Rapid Mapping

ITHACA is deploying a team to Haiti to support the World Food Programme

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.

The 3 mapping experts from ITHACA and Politecnico di Torino, will be in charge of establishing and making operational a unit that produces maps of the areas affected by the earthquake and of carrying out ground surveys with innovative technologies based on the use of video cameras and GPS receivers in order to obtain georeferenced sequences that would gather information about the damages to infrastructures.

The Association staff will remain on field for about a month with the possibility of extending the period of stay.

The Rector of Politecnico di Torino has expressed his appreciation for the initiative: "We are very proud for the high-level scientific and technical contribution that ITHACA will be able to provide to the international community for the coordination of the humanitarian aids in Haiti. This is a demonstration of how research and technology have a strong social impact and we believe that it is our duty, as a scientific institution, to give all our concrete aid in such a serious and difficult situation."

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