The United Nations International Conference on Space-Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction – "Building Resilience through Integrated Applications" was held in Beijing, China from 23 to 25 October 2017 and counted about one hundred participants from 34 countries and eight regions.
A forest fire started on the 21st of October over the loans of the towns of Bussoleno and Caprie in Val di Susa. On the 24th of October the burnt area estimation was about 1000 hectares (source: La Stampa).
Torino Mapping Party – Collaborative mapping for a better mobility è un evento pubblico che vuole coinvolgere mappatori esperti, cittadini e chiunque voglia partecipare e contribuire attivamente alle mappe OpenStreetMap utilizzate dal servizio di infomobilità Muoversi a Torino, il nuovo e innovativo servizio di calcolo percorso che favorisce una mobilità più facile e accessibile nell’area urbana e metropolitana torinese.
L'evento è organizzato da 5T e ITHACA con il patrocinio della Città di Torino ed inserito nel programma di Torino Design of the City, una settimana di incontri, esposizioni e workshop dedicati al design.
Dove e quando
Sabato 14 ottobre 2017 ore 9.00 @ Open Incet – Via Cigna 96/17, Torino
Che cos’è un mapping party?
Il mapping party è un evento in cui utenti esperti si riuniscono con utenti meno esperti, cittadini e chiunque voglia partecipare e contribuire allo spirito di condivisione della mappa e ottenere una conoscenza condivisa e ampia del territorio in cui si vive.
L’obiettivo del primo Torino Mapping Party è quello di coinvolgere i cittadini e chi vive la città a contribuire alle mappe OpenStreetMap utilizzate dal servizio di infomobilità Muoversi a Torino, con la raccolta e l’inserimento di dati e informazioni di pubblica utilità a beneficio di tutti coloro che vivono, lavorano o visitano Torino.
L’area oggetto di mappatura per questa prima edizione è il quartiere di Barriera di Milano.
Chi può partecipare?
La partecipazione è libera e gratuita fino ad un massimo di 40 partecipanti. Non è necessaria alcuna precedente esperienza con OpenStreetMap o con particolari tecniche di mappatura: i partecipanti più esperti potranno supportare quelli meno esperti.
Per maggiori informazioni, visita il sito www.muoversiatorino.it/mapping-party
On Wednesday July 26th the SUMP Project turned to an end with its final conference, held at Main Hall of Yangon City Development Committee.
The SUMP project supported Yangon in improving public transportation by building institutional technical capacities, creating a stronger strategic planning capacity, facilitating access to appropriate technologies and encouraging community participation in public decision-making.
The conference had the aim to share the experience gathered during the two year implementation of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan project and to present its outcomes. It was attended by the secretary of Yangon City Development Committee, YCDC committee members, European Union Delegation, Italian Embassy and Italian Cooperation, Local Authorities (Township Administration, YCDC Township Administration), Traffic Police Force, Yangon Regional Transport Authority, Myanmar Railways, CBOs from project townships, Private Companies, media and other interested organizations working on Mobility and other Urban Developments.
In the final session of the conference participants, after having been informed about the activities implemented by the project, were able to debate with the Authorites about possible future pathways towards a more sustainable management of mobility in Yangon.
In a parallel event to the final conference, a “Mapping day” was implemented by SUMP project partners with the support of Phandeeyar and One Map. The topic was about uploading information on public transportation, street naming and public institutions to Open Street Map, a goal to be achieved with the support of voluntary mappers.
A delegation from Yangon, Myanmar, composed of 7 representatives led by Colonel Tin Aung Tun, Minister for Security & Border Affairs, visited its project partners in Torino in the week from May 22 to 26.
Two ITHACA members attended the EGU assembly held in Wien from April 23rd to April 28th. Five contributions were presented, of which two were marked as highlights.
Journal of Imaging - Special Issue "Imaging and Mapping the Earthquake in Italy" - Call for contributions
ITHACA is part of the delegation currently visiting Yangon (Myanmar) in the framework of the EuopeAid project SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning).
From November 28th to December 2nd developers, stakeholders and decision makers met at the GeoNode Summit in Rome. The Summit was organized by the UN World Food Program (WFP) and meetings were held at their headquarters. More than 50 people came from all around the world to discuss the state of the GeoNode development, future releases, new features and present their projects.
It is a very busy September for ITHACA staff who is participating to various international events addressing the topics of disaster risk reduction and emergency management.
On August 24th a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. The most affected areas are Accumoli (near the earthquake epicentre), Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto with nearly 300 people dead and hundreds injured.
A Review on "Global trends in Satellite-based Emergency Mapping" was published on the Science journal special issue on Natural Hazard dated 15 July 2016 (URL: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6296/247, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad8728).
ITHACA participated to the VIII Congress of the Italian Remote Sensing Association (AIT) held in Palermo from 22 to 24 June 2016.
ITHACA participated in a field exercise on Civil Protection Modules within the framework of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, joining the Italian TAST (Technical Assistance Support Team) of the Regione Piemonte Civil Protection Sector.
The exercise (Trimodex exercise 3) was held in Weeze (Germany) from 26th to 29th of May 2016, where a deployment of an EUCP Team, TAST and USAR modules in a country hit by a hurricane with pre-existing issues related to refugees was realistically simulated, as you can see in this video.
This was a unique opportunity for Ithaca to better understand the information management requirements (especially in terms of mapping and geographic information) in the OSOCC (On Site Operations Coordination Centre) as well as in the BoO (Base of Operations).
We would like to thank the Regione Piemonte Civil Protection for making this collaboration possible as well as all the civil protection volunteers that joined the exercise.
ITHACA has been invited to present its activities at the Tropical Thursdays, a series of open seminars organized in the framework of the MSc in Natural Resources Management for Tropical Rural Development (Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and School of Agriculture of the University of Florence).
A new Version 1 of the Emergency Mapping Guidelines of the International Working Group on Satellite Emergency Mapping (IWG-SEM) was launched in December 2015 and it will be reviewed by the end of 2016. ITHACA actively contributed to drafting and finalizing the document.
La celebrazione della Giornata Mondiale dell'Acqua 2016 (Risoluzione ONU 47/193) è l’occasione per riunire tecnici e studiosi, ed in particolare i giovani allievi che nel prossimo futuro si occuperanno di ingegneria idraulica e dell’acqua come risorsa globale in un’ottica di sviluppo sostenibile, per dialogare intorno al tema dell’acqua e delle possibilità offerte e perseguite dalla cooperazione internazionale.
This NASA-ARSET webinar will provide demonstrations and hands-on experience in using NASA remote sensing observations and flood mapping tools useful for flood management. Participants will learn to access rainfall and the potentially surface inundation extent data for regional flood cases. In addition, participants will learn to access digital elevation and terrain data, as well as socioeconomic data, to facilitate flood risk assessment and post-flood relief planning using a GIS framework.
Check out ITHACA's contribution to Imaggeo on Mondays series, part of the GeoLog blog of the European Geosciences Union. The featured image was finalist at the 2015 EGU photo competition.
On February 4 a delegation composed of 6 representatives of public institutions involved in urban mobility form the city of Yangon visited Ithaca premises as part of their mission to Torino planned within the SUMP (Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning) project.
Issuing a map series to depict drought conditions over Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Vegetation stress analyses and rainfall anomalies maps are available here.
After several months of sweat and tears, ITHACA team is proud to launch the web application of the Drought Monitoring project in its initial version! Check it out at drought.ithacaweb.org.