In the framework of the partnership between the World Bank and the Government of Malawi for flood risk reduction in the Shire River Basin, ITHACA has been appointed technical consultant for the development and implementation of a web-based data sharing tool based on GeoNode (http://geonode.org/), the free and open-source software which is being used in a number of other OpenDRI projects in the region and around the world.
ITHACA, in consortium with the leading Italian e-Geos, the German GAF and the French SIRS, is in charge of the provision of mapping products to be delivered to the authorized users active in the field of crisis management in the EU Member States, in addition to the European Civil Protection Mechanism, the Commission's Directorates-General (DGs) and the participating executive agencies and international humanitarian aid.
The 8th International Conference on Geo-information for Disaster Management (Gi4DM) will be held on 13-16 2012 in Enschede, the Netherlands.
The Sahel Food Crisis is a platform for sharing data in response to early warnings about increased food insecurity in the Sahel region of West Africa.
Some 20 representatives from EU-JRC, USGS, GEO, UNOOSA, SERVIR, DLR, CSA/Athena Global, SERTIT, ITHACA and Sentinel Asia gathered in Ispra, Italy to formally establish the International Working Group on satellite based emergency mapping (IWG-SEM). This was a follow-up to the first meeting hosted by DLR in Hohenkammer in September 2011.
ITHACA attended the 12th United Nations Geographic Information Working Group (UNGIWG) Plenary Meeting in Vienna, Austria.
ITHACA was among the partners who met at Harvard University last 6 and 7 February for the GeoNode summit. The summit gathered many of the major GeoNode partners together with the aim to share a development roadmap and commit resources to it.
As associate partner in the AREAS project, ITHACA offers the opportunity to Asian students to undertake a study period in Torino, Italy, in the field of geomatics for emergency management: remote sensing techniques, spatial data management and analysis, cartography, rapid mapping, early warning systems development.
The mission was arranged by the UN WFP Country Director in Yangon, with the goal to help the government and NGO partners in Myanmar to use the latest technology in the field to map situations such as the cyclone devastation caused by Nargis in 2008.
The XXII Congress of ISPRS will be held in Melbourne and will run for 8 days, from the 25th August to 1st September 2012. The theme for the Congress is Imaging a Sustainable Future.
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.