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.
The Association is participating to one of the consortia invited by the World Bank to submit their proposal for the monitoring of project impacts regarding environment, ecology, hydrology, economics and social resettlement within the WB financed project "ODRA RIVER BASIN FLOOD PROTECTION PROJECT" in Poland.
Piero Boccardo, Director of ITHACA, was appointed as President of the ASITA Scientific Committee. ASITA is the Federation of the Italian Scientific Associations devoted to Geomatics and Environmental applications. More information on the ASITA web site.
From November 4th to 7th ITHACA attended the 9th UNGIWG Plenary Meeting in Vienna, Austria.
From the 10th to the 12th of November, ITHACA will take part in the mission to Washington DC - organized in the frame of the Project Tender of Torino Chamber of Commerce - to meet with the World Bank Group (WB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to investigate possible opportunities in the field of disaster and risk management.
During this autumn ITHACA will be present in several meetings and congresses.
Prof. Boccardo, Director of ITHACA, was appointed as Chairman of Working Group I, which covers disaster and health, by the President of ISPRS Commission VIII, Haruhisa Shimoda of the Tokai University Research and Information Center.
ISPRS Commission VIII is composed of 8 Working Groups, and each WG has a Working Group Chairman, Woking Group Co-Chairmen, and a Secretary if necessary.
As a chairman, Boccardo will attend both the Kyoto meeting and Melbourne meeting. Also he is expected to organize his working group, and also to organize around 3 oral sessions in Kyoto. Each session is composed of 5 papers.
The final decision of the working group chairmen will be made at the coming ISPRS Council meeting, which will held from 12 October 2008.
Arpa Piemonte and ITHACA have triggered a cooperation initiative in order to identify the causes of the foam phenomenon that is taking place since last year on the Maggiore Lake.
ITHACA was requested by the International Charter for Space and Major Disaster to process data over Haiti for the assessment of the impact of Hurricane Ike.
ITHACA maps are now available on Reuters AlertNet, the humanitarian news network by Reuters Foundation. Maps are linked using the ITHACA RSS Feed and can be found on the AlertNet Map catalogue section.