Yesterday, this blog noted that events like Typhoon Haiyan have been fueling an ongoing revolution in disaster response technologies, many of which are based on the concept of crowd-sourcing. Today for your consideration, find below a partial listing of mapping and related efforts by "traditional" organizations:
- All Partners Access Network (APAN)
- Center for Satellite Based Crisis Information
- European Commission: Copernicus Emergency Management Service
- Google Crisis Map
- Hazards Data Distribution System (USGS)
- UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT)
- Pacific Disaster Center
- Philippine Government Official Gazette
An even more indepth compendium of mapping resources and data can be found by using a link on the homepage of the World-Wide Human Geography Data (WWHGD) Working Group:
(November 16, 2013)
Comment: Two thoughts -
1.) Ten years ago, good luck finding more than a couple of the folks on the list above with any real ability to respond to a disaster. Now, groups are layering efforts on top of one another with no real plan for deconflicting. Time to give some thought to that one.
2.) Taking the above idea one step further - If there is this much capability out there - and U.S. domestic circumstances are similar - and your response plans don't address how to request and use this amazing range of geospatial technology, then odds are you're well on your way to being proof that failing to plan, is planning to fail.
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