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Journal of Imaging - Special Issue "Imaging and Mapping the Earthquake in Italy" - Call for contributions
On August 24th a 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Central Italy. The most affected areas are Accumoli (near the earthquake epicentre), Amatrice, Arquata del Tronto and Pescara del Tronto with nearly 300 people dead and hundreds injured.
A Review on "Global trends in Satellite-based Emergency Mapping" was published on the Science journal special issue on Natural Hazard dated 15 July 2016 (URL: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/353/6296/247, DOI: 10.1126/science.aad8728).
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.
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.
For the first time Sentinel-1A satellite was operationally used to support emergency management operations in the Balkans, where prolonged heavy rainfalls and widespread flooding since the 15th of May 2014 triggered the declaration of the State of Emergency.
ITHACA, together with representatives from DLR, EC, SERTIT, UN-SPIDER and USGS, participated to the IWG-SEM meeting in Oberpfaffenhofen on 20-21 May 2014 and handed over the chairmanship role, which rotates nominally on a yearly basis, to DLR.
International NGOs and the UN will bring aid in the field using disaster maps issued by the the European Commission's Copernicus Emergency Management Service soon after Typhoon Haiyan violently struck the Philippines on the 8th of November. The first damage assessment maps show the most affected areas of Tacloban City.
In the first six months of operations of the EMS-Mapping, nearly 20 activations, almost one per week, were handled and related maps were produced in rush mode by the contracted service provider, a group of European industries led by the Italian company e-GEOS executing the service coordination and mapping production tasks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ITHACA produced the first map concerning the flood event occurred in Romania and Ukraine.
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).