Overview2/3/20151535
Satellite Mapping Overview1/27/20151606
Satellite Mapping Overview1/21/20151666
Satellite Mapping Overview1/13/20151703
Satellite Mapping Overview1/6/20151820
Satellite Mapping Overview12/23/20141748
Satellite Mapping Overview12/17/20141766
Satellite Mapping Overview12/9/20141752
Satellite Mapping Overview12/2/20141848
Satellite Mapping Overview11/26/20141671
Satellite Mapping Overview11/18/20141824
Satellite Mapping Overview11/11/20141975
Satellite Mapping Overview11/3/20141975
Satellite Mapping Overview10/27/20141987
Satellite Mapping Overview10/21/20142160
Satellite Mapping Overview10/8/20142128
Satellite Mapping Overview5/6/20143540
Satellite Mapping Overview4/22/20142217
Satellite Mapping Overview4/9/20142496
Satellite Mapping Overview4/1/20142351
Satellite Mapping Overview3/25/20142121
Satellite Mapping Overview3/18/20142055
Satellite Mapping Overview3/12/20142252
Satellite Mapping Overview2/26/20142178
Satellite Mapping Overview2/11/20142541
Satellite Mapping Overview1/22/20142543
Satellite Mapping Overview1/9/20142747
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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.