In the framework of a service agreement between WFP and ITHACA involving Ethiopian government counterparts, ITHACA organizes and holds a 2-days workshop in Addis Ababa (25 and 26 July 2011). The workshop attendees are officials from local Ministries and the purpose is to transfer knowledge on configuring and maintaining hydrological models for flood prevention and mitigation, with a particular focus on the Awash river basin.
The first International Workshop on Global Flood Monitoring and Forecasting gathered 20 scientific experts, 4 humanitarian organizations and 2 insurance groups to discuss the state of the art in this new and multi-disciplinary field. Main purpose of the workshop was to verify the possibility of integrating different systems.
WFP SDI is a platform that provides to final users a complete set of functionalities for acquiring, managing, analyzing, representing and disseminating geographically related information.
The EC funded three-year project focused on the development of a GMES service for geospatial reference data access (RDA) covering areas outside Europe is in its 2nd year and the Ithaca team is working on the development and updating of the related tasks.
The GeoServer and GeoNetwork instances are used to publish ITHACA data as well as Ithaca maps. GeoNode is under development in order to manage cartographic maps using relational database to embed used layers with automatic metadata publication on GeoNetwork. The printing module of GeoNode is under set up in order to have custom layouts as well as different page formats.
ITHACA is engaged in carrying out scientific applied research in the field of damage assessment after an earthquake, in strict collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino. A master degree thesis, currently in the finalizing stage, is focused on the evaluation of the semantic accuracy of earthquake building damage assessment based on aerial/satellite data. The research aims to assess the achievable accuracy in function of the spatial resolution of the considered remotely sensed data. The experimental tests are based on the 2010 Haiti earthquake case study. Data acquired in Port-au-Prince by the Ithaca team using a Low Cost Mobile Mapping System (LCMMS) are used as ground truth.
The United Nations Geographical Information Working Group (UNGIWG) is a network of professionals working in the fields of cartography and geographic information science to building the UN Spatial Data Infrastructure.
In consortium with 5 European partners, Ithaca submitted a proposal to the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development in the theme “Food, Agriculture and Fisheries and Biotecnologies”.
3-8 May | Antalya, Turkey
Geomatics technologies are able to support management and recovery in the aftermath of manmade and natural disasters. However, disaster management also poses big challenges in all aspects of the geo-information cycle, from data acquisition, processing, management and delivery. For the seventh time, the International Symposium on Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) brings together researchers, developers, data providers and users from all over the world to discuss these challenges.
While geomatics technologies are capable of supporting management and recovery in the aftermath of both manmade and natural disasters, disaster management also poses big challenges in all areas of the geo-information cycle.
ITHACA staff deployed in Port-au-Prince (Haiti) has started the damage assessment using the LCMMS (Low Cost Mobile Mapping System) jointly developed by Politecnico di Torino and ITHACA itself.
After the arrival in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), ITHACA staff was transferred to Port-au-Prince (Haiti) on a UNHAS flight on February, 16th. At Log Base, which is located inside the airport, the WFP officers, Ramiro Lopes da Silva and Carlos Veloso, were contacted.
A team of experts from ITHACA, because of its collaboration with the World Food Programme, will leave on Sunday, February the 14th, to go to Haiti in order to support the WFP, the other UN agencies and the humanitarian organizations now in that area, in organizing the logistics of the humanitarian rescues.
Within the 6th Gi4DM Conference a cartographic exhibition of maps created by the international community for the earthquake that occurred in Haiti on January 12th, 2010 (Press release in english and italian).
The Gi4DM Conference will take place in Turin from February 2nd to 4th.
The fundamental goal of the symposium is to share experiences and solutions on the disaster management problems in their entirety by considering geospatial technologies applicable for emergency and disaster management, as well as particular user requirements for spatial data and standards. Information about the conference can be found on the Gi4DM 2010 site.
ITHACA is producing early impact maps in order to assist the population affected by the earthquake in Haiti. The maps shows the post-earthquake assessment related to collapsed/damaged buildings, damages to infrastructure (interrupted/not accessible roads), landslides, and spontaneous camps.
ITHACA is continuing to produce, in cooperation with e-Geos (Italian Space Agency - ASI and Telespazio) and World Food Programme (WFP), early impact maps in order to assist the Far East countries affected by tropical thypoons, earthquake and tsunami. For any further information please visit UNOOSA web portal.
The International Academy of Astronautics (of which prof. Piero Boccardo is a member) has produced a document about the International Aerospace System for Monitoring of Global Geophysical Phenomena and Forecasting of Natural and Man-Caused Disasters, to submit to the United Nations.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ITHACA and the European Community, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizien of the Joint Research Center, in the aim of establishing the basis for future collaboration in the field of:
ITHACA delivered to WFP Country Office the first digital map over Bangladesh districts hit by Tropical Cyclone Aila that has displaced millions of people in India and Bangladesh on the 25th of May.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ITHACA and Dartmouth Flood Observatory, Department of Geography, to conduct research in the following areas:
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between ITHACA and BLOM CGR (the Italian subsidiary of the BLOM GROUP) to set a basic framework for future research that will regard the definition and implementation of new products and services based on aerial data acquisition; the implementation of geo web services, with the aim to build synergies in the geomatic field.
As Chair of the ISPRS WGVIII/1, Prof. Piero Boccardo joins the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Study Group "International Aerospace System for Monitoring of Global Geophysical Phenomena and Forecasting of Natural and Man-Caused Disasters". Boccardo along with Sisi Zlatanova, Chair of the ISPRS WGIV/8, increase the ISPRS Representation in the Study Group in the hope, according to ISPRS President Orhan Altan, these actions will help to coordinate ISPRS activities in very important areas and achieve better results for the Mankind.
Today a formal collaboration agreement will be signed between Ithaca and Vodafone. Vodafone, one of the leading worldwide company in the field of mobile communication will sign a contract with Ithaca for the testing of a map database devoted to telecomm planning.