A Humanitarian Relief GIS for East Africa
Track: Humanitarian Affairs and International Development
Author(s): Stacy Hoppen
Several organizations have created Web-based and freestanding GIS to support humanitarian relief projects for the Horn of Africa. The United Nations, Humanitarian Assistance Information Center, and U.S. Department of State are working in concert to produce a geospatial data system that will support humanitarian relief efforts for natural disasters and political upheaval. Various data sources have been searched and pertinent information retrieved. What is lacking are land use maps and some form of physical imagery to "see" what is happening on the ground. A global mapping project sponsored by NASA and NIMA has provided Landsat imagery and land use maps from that imagery for the continent of Africa. Landsat imagery and a 13-class land use map created from that imagery are delivered through an Esri ArcIMS site for the Horn of Africa. This presentation outlines the development and implementation of the remote sensing in support of humanitarian relief in eastern Africa.
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