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.
A GeoNode new version has been released during the Fall 2015 Code Sprint held in parallel in New Orleans, LA, USA (hosted by Boundless) and in Turin, Italy (hosted by ITHACA).
The workshop is organised by ISPRS WG VIII/1 - Disaster and Risk Reduction jointly with the Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS).
Ecomondo is the reference platform for the Mediterranean dedicated to the main international strategies on eco-innovation. It was held from 3 to 6 November 2015 in Rimini Fiera.
ITHACA is hosting the 2015 Fall GeoNode Code Sprint from November 17th to 20th in Turin, Italy while Boundless will be hosting New Orleans, LA, USA. Both locations will engage with each other on a daily basis as discussions will be organized around triaging tickets, documentation, and more.
Next Tuesday we will present the GeoNode Open Source project at the ASITA 2015 Conference. ASITA is the Italian Federation of Scientifc Associations for Territorial and Environmental Information. This year conference will be held in Lecco at the local Politecnico di Milano campus.
The 15th EMS (European Meteorological Society) Annual Meeting & 12th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology (ECAM) will be held in Sofia (Bulgaria) from September 7th to 11th 2015. This year conference theme is "High impact weather and hydrological hazards: from observation to impact mitigation".
Hosted by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium 2015 (IGARSS 2015) will be held from Sunday July 26th through Friday July 31th, 2015 at the Convention Center in Milan, Italy. The Conference main theme is "Remote Sensing: Understanding the Earth for a Safer World".
ITHACA, together with more than 20 experts in the field of Satellite Emergency Mapping, participated to the IWG-SEM meeting in Bonn on 28-29 May 2015, with the goal to further consolidate cooperation mechanisms during the different phases of Emergency Mapping. The focus of the meeting was on collaborative mapping and crowdsourcing, with ad-hoc presentations from Tomnod, HOT-OSM and ImageCat. For ITHACA it was also an opportunity to strengthen the relationship with HOT-OSM.
Following the massive earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, the Rapid Mapping module of the COPERNICUS emergency management service, for which ITHACA is production site since 2012, was activated for mapping the areas hit by the catastrophe.
From the 2nd to the 4th of February, users and developers sat together to release the final GeoNode version 2.4. The GeoNode Developers' Summit was split in two sites, one hosted by CNR ISMAR in Venice (Italy) and one hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
In the framework of the EuropeAid funded project aimed at building local capacities on solid waste management in Myanmar, ITHACA organized and held a training course on geographical data management. Training attendees were staff from the Pollution Control and Cleansing Department (PCCD) of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).
AREAS+ second call for applications period has been extended until February 22nd 2015 for EUROPEAN APPLICANTS only. Applications are open for mobility to one of the Asian partner universities (check HERE for the full list).
Within the World Bank financed project MASDAP, ITHACA held a technical training session on the use of satellite data for vulnerability assessment in Blantyre from December 15 to 19, 2014.
On October 20 ITHACA started a 3-week specialization module on GIS and GPS systems for 3 Ethiopian trainees in the framework of the WATSAM project, coordinated by Hydroaid - Water for Development Management Institute.