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Fabio Giulio Tonolo
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The ISPRS Council has appointed the ITHACA Director, Prof. Piero Boccardo, as ISPRS representative to the main UN Agencies (WFP, UNOOSA, OCHA, FAO and UNHCR) especially in disaster and remote sensing applications.
ITHACA produced the first map concerning the flood event occurred in Romania and Ukraine.
ISPRS is a non-governmental international organization, devoted to the development of international cooperation for the advancement of knowledge, research, development, education and training in the photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences, their integration and applications, to contribute to the well-being of humanity and the sustainability of the environment.
ITHACA and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) of the Earth Institute at Columbia University set a Memorandum of Understanding for co-operation.
Thomson Reuters Foundation considers ITHACA as one of the leading organization in providing geomatic information for environmental and humanitarian emergencies. ITHACA‘s maps are added in the AlertNet system (Alerting humanitarians to emergencies).